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    Huw is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His research interest is the application and use of social-technical systems thinking to solve our transport grand challenges of social and economic growth, security, and sustainability. This interest stemmed from his PhD research that he undertook at the UK Transport Research Laboratory. This was focused on the delivery of a test and assessment protocol for vehicle crashworthiness that considered the requirement of improving system safety whilst concurrently meeting socio-economic considerations. As an academic at Cardiff University, he applied the same thinking in support of the decarbonisation of road transport systems and achieving system change through promoting the uptake of electric vehicles. Since joining Coventry University he has continued to pursue his research interest of transport decarbonisation and has extend this to consider the role connected and autonomous vehicles can play in meeting societal goals of improved safety and reducing the environmental impact of transport. As an educator, Huw’s interest is in educating the next generation of engineers and scientists to meet the challenge of providing sustainable, smart, and resilient transport systems.

    In support of the above Huw 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

    To date, Huw has over 25 years of experience in researching transport system problems with projects funded by the European Commission, the UKRI and other transport sector actors including national goverments and NGOs. Huw's research publications have amounted to 27 academic journal articles; 1 edited book; 5 book chapters; 37 conference papers and his research was submitted for UK Research Excellence Assessments. Huw has also made a number of contribution to national and international media and as far afield as Australia. Prior to a move into academia, Huw was an automotive design engineer and worked for a number of vehicle constructors and suppliers to the motorsport and specialist vehicle sector. He was a member of the design team for vehicles entered into the Le Mans, US Indy Car and the Japanese Formula Nippon race-series. 


    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctorate, A novel approach for assessing crash compatibility of vehicles. Comprised in-depth analysis of accident, test and simulation data; series of laboratory tests; mathematical modelling; and series of car-to-barrier and car-to-car tests., Brunel University

    Award Date: 7 Mar 2006


    • HE Transportation and Communications
    • Transport Decarbonisation
    • Transport Policy
    • Transport Electrification
    • Techo-Economic Systems
    • Social-Technical Systems
    • Transport Grand Challenges
    • Air Quality
    • TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
    • Policy
    • Regulation
    • Safety


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