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Dr Paulo Anciaes
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  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Paulo is a Senior Researcher at the UCL Centre for Transport Studies. He joined UCL in 2013 after obtaining his PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He is an interdisciplinary researcher with qualifications in Environmental Economics and GIS and has participated in research projects around the world and consultancy projects for the public and private sector.

Paulo won the UCL Excellence in Health Research Prize 2019. This prize is awarded by UCL to recognise excellent original UCL research in the fields of populations and health.

Paulo is also a honorary research associate at the Research Center on Complexity and Economics of Lisbon University. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Transport and Health and of the Planning for Sustainable Land Use and Transport Committee of the Association for European Transport. He is also a member of the Transport and Health Study Group and of the Network on European Communications and Transport Activities Research, among other groups.

Recent publications

  • Anciaes, P., Jones, P., Mindell, J., Scholes, S. (2022) The cost of the wider impacts of road traffic on local communities: 1.6% of Great Britain's GDP. Tr. Research A: Policy and Practice, 163, 266-287.
  • Higgsmith, M., Stockton, J., Anciaes, P., Scholes, S., Mindell, J S. (2022) Community severance and health: measuring community severance and examining its impact on the health of adults in Great Britain. J. Transp. Health, 25:101368
  • Anciaes, P., Jones, P. (2022) Pedestrian priority in street design - how can it improve sustainable mobility? Tr. Research Procedia, 60, 220-227.
  • Melo, P C., Rego, C., Anciaes, P., Guiomar, N., Muñoz-Rojas, J. (2022) Does road accessibility to cities support rural population growth? Evidence for Portugal between 1991 and 2011. J. Regional Science 62, 443-470.
  • Anciaes, P.  (2022) Revealed preference valuation of beach and river water quality in Wales. J. Environmental Economics and Policy 11, 75-94.
  • Anciaes, P., Mindell, J. (2021) Community severance. In R. Vickerman (Ed.) Int. Encyclopedia of Transportation, Elsevier, Vol.6,246-253.
  • Anciaes (2021) Visual impacts from transport. In R.Vickerman (Ed.) Int.Encyclopedia of Transportation, Elsevier, Vol.7, 285-291.
  • Anciaes, P., Jones, P. (2020) A comprehensive approach for the appraisal of the barrier effect of roads on pedestrians. Tr. Research A: Policy and Practice 134, 277-250.
  • Anciaes, P., Jones, P. (2020) Transport policy for liveability – valuing the impacts on movement, place, and society. Tr. Research A: Policy and Practice 132, 157-173.
  • Anciaes, P., Guardo, G., Jones, P. (2020) Factors explaining driver yielding behaviour towards pedestrians at courtesy crossings. Tr. Research F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour 73, 453-469.
  • Teoh, R., Anciaes, P., Jones, P. (2020) Urban mobility transitions through GDP growth: Policy choices facing cities in developing countries. J. Transp. Geography 88:102832.
  • Vaughan, L., Anciaes, P., Mindell, J. (2020). Cars, conflict and community severance., in B. Appleyard Livable Streets 2.0. Elsevier, Ch.9.
  • Mindell, J., Anciaes, P. (2020). Transport and community severance., in M. Nieuwenhuijsen and H. Khreis (Eds.) Advances in Transportation and Health. Elsevier, Ch.7.
  • Anciaes, P., Metcalfe, P. J., Sen, A. (2020) A combined SP-RP model to estimate the value of improvements in freshwater angling in England. J. Environmental Economics and Policy 9, 167-187.
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Research Summary

I am interested in the social aspects of transport, especially health, wellbeing, and the distribution of benefits and costs of transport policies among age and socio-economic groups and users of different modes of transport. 

Between 2018-2022, I was a member of the steering commitee and led a work package in the EU-funded MORE project, a comprehensive analysis of allocation of urban roadspace. I developed tools to generate new solutions for roadspace, balancing the needs of all users and taking into account economic, social, and environmental objectives. Let's imagine we want to improve conditions for pedestrians but we don't want to make bus users worse off than they are now. And at the same time we want to reduce emissions and improve the local economy. What are the possible options? My tools give a list of solutions, backed by scientific evidence. The tools are available here. Try them and contact me for further questions. If you rather see the full list of options as a 450-page book, download The Urban Streetspace Book here

We must consider all options, even less obvious ones

I have also done a lot of research on pedestrian mobility, particularly community severance (the barrier effect of roads on pedestrians). Do people living near busy roads walk less than others? What is the effect on physical activity, access to facilities, and social contacts? Can we measure the economic cost of these effects? These questions are especially relevant in the case of older people, for whom walking is often a vital component of their health and wellbeing. I have collaborated with colleagues from the fields of transport planning, public health, urban planning, and participatory mapping on a number of projects on barriers. I have published extensively on this topic and spoke about it in 35 events around the world.

I have also developed a tool to forecast the effect of reducing barriers to pedestrians. Let's say we want to reduce the number of traffic lanes, or reduce speed limits, or add crossing facilities, or move the facilities 5 metres away. What is the result on the barrier effect (on a scale from 0 to 100)? How many pedestrians will stop crossing the road in unsafe locations? How many extra walking trips will be made? And what is the benefit of all this measured in terms of money? My tool can answer these questions. Try it here and contact me for further questions.

Separated by the road

I am also interested in urban mobility in the Global South and particularly the equity and sustainability implications of increased motorization in cities with rapid population growth and income inequality. I have worked with colleagues in Cabo Verde and Cuba to create maps of public transport accessibility and walking conditions. I am interested in doing more work on this topic so please get in touch if you're also interested.

Brand new roads, same old problems for pedestrians in African cities

01-MAR-2020 Senior Research Fellow Centre for Transport Studies University College London, United Kingdom
19-NOV-2013 Research Fellow Centre for Transport Studies University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
    Bachelor of Science Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal
    Postgraduate Diploma Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
    Master of Science Tohoku University, Japan
    Doctor of Philosophy London School of Economics and Political Science
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