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Interdisciplinary Research Centre

Transport research within the energy initiative is carried out across a number of departments and research groups at the University of Cambridge.

Research includes:

Ground Transport

  • Electric vehicles, including electric vehicle drive cycles and batteries and fuel cells development.
  • Heavy goods vehicles dynamics, including novel suspensions and control concepts for more efficient lorries.


  • Gas turbine aerodynamics
  • High temperature materials research in 4th and 5th generation turbine blade materials.

System Modelling

  • The development and deployment of smart networks for urban transport monitoring systems
  • Modelling transport in cities to investigate the system-wide impact of technological interventions such as electric and fuel cell vehicles, hybrid electric power trains, use of light-weight materials, downsizing, alternative fuels. 
  • The impacts investigated include energy use and emissions, capital and operating costs, energy demand under different policy scenarios.
  • Aviation integrated modelling of future travel demand, as well as the environmental impacts of aviation.

Some key centres and initiatives include:

We collaborate with industrial partners and are also actively involved in increasing both energy awareness and public understanding of the opportunities and challenges in transport.

Please visit individual faculty profiles to learn more about their research in the Transport theme.  

People specializing in this area

Principal Investigators

Dr Alexander  Archibald
Lecturer in Atmospheric Chemistry Modelling
Professor Jean  Bacon
Professor of Distributed Systems
Dr. Adam  Boies
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor David  Cebon
Member of Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Cambridge Vehicle Dynamics Consortium
Professor John  Clarkson
Dr Jonathan  Cullen
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
University Lecturer, Energy, Transport and Urban Infrastructure
Professor Vikram  Deshpande
Professor of Materials Engineering
Professor Dame Ann  Dowling
President of the Royal Academy of Engineering
Former Head of Department of Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Chairman of the University Gas Turbine Partnership with Rolls Royce
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Professor Marcial  Echenique
Professor of Land Use and Transport Studies
Professor Markus  Kraft
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Professor Robin  Langley
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Head of the Mechanics, Materials, and Design Division
Dr Teng  Long
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Lecturer in Power Electronics
Professor Jan  Maciejowski
Professor of Control Engineering
Professor Duncan  McFarlane
Professor of Service and Support Engineering
Professor Nigel  Peake
Professor of Applied Mathematics
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Dr Andrew  Rice
University Senior Lecturer

Associate Members

Senior Commercialisation Associate
Engagement Manager
Dr Beatrix  Schlarb-Ridley
Director of Innovation and Impact

Postdoctoral Researchers

Graduate Students

Visiting Researchers