Dr James Tate


I research the impact of road transport on the environment. I develop and apply new approaches to survey and model the emission performance of the UK/ EU road transport fleet. I use this evidence base and research capability to design and assess the impact of policy interventions such as Low Emission Zones, and promote / incentivise Low Emission Vehicles.


I have established myself as a leading UK road transport emissions and urban air quality academic, for example being invited to give oral evidence to the Commons Select Committee ‘Vehicle Type Approval - evidence session’ on December the 14th 2015. I am helping shape the UK Air Quality strategy through numerous projects for DEFRA, DfT, Local Authorities and a long-term funded advisor role (FTE 20%) with Transport for London.
The findings from this programme of high impact, interdisciplinary research are widely disseminated in academic publications and wider media, and are embedded in my teaching activities in the Institute for Transport Studies and School of Civil Engineering, as MSc Programme Leader and Associate Professor.


  • MSc Programme Leader - Transport Planning and the Environment
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  • PhD, ITS, University of Leeds, 2005.
  • MRes, Civil Engineering, University of Nottingham, 1996.
  • BEng (hons), 2:1, Civil Engineering, University of Nottingham, 1995.

Professional memberships

  • CIHT (Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation)

Student education

MSc Programme Leader:

  • Transport Planning & Engineering | 2010 – April 2015
  • Transport Planning & the Environment | 2008 - present

Module Leader:

  • Principles of Transport Engineering (TRAN5072M) | 2009 – present [50%]
  • Transport & Urban Pollution (TRAN5691M) | 2007 – present [80%]
  • Civil Engineering (CIVE3350) | 2004 - 2015  [50%]


  • Transport Data Collection & Analysis (TRAN5031M) | 2006 – present [25%]

NOTE lecturing split in [%]

MSc, MEng, BSc and BEng dissertation supervisor 2002 - present

Research groups and institutes

  • Sustainable Low Carbon Futures
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