Phil Goodwin

Appointed FIT Senior Fellow in 2020, working with Professor John Whitelegg, on the theme of transport and climate change.
Phil Goodwin

Focus of work

Professor Phil Goodwin was appointed FIT Senior Fellow in 2020, with Professor John Whitelegg, on the theme of transport and climate change.

Phil and John will work on separate agendas of work while collaborating with each other and interested researchers and agencies between 2020-22.

Phil plans work on:

  • the carbon effects of past and present roads programmes aimed at developing a net zero complaint sustainable roads strategy;
  • road space reallocation arising out of coronavirus pandemic; and
  • a technical and evidence base for local authorities and activist campaigns, both in support of sustainable policies and against unsustainable ones. 

Phil Goodwin, BSc (Econ), PhD (Civ. Eng.), FCILT, FCIHT, MTPA, is Emeritus Professor of Transport Policy at UCL and UWE. He was formerly a transport economist at the Greater London Council, director of the Oxford University Transport Studies Unit, a member of SACTRA, Chair of the panel of advisors for the 1998 Transport White Paper, a non-executive director of the Port of Dover, and Professor of Transport Policy at UCL and UWE.

He is a noted author on topics of induced and ‘evaporating’ traffic, travel demand, and transport policy. He is currently working on problems of the way in which carbon is treated in the appraisal of transport projects.

Selected publications

Carbon, the roads programme, and ‘de minimis’ in law

Phil Goodwin, Local Transport Today, 01 April 2021

Taking Grant Shapps’ walking and cycling targets seriously

Phil Goodwin, Local Transport Today, 19 February 2021

New Green Book paves way for shake up of road and transport appraisals

Phil Goodwin, Local Transport Today, 16 December 2020

Social media, disappearing traffic, and social justice

Phil Goodwin, Local Transport Today, 2 October 2020

Road appraisal makes carbon dioxide uniquely insignificant. Why? And what to do about it?

Phil Goodwin, Local Transport Today, 07 August 2020

Transport appraisal and planning in a time of imperatives

Phil Goodwin, Local Transport Today, 15 May 2020

Net Zero requires reappraisal of the road programme: but how?

Phil Goodwin, Local Transport Today, 03 April 2020

Visitors at the museum: glimpses of life during (and after) the car

Local Transport Today, Phil Goodwin, 21 February 2020

Road user charging again? New principles for an old issue

Phil Goodwin, Local Transport Today, 10 January 2020

Transport: The New Realism

Goodwin, P, Hallett S, Kenny F, Stokes G (1991), Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford

Transformation of transport policy in Great Britain

Goodwin P (1999), Transportation Research A 33 (1999) 655-699

Smarter choices: changing the way we travel

Cairns S, Sloman L, Newson C, Anable J, Kirkbride A, Goodwin P (2004), Department for Transport

Traffic impact of highway capacity reductions

Cairns, S, Hass-Klau, C and Goodwin, P (1998), Traffic impact of highway capacity reductions. Landor Publications

Trunk Roads and the Generation of Traffic

SACTRA (1994), Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment Department of Transport, HMSO London

Peak Travel, Peak Car and the Future of Mobility: Evidence, Unresolved Issues, Policy Implications, and a Research Agenda

Goodwin P (2012), ITF/OECD Paris

Young People’s Travel – What’s Changed and Why? Review and Analysis

Chatterjee, K., Goodwin, P., Schwanen, T., Clark, B., Jain, J., Melia, S., Middleton, J., Plyushteva, A., Ricci, M., Santos, G. and Stokes, G. (2018). Department for Transport

The main trends in car use, travel demand and policy thinking

Goodwin P (2019), Round Table on Zero Car Growth, OECD/Paris

Recent blog posts

Trends in car use, travel demand and policy thinking

Trends in car use, travel demand and policy thinking

Discussion Paper for International Transport Forum discusses the main trends of car use and travel demand.

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