Andrew Parkes


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  • 214 Citations
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1991 …2020
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Personal profile



Andrew moved to Coventry University in 2015 as Professor and Executive Director of the newly-formed Transport and Mobility Research Centre. His background is in Psychology and Human Factors and he has applied the principles of user-centred design  in areas of virtual reality and simulation, autonomous and connected mobility, transport design and safety.

He hs previously worked at Birmingham University (Accident Research Unit, 1983-85), Loughborough University (HUSAT Research Institute 1985-97), Leeds University (Institute for Transport Studies, 1997-1999 and The Transport Research Laboratory (1999-2015)

He was Vice President of the Forum of European Road Safety Research Institutes (FERSI 2010-2015) and Honorary Professor of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (2008- 2017) and is currently Adjunct Professor (Research) at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia based within the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture.  Interests over his career have expanded from accident causation and investigation, through to a much wider view of the efficiency, acceptability and safety of transport systems.

He has published over 230 journal articles, book contributions and sponsored reports in the areas of driver behaviour and performance. Research impact has included i) design of vehicle secondary safety systems, ii) design of in-vehicle interfaces, iii) legislation on driver distraction. iv) international standards for measurement of driver behaviour, v) use of simulation for training and research.

 He has supervised PhD students in design, cognitive ergonomics, psychophysiology and human factors, mostly within the applied area of driver behaviour and performance.

Vision Statement


As Research Director of our new Institute for Future Transport and Cities, I want to help bring together the expertise of our design, engineering, computing and life science experts in exciting research programmes that will have a real world impact. There are important new areas of investigation of direct importance to our daily lives - we all want safe, efficient and accessible mobility and the new Institute will provide a focus for the incredible talent and facilities that the University has developed. 

Research Interests

User centred design of future transport systems. Methods for measuring behaviour and performance with a focus on driving or controlling vehicles. Automation of tasks. Ageing population and future cities.

External positions

Adjunct Professor (Research), Monash University

1 Aug 201831 Jul 2022


  • HE Transportation and Communications
  • Human Factors
  • Ergonomics
  • Simulation
  • Design
  • Behavioural studies

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Projects 2018 2020

Research Output 1991 2019

Review of Existing CAV Testing Facilities

Ekambaram, K. & Parkes, A., 28 Sep 2018, 31 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


The role of the media in the public perception of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Richards, D., Stedmon, A., Parkes, A. & Kaliardos, B., Jun 2018, (Accepted/In press). 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

air traffic
law enforcement
public opinion

Driver training

Parkes, A. & Reed, N., 11 Jul 2017, Simulators for Transportation Human Factors: Research and Practice. Young, M. & Lenne, M. (eds.). CRC Press, p. 47-65 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Driver training
Truck drivers
Bus drivers
Railroad cars

Supporting safe driving into old age: A national older driver strategy

Parkes, A. (ed.), Sep 2016, London: Road Safety Foundation.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Activities 2015 2018

Transportation as a Service

Andrew Parkes (Chair)
9 Jul 201810 Jul 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Monash University

Andrew Parkes (Visiting researcher)
12 Nov 201824 Nov 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

25th Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress

Andrew Parkes (Speaker)
17 Sep 201821 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Future of transport safety

Andrew Parkes (Keynote speaker)
23 Oct 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Transportation Research Board

Andrew Parkes (Advisory Committee)
3 Jan 20176 Jan 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference