Dr Tim Jones

Senior Research Fellow in Sustainable Urban Mobility

My research interests focus around how urban environments can be (re)configured to support and promote sustainable urban mobility and particularly walking and cycling. By 'sustainable urban mobility' I mean ways of moving around built environments that are more democratic, healthier and that minimise environmental impact and that ultimately contribute to cities being better places to live, work and play (i.e. they are more 'liveable'). I am also interested in the concept of mobility more generally and in particular how certain types of mobility (particularly cycling) are given meaning within certain geographical, social and cultural contexts. I try to develop an understanding this phenomenon through novel mixed method approaches to try to reveal the physical, social and cultural factors that influence everyday travel decisions and how this affects journey practice and experience.

My PhD is in urban planning (awarded by Oxford Brookes University, 2008) and focused on the impact of Sustrans' UK National Cycle Network on cycling at the neighbourhood level. Before commencing my PhD at Oxford Brookes I worked for transport consultancy firms on travel demand management and sustainable tourism projects in the UK, Channel Islands and Ireland, and also, the national environmental regeneration agency, Groundwork, promoting sustainable practice within communities. My first degree is a BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and I also hold an MA in Environmental Management.

I sit on the government's Cycle Stakeholder Forum and was a contributing member of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) programme development group responsible for issuing public health guidance on promoting walking and cycling. I have also acted as an evaluator on behalf the European Union's Intelligent Energy Europe Programme (EU-STEER).

Research and teaching interests

International transport policy and practice; transport, energy and carbon reduction; land use planning and the relationship between urban form and travel behaviour; the contribution of non-motorised / active travel towards health, well-being, liveability (inc. social capital) and sustainability; lifestyle and psychosocial factors affecting travel behaviour; urban street design and the shared space concept; transport and social inclusion particularly in relation to young people's mobility; everyday mobility and the application of mobile methods.

Examples of recent projects

Currently involved with the following research studies:

  1. Independent Mobility as a Critical Aspect of Children's Development and Quality of Life: Co-investigator working in partnership with the Policy Studies Institute updating data from the pivotal study One False Move (Hillman, Adams & Whitelegg 1990) to provide a longitudinal comparison of changes in children’s independent mobility in England and Germany. The study is also developing collaborations with international partners to investigate the state of children’s independent mobility across the globe. (Duration: September 2009 – March 2012).
  2. Understanding Everyday Mobilities: Principal Investigator co-ordinating a study to investigate the everyday experience of commuters to Oxford Brookes University using mobile methods and focusing specifically on the social, cultural and psychological aspects of a seemingly mundane and routine practice. (Duration: January 2010- December 2010).
  3. Understanding Walking and Cycling (UWAC): Co-investigator on this EPSRC 3 year funded study which aims to develop a better understanding of the complex ways in which households and individuals make everyday travel decisions about short trips in urban areas. The research adopts a mixed methodology, but with the main emphasis on in-depth qualitative research of households in four different geographical locations in England (Duration: October 2009 – September 2011).
  4. Low Carbon, Low Energy Transport for Oxford: In partnership with colleagues in the School of Technology and also Social Sciences and Law, and external partners, working towards developing scenarios for electrification of transport infrastructure using the case of Oxford as part of the Department for Transport’s Plugged in Places programme. (Duration: November 2009 – October 2010).
  5. iConnect (Impact of COnstructing Non-motorised Networks and Evaluating Changes in Travel): Tim is working part of his time as a Research Fellow with the Transport Studies Unit, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, on this 5 year EPSRC funded study. This aims to measure and evaluate the changes in travel, physical activity and carbon emissions related to Sustrans' Connect2 project and other physical interventions. (Duration: May 2009 – May 2013).

Examples of recent publications

Journal articles, reviews and book chapters

Jones, T., Horton, D., Mullen, C., Pooley, C., Scheldeman, G., Strano, E. and Tight, M. 'The Role of Street Network Connectivity and Access to Everyday Facilities in Shaping Everyday Walking and Cycling in English Cities' in Gerike, R., Hulsmann, F. and Roller, K. (2013) Strategies for Sustainable Mobilities: Opportunities and Challenges. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate.

Pooley, C., Horton, D., Scheldeman, G., Mullen, C., Jones, T., Tight, M., Jopson, A. & Chisholm, A. 2013. Policies for promoting walking and cycling in England: a view from the street Transport Policy. 27, p. 66-72. DOI:10.1016/j.tranpol.2013.01.003

Jones, T. Book Review: Cycling and Sustainability, (2013) Transport Reviews: A Transnational Transdisciplinary Journal 33 (2), Routledge, London. Available online 23 April 2013, DOI:10.1080/01441647.2013.784823

Jones, T., Azevedo, L. N. de, Economic, Social and Cultural Transformation and the Role of the Bicycle in Brazil, (2013) Journal of Transport Geography Ashgate: Surrey. Available online 26 March 2013, ISSN 0966-6923, 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2013.02.005.

Jones, T. (2012) Book Review: Routes, Roads and Landscapes Edited by Hvattum, M., Brenna, B., Elvebakk, B. and Larsen, J. (2011) Journal of Transport Geography Ashgate: Surrey.

Pooley, C.G., Horton, D., Scheldeman, D., Tight, M., Harwatt, H., Jopson, A., Jones, T., Chisholm, A., & Mullen, M. The Role of Walking and Cycling in Reducing the Impacts of Climate Change in Ryley, T. & Chapman, L. (2012) Transport and Sustainability. Bingley: Emerald. ISBN: 978-1-78052-440-5

Jones T, Pooley C G, Scheldeman G, Horton D, Tight M, Mullen C, Jopson A, Whiteing A, (2012) Moving around the city: discourses on walking and cycling in English urban areas. Environment and Planning A 44(6) 1407 – 1424.

Jones, T. (2012) Getting the British back on bicycles? - The effects of urban traffic-free paths on everyday cycling. Transport Policy. 20: 138-149.

Ogilvie, D., Bull, F., Cooper, A., Rutter, H., Adams, E., Brand, C., Ghali, K., Jones, T., Mutrie, N., Powell, J., Preston, J., Sahlqvist, S., Song, S. (2012) Evaluating the travel, physical activity and carbon impacts of a 'natural experiment' in the provision of new walking and cycling infrastructure: methods for the core module of the iConnect study. BMJ Open 2012;2:e000694. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2011-000694

Pooley, C.G., Horton, D. Scheldeman, G., Tight, M., Jones, T., Chisholm, A., Harwatt, H. & Jopson, A. (2011). 'Household decision-making for everyday travel: a case study of walking and cycling in Lancaster (UK)'. Journal of Transport Geography. 19 (6): 1601-1607.

Jones, T. (2011) Book Review: The Cultures of Alternative Mobilities: Routes less travelled Edited by Phillip Vannini Ashgate, London (2009) Transport Reviews Volume 31 Issue 3, 419.

Jones, T. (2009) Book review: After The Car, Dennis K. & Urry J. Polity Press, Cambridge (2009). pp180. RRP (Pbk) £14.99, ISBN-978-0-7456-4422-6. Journal of Transport Geography, 17: 512-513.

Parkin, J., Ryley, T., Jones, T. 'Barriers to Cycling: An Exploration of Quantitative Analyses'. In: Horton, D., Rosen, P. & Cox, P. (Eds) (2007) Cycling and Society. London: Ashgate. pp83-96.


Shaw, B., Watson, B., Frauendienst, B., Redecker, A., Jones, T. with Hillman, M., 2013. Children’s independent mobility: a comparative study in England and Germany (1971-2010), London: Policy Studies Institute.

Pooley, C. Tight, M. Jones, T. et al. (2011) Understanding Walking and Cycling: summary of key findings and recommendations. Lancaster University

Jones, T. (2007) Parental Attitudes Towards Child Cycling Mobility for the Journey to School. Produced on behalf of SUSTRANS UK.

Jones, T (2005) Oxford Brookes University Brookes Bus User Survey. Produced on behalf of Oxford Brookes University.

Jones, T & Headicar, P (2004) Oxford Park and Ride User Survey. Produced on behalf of Oxford City Council.

Headicar, P., Jones, T. et al (2002) The Treatment of Rural Issues in Local Transport Plans. Produced on behalf of The Countryside Agency.

Conferences and Presentations

Jones, T. 'Approaches to re-allocating road space for walking and cycling: what needs to happen?' Cycling and Walking: Infrastructure that Works. LANDOR LINKS Conference, 13 November 2013, KIA Oval, London.

Jones, T. & Burgess, M. Voice of the Mamils: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of motives, experiences and aspirations of new sports cyclists. Presented at 10th Cycling and Society Symposium, Llangollen, Wales 9th-10th September, 2013.

Jones, T. ‘Household Decision Making for Everyday Travel: The case of cycling’ Shifting Gears: Making cycling a policy priority for health and sustainability, 2 July 2013, University of the West of England.

Jones, T. ‘The Challenges of Understanding Walking and Cycling in English Cities’ Making Mixed Methods Work in Transport Research Workshop, organised by EPSRC Disruption project and Travel Behaviours Network, 20 June 2013, Leeds.

Jones, T. and Novo de Azevedo, L. Presentation of paper ‘Economic, Social and Cultural Transformation and the Role of the Bicycle in Brazil.’ 6 June 2013, City Hall, Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

Jones, T., Novo de Azevedo, L. (2012) 'Economic, social and cultural transformation and the role of the bicycle in Brazil' 9th Cycling and Society Research Group Symposium, 3-4th September 2012, University of East London.

Jones, T., Bird, E., Baker, G. Mutrie, N. & Ogilvie, D. (2012) 'The application of an extended theory of planned behaviour to understand cycling intentions: The UK iConnect study.' 5th International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology. August 29-31st 2012, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Jones, T. Moving around the city: the future role of walking and cycling. Future Urban Mobility Seminar Series. 15th November 2011, Oxford Brookes University.

Jones, T. 'Understanding the Relationship Between Urban Form and Walking and Cycling. Approach to measuring built environment – analysis and conclusions'. Presentation at EPSRC Understanding Walking and Cycling, 8th September, London and 13th September 2011, Lancaster.

Jones, T. 'Mobile Interviews Cycling: the experience of walking and cycling in British urban areas'. Presentation at EPSRC Understanding Walking and Cycling final conferences, 8th September, London and 13th September 2011, Lancaster.

Jones, T. et al. Understanding Everyday Walking and Cycling in Cities: Identities, Practices, Experiences and Visions. 27th Annual Q Methodology Conference 7th - 9th September, University of Birmingham.

Jones, T. Understanding everyday cycling in cities: identities, practices, experiences and visions, 8th Cycling and Society Research Group Symposium , 5th September 2011, Glasgow School of Art.

Pooley, C., Jones, T. et al. Understanding Walking and Cycling (UWAC): Key results and policy implications RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 31st August - 2nd September 2011, RGS London.

Jones, T. Strano, E. & Jopson, A. Understanding the Relationship Between Urban Form and Walking and Cycling, RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 31st August - 2nd September 2011, RGS London.

Jones, T. 'Analysis of Social Psychological Measures for the iConnect Baseline Survey', iConnect National Seminar, 14th July 2011, Girton College, University of Cambridge.

Jones, T. & Strano, E. The contribution of urban form in encouraging everyday walking and cycling in English cities. Mobil-TUM Conference, Making Sustainable Mobilities - Interdisciplinary Perspectives, April 7th - 8th 2011, Munich.

Shaw, B., Watson, B. & Jones, T. 'A poverty of mobility? Children's Independent Mobility in England and Germany 2010 compared with 1990 and 1971' Child in the City 5th International Conference. 27th - 29th October 2010, Florence.

Pooley, C., Jones, T. et al. 'Can increased walking and cycling really contribute to the reduction of transport-related carbon emissions?' Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers Annual International Conference 1st - 3rd September 2010, London.

Jones, T., Pooley, C., Chisholm, A., Horton, D. & Scheldeman, G. Understanding Walking and Cycling: Interim Findings from a Multi-Method Approach to Investigate Household Decision Making in Relation to Short Journeys in Urban Areas. World Conference on Transport Research, Lisbon, 11th - 15th July 2010.

Jones, T. Effects of Urban Traffic-free Paths on Everyday Cycling. World Conference on Transport Research, Lisbon, 11th - 15th July 2010.

Jones, T. (2009). 'The Role of Urban Traffic-Free Paths in Getting People on Bicycles'. Paper presented as part of Sustainable Transitions, Culture and Values theme at Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference. 26th - 28th August 2009, Manchester.

Jones, T. (2009). 'Understanding Walking and Cycling: A Multi-Method Approach to Investigating Household Decision Making in Relation to Short Journeys in Urban Areas'. Paper presented at Cycling and Society Research Group Symposium, University of Bolton, 7th September 2009.

Jones, T. (2003) From Mud to Macadam - The impact of recreational cycling on utility cycling in the UK. Velo-City International Conference, September 2003, Paris.