Transport Economists’ Group

Formed in 1973 the Group provides a forum for people involved in transport economics to meet regularly and discuss matters of mutual interest. Membership is open to both economists working in transport and all others whose work is connected with transport economics. The aim of the Group is to improve the quality of transport management, planning and decision making by promoting lectures, discussions and publications related to the economics of transport and of the environment within which the industry functions.

Next meeting Wednesday 23 June 2021, 18:00-19:30


Alistair Baldwin of The Institute for Government and Kelly Shuttleworth of The Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge will speak on How do governments use evidence in transport policy?

The UK government has ambitions for a ‘transport revolution’, with significant investment in road, rail, buses, cycling and walking. But these plans will falter unless evidence is used effectively. The government needs to use evidence to incorporate new thinking and the best of international practice as well as understanding the trade-offs in its decisions.

This seminar will discuss a recent report from the Institute for Government which compared the use of evidence in transport policy in the UK, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany and New Zealand. This draws on 50 interviews conducted with transport policymakers, academics, civil servants, politicians and their advisors in all five countries.

Alistair Baldwin is a Principal Transport Planner at Newcastle City Council. He was seconded to the Institute for Government in 2020-21 as a Senior Researcher.

Kelly Shuttleworth is a Research Assistant at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge. She was previously a Research Assistant at the Institute for Government.

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