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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
Professor Alastair  Beresford
Professor of Computer Security
Adam Boies
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor of Nanomaterials and Aerosol Engineering
David  Cebon
Member of Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Road Freight and the Cambridge Vehicle Dynamics Consortium
Professor John  Clarkson
Dr. David  Cole
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Jonathan  Cullen
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor of Sustainable Engineering
Professor Vikram  Deshpande
Professor of Materials Engineering
Dr. Cesare  Hall
Professor of Aerothermal Engineering
Professor Rod  Jones
Professor of Atmospheric Science
Markus  Kraft
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Professor of Chemical Engineering
Director of Cambridge Centre for Advanced Research and Education in Singapore (CARES)
Teng Long
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Lecturer in Power Electronics
Professor Duncan  McFarlane
Professor of Industrial Information Engineering
Head, Distributed Information & Automation Laboratory
Professor Nigel  Peake
Head of School of the Physical Sciences
Professor of Applied Mathematics
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Dr Andrew  Rice
Professor of Computer Science
Dr André  Cabrera Serrenho
University Assistant Professor
Dr. Hugh  Shercliff
University Associate Professor

Associate Members

Deputy Director, Centre for Climate Change Engagement
Engagement Manager
Dr Beatrix  Schlarb-Ridley
Director of Innovation and Impact

Postdoctoral Researchers

Graduate Students