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Using public sector data sources to measure the impacts of transport investments

From: 16 Feb 2018 - 14:00 To: 16 Feb 2018 - 16:00

Using public sector data sources to measure the impacts of transport investments

Dr Brian Caulfield, Associate Professor from the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at Trinity College Dublin will be guest speaker this week at the Economics Visiting Speaker Series this Friday


Dr Brian Caufield will be presenting his research paper entitled, "Using public sector data sources to measure the impacts of transport investments"

  Date   Friday 16th February                     
  Time   2:00 pm
  Venue   Room G.26, Aras na Laoi, UCC


The transport sector collects large amounts of data on our travel patterns, mode choices and origins and destinations.  All of these data are vital to understand how our transport systems operate and to plan for the future.  This talk will detail two case studies using these types of data. The first of these case studies will discuss the results of an analysis undertaken on the Cork Bikes scheme.  Data from 2015 and 2016 were analysed to determine usage patterns of the scheme and what were the most common trips.  The results show a large connection between the university area of the city and the rail and bus stations. The findings also show that the scheme is operating successfully within international standards.  The presentation will use the findings from McBain & Caulfield, 2017 and Caulfield et al 2017.

The second study examines access to work and deprivation in Dublin. This study relies on two datasets, the Census of 2011 and the Haase and Pratschke deprivation index.  The research examines relationships between ease of access to work and the probability of coming from a deprived area in Dublin. The results show that those in deprived areas or in “Celtic Tiger” areas of the city are more likely to have poor access to places of work.  This can then result in issues like forced car ownership and excess commute times. The findings of this section of the talk can be found in Ahern et al 2016.


Dr Brian Caulfield is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin. He has done extensive research in the field of the environmental impacts of transport and methods to achieve behavioural change in the transport sector.  He sits on a number of National and International research groups and is the current Chair of the Irish Transportation Research Network and sits on the executive committee of the Universities Transport Studies Group as well as several committees at the Transportation Research Board in Washington D.C. Dr Caulfield has published extensively in this field with over 60 journal articles and he is an editor on the highest impact factor journal in this field “Transportation Research Part D: Transport and the Environment”. He was recently invited to speak at the Citizens Assembly on Climate Change where he gave his views on how Ireland could move to a low carbon transport sector.  RESEARCH PROFILE



Ahern, A., Vega, A., Caulfield, B., Deprivation and access to work in Dublin city: The Impact of Transport Disadvantage , Research in Transportation Economics, 57, 2016, p44 - 52

Caulfield, B., O'Mahony, M., Brazil, W., Weldon, P., Examining usage patterns of a bike-sharing scheme in a medium sized city, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 100, 2017, p152 – 161

McBain, C., Caulfield, B., An Analysis of the Factors Influencing Journey Time Variation in the Cork Public Bike System, Sustainable Cities and Society, 2017, Accepted


All very welcome to attend.  

For more information, contact the Department of Economics


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