Professor Carlo Prato


I am the Head of the School of Civil Engineering and Professor in Transportation Engineering at the University of Leeds. I have a PhD from the Politecnico di Torino in Italy where I approached the study of travel behaviour by focusing on route choices of car drivers. My natural curiosity and passion for behavioural modelling drives my research into understanding what makes people behave the way they do as pedestrians, cyclists, public transport users and car drivers. The same curiosity and passion drive my teaching into creating the leaders who will shape future mobility in our communities.

My research has also looked at how people value congestion and reliability of transport systems and how they react to legislation trying to make their journeys safer. More recently, my research has looked into how people accept and/or adapt (or not) to novel technologies and mobility solutions, and how to optimise inland port operations from a better undestanding of the behaviour of the various actors involved. I give my contribution to the advancement of knowledge in a cross-disciplinary environment by presenting my work at international conferences and publishing my contributions in prestigious journals as well as serving as a reviewer and editorial board member of journals in engineering, psychology and medicine. I have authored to date over 100 peer-reviewed journal papers and 130 reviewed conference contributions and I am currently Associate Editor of Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, the journal of the International Association of Applied Psychology.

Prior to joining the University of Leeds in September 2021, I worked at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, the Technical University of Denmark and The University of Queensland. 


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