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    Dr Davies has over 25 years of experience in the automotive sector. Dr Davies' research interest is in road transport policy and regulation. The research challenge is that current techno-centric approaches to developments in road transport do not properly consider the complex relationships between organisation, the people enacting business processes and the system that supports these processes. Dr Davies looks to use his knowledge of emerging technology trajectories in tandem with social technical systems thinking to support the development of policy and regulatory actions that optimise, adapt or radically transform the mobility system in order to minimise the negative impacts of road transport. 

    In support of the above Dr Davies has participated in the following actions.

    • Vehicle Safety - Development of the next generation of vehicle passive safety tests that have subsequently been adopted by regulatory and consumer testing bodies
    • Transport Decarbonisation - Undertaking various policy influencing positions, including as nominated representative for UK Government on a number of IEA HEV-TCP taskforces
    • Connected and Autonomous Vehicles - Leading on the UK activity (as part of the UK CAV testbed) to develop test and assessment approaches for CAV

    Dr Davies' activities have been funded by: UK Department for Transport; UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council; UK Natural Environment Research Council; UK Newton Fund; UK Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles; Innovate UK; Road Safety Trust; Transport Research Foundation; European Commission Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development; European Commission Territorial Cooperation Programme; European Commission Intelligent Energy Europe Programme; and the automotve industry in Europe, US and Asia. His research publications have amounted to 27 academic journal articles; 1 edited book; 3 book chapters; 37 conference papers (majority presented at international industry focused conferences) and his research was submitted for UK Research Excellence Assessments. Dr Davies has also appeared on national and international media.

    In support of the above the following is provide as a overview Dr Davies' career within the motorsport sector, the Transport Research Laboratory; Cardiff University and Coventry University:

    • Motorsport Engineering and Vehicle Design - Dr Davies has worked for a number of vehicle constructors and suppliers to the motorsport and specialist vehicle sector. Dr Davies was a member of the design team for vehicles entered into the Le Mans, US Indy Car and the Japanese Formula Nippon race-series. 
    • Vehicle Safety and Biomechanics – Dr Davies has been involved with the development of the next generation of anthropometric test devices, the development of safety standards for vehicle occupants and improvement of the protection of vulnerable road users.
    • Transport Policy - Of critical importance to the success of alternative vehicle technologies (such as those being developed in the University) is creating the appropriate policy environment and regulatory framework into which they can be deployed. Dr Davies has established and led on strong cross-disciplinary research, linking engineering with economics/business to undertake qualitative and quantitative analysis leading to the formulation of recommendations for policy and regulation.

    Dr Davies is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctorate, Brunel University

    Award Date: 7 Mar 2006


    • HE Transportation and Communications
    • Decarbonisation
    • Policy
    • Electrification
    • TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
    • Policy
    • Regulation
    • Safety


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