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Prof Nicola Christie
209 Chadwick Building
Tel: Ext: 32716
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  • Professor of Transport Safety
  • Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

A behavioural scientist  with a background in psychology researching transport safety and injury prevention through a public health lens. Her research encompasses the aetiology, epidemiology and impacts of unintentional injury and implications for policy and practice. Recently this has developed into an interest in how safety impacts sustainable and healthy mobility. Experienced in using exploratory, ethnographic techniques to understand complex social phenomena and human factors associated with the causes and consequences of injury and mixed methods approaches to evaluation including natural experiments, quasi-experimental and qualitative designs. ORCID: 0000-0001-7152-5240

Work experience includes 16 years at Transport Research Laboratory, 10 years at Surrey University and time as a senior consultant at MVA (now Systra). 

Nicola is currently Director of Engagement for the Department  of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering and has a strong involvement in the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda. She has previously held other key roles including Director of the Centre of Transport Studies (first female), Director of Research (first female), Director of the first  pan UCL Transport Institute (first female). 

She is currently President of the London Road Safety Council (first female) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation and member of the Parliamentary Council for Transport Safety.

Research Groups
Research Summary

 Examples of recent and current research projects       

Safe mobility for children and young people:

•ActEarly: A City Collaboratory Approach To Early Promotion Of Good Health And Wellbeing   (Medical Research Council)

•Urban Forest Schools: Designing-in play to urban environments for health and wellbeing (NIHR) 

•Identifying And Evaluating Promising Road Safety Education Programmes for Parents Of Children Under Eleven Years (Road Safety Trust)

•Road Safety Education for Children With Special Education Needs And Disabilities (Department for Transport)

Occupational risk:  

•Evaluating the role of telematics in reducing speed violations among drivers and riders in the delivery sector (Road Safety Trust)

•Motorcyclist Occupational Safety Solutions (Department for Transport) 

•Strengthening The Evidence Base for Effective Pursuit Management And Decision Making For Police Officers And Staff Managing Public Safety And Policing Of The Roads (Road Safety Trust)

•The management of occupational road risk: emerging issues for policy and practice in a changing economy - A survey of gig economy drivers, riders, and their managers (Road Safety Trust)

•The Management of Occupational Road Risk: Emerging Issues For Policy And Practice In A Changing Economy  (Highways England/RoadSafe)


•Understanding near miss reporting to develop a lead indicator for cycling safety and a tool for evaluating interventions (Road Safety Trust)

Young drivers:

Deprivation and young driver risk (Department for Transport)

•Evaluation of interventions to reduce young driver risk (Department for Transport)

Teaching Summary

Road safety engineering, policy and research methods on the MSc Transport

Module leader for Engineering Impacts Assessment for the first year civil engineering undergraduates 

Module leader Behaviour Change and Transport

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