Dr Tim Jones

PhD Urban Planning

Reader in Urban Mobility

School of the Built Environment

Tim Jones


My research interests focus around how urban environments can be (re)configured to support and promote sustainable and healthy urban mobility, particularly walking and cycling. By 'healthy sustainable urban mobility' I mean ways of moving around built environments that minimise environmental impact, improve health and wellbeing and provide equal access to opportunities. Ultimately these are spaces that are more democratic and liveable.

I am also interested in the concept of mobility more generally and in particular how certain types of mobility (particularly walking and cycling and micromobilities) are given meaning within certain geographical, social and cultural contexts. I try to develop an understanding this phenomenon through novel mixed method approaches to try to reveal the physical, social and cultural factors that influence everyday travel decisions and how this affects journey practice and experience.

Teaching and supervision


My main teaching areas are transport policy, planning, and mobilities incorporating sustainability, social justice and the health & wellbeing agenda.

I also teach research methods (mixed methods, quantitative and qualitative approaches) and oversee Master's students undertaking their Spatial Planning Dissertation.

Module leader:

  • Research Methods (Masters)
  • Dissertation (Masters)
  • Research Methods (Undergraduate)

Contribute to:

  • Spatial Planning in Action 
  • Delivering Sustainable Futures 
  • Urban Design Dissertation
  • Independent Study in Planning
  • Urban Design and Planning Research Project
  • Real Estate and Planning Research Project


PhD/DPhil Supervision

  • Catherine Ross. Liminal light; liminal space: A visual investigation into liminality. (current)
  • Aline Moreira Fernandes Barata. Governance and healthy urban mobility in Brazil - investigating interactions between civil society and public authorities through the lens of hybrid micro-policies. (current)
  • Rachita Chauhan. Gender and healthy urban mobility in India - impact of gender roles and relations on women’s health and mobility set within a broader social, cultural, and technological framework. (current)
  • Daniela Gamper. Visitor Mobility in UNESCO World Heritage listed city centres: Understanding the influence of mobile technology and the implications for visitor management strategies. (current).
  • Iris Gust. Environmental Sustainability of Travel Behaviour of Families with Children in Outer London: A qualitative study using an everyday life perspective. Completed 2021.
  • Lucy Mahoney (DPhil, Oxon). Investigating the Interactions of Travel Behaviour and Wellbeing: A Longitudinal, Mixed-methods Case Study of Penarth and Cardiff, Wales. (Co-supervisor with Dr. Christian Brand, Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford, funded by EPSRC). Completed Trinity Term 2015
  • Andre Neves (DPhil, Oxon). The impact of new walking and cycling infrastructure on personal travel and carbon emissions: the case of Cardiff Connect2. (Co-supervisor with Dr. Christian Brand, Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford, funded by EPSRC). Completed Trinity Term 2015. 

Masters Supervision

  • MSc Spatial Planning - over 100 successful MSc dissertations since 2002.
  • MA Urban Design - over 50 successful MA dissertations since 2002.


Research group membership


Research grants and awards

  • The effectiveness of co-designing wayfinding interventions to increase active travel for the school journey. 1 February 2021 - 31 May 2022. (Consultancy funded by Sport England/Oxfordshire County Council).
  • Post-pandemic Equitable and Sustainable Transport (PEST) project. 1 August 2020 - 31 July 2021. Oxford Brookes Research Excellence Award 2020-21.
  • Co-CAFÉ (Co-Creating Age Friendly Environments for Walking and Cycling). 1 Jan - 31 December 2019. Impact Accelerator.
  • ESRC Brazil-UK Healthy Urban Mobility. 1 February 2016 - 31 January 2019. ESRC Reference: ES/N01314X/1
  • EPSRC cycle BOOM (formerly 'Promoting Independent Cycling for Enhancing Later Life Experience and Social Synergy through Design [PrICELESS Design]). 1 October 2013 - 30 September 2016. EPSRC Reference: EP/K037242/1
  • Bicester Sustainable Transport Strategy (Consultancy funded by Alan Baxter Associates for Cherwell District Council: £5K): 2013-2014.
  • Sustainable Accessibility of the Randstad Programme (SARS). (Research funded by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO): €30K). 1 May 2013 - 30 October 2013.
  • EPSRC Understanding Walking and Cycling. 1 October 2008 -  30 September 2011. EPSRC Reference: EP/G00045X/1
  • Understanding Everyday Mobilities (Oxford Brookes CRF 2010, value £2.5K).
  • Children’s Independent Mobility (Co-Investigator. Led by Policy Studies Institute, University of Westminster) (Research funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund £100K): 2009-2012.
  • Evaluation of Groundwork’s ‘Home to Hub’ Programme (Principal Investigator) (Consultancy funded by Groundwork South East £12K): 2007-2008.
  • Sustrans Bike IT Programme Evaluation (Principal Investigator) (Consultancy funded by Sustrans UK: £10K): 2007.
  • Oxford Brookes Bus User Survey (Principal Investigator) (Consultancy funded by Oxford Brookes University: £10K): 2005.
  • Oxford Park and Ride study (Researcher. Led by Peter Headicar, Oxford Brookes University (Consultancy funded by Oxfordshire County Council, UK: £25K): 2004.
  • Travel Behaviour in New Residential Development in Oxford (Researcher. Led by Peter Headicar, Oxford Brookes University). (Consultancy funded by Oxford City Council: £10K): 2003-4.

Research projects

  • The effectiveness of co-designing wayfinding interventions to increase active travel for the school journey. An investigation on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council into the effectiveness of using wayfinding to increase active travel for the school journey at schools in a variety of spatial settings across Oxfordshire. 
  • Post-pandemic Equitable and Sustainable Transport (PEST) project. The aim of the PEST project is to increase understanding of place-based policy and activity in relation to active travel in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic by investigating the response of English local planning and highway authorities to the UK government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF) and Cycling and Walking strategy.
  • Co-CAFÉ (Co-Creating Age Friendly Environments for Walking and Cycling) This project aims to work with a wide range of local stakeholders in Oxford city and satellite peri-urban areas to co-create more harmonious environments for walking and cycling through the lens of WHO Age-Friendly Environments.
  • Co-Creation funded under European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement Part of an international team that aims to bring together different actors, such as researchers, policymakers, residents and artists, to ‘co-create’ understanding about different urban neighbourhoods and to address disadvantage. Specific area of interest and development is 'marginalised mobilities and stigma'.
  • ESRC Healthy Urban Mobility  Principal Investigator on an international study (UK-BR) to understand the impact of everyday (im)mobility on health and wellbeing with a variety of social groups living in different neighbourhoods in Brazil and the UK, and also to explore the potential for participatory mobilities planning with local communities to support and develop solutions for healthy urban mobility. (Duration: January 2016-January 2019).
  • EPSRC cycle BOOM Design for Lifelong Health and Wellbeing. Principal Investigator on a study to understand cycling among the older population in the UK and how this affects independence, health and wellbeing. The ultimate aim was to advise policy makers and practitioners how our environment and technologies could be designed to help people to continue to cycle in older age or to reconnect with cycling. (Duration: September 2013 - September 2016).
  • Sustainable Accessibility of the Randstad (SAR): Co-Investigator with researchers at the University of Amsterdam and University of Groningen looking at the electric bicycle phenomenon and the implications for planning and sustainable mobility policy in the Netherlands and Europe. (Duration: 1 May to 30 October 2013).
  • Independent Mobility as a Critical Aspect of Children's Development and Quality of Life: Co-investigator working in partnership with the Policy Studies Institute updating data from the pivotal study One False Move (Hillman, Adams & Whitelegg 1990) to provide a longitudinal comparison of changes in children’s independent mobility in England and Germany. The study is also developing collaborations with international partners to investigate the state of children’s independent mobility across the globe. (Duration: September 2009 – March 2012).
  • Understanding Everyday Mobilities: Principal Investigator co-ordinating a study to investigate the everyday experience of commuters to Oxford Brookes University using mobile methods and focusing specifically on the social, cultural and psychological aspects of a seemingly mundane and routine practice. (Duration: January 2010- December 2010).
  • Understanding Walking and Cycling (UWAC): Co-investigator on this EPSRC 3 year funded study which aims to develop a better understanding of the complex ways in which households and individuals make everyday travel decisions about short trips in urban areas. The research adopts a mixed methodology, but with the main emphasis on in-depth qualitative research of households in four different geographical locations in England (Duration: October 2009 – September 2011).
  • Low Carbon, Low Energy Transport for Oxford: In partnership with colleagues in the School of Technology and also Social Sciences and Law, and external partners, working towards developing scenarios for electrification of transport infrastructure using the case of Oxford as part of the Department for Transport’s Plugged in Places programme. (Duration: November 2009 – October 2010).
  • iConnect (Impact of COnstructing Non-motorised Networks and Evaluating Changes in Travel): Tim is working part of his time as a Research Fellow with the Transport Studies Unit, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, on this 5 year EPSRC funded study. This aims to measure and evaluate the changes in travel, physical activity and carbon emissions related to Sustrans' Connect2 project and other physical interventions. (Duration: May 2009 – May 2013).

Research impact

  • REF21 Impact Case Summary submission titled: Co-Creating Age Friendly Cities for CyclingREF2021 (Unit of Assessment: 13, Architecture, Built Environment and Planning).
  • EPSRC cycle BOOM. Design for Lifelong Health and Wellbeing. WINNER of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Award for Research Excellence 2017 (Academic Award).




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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Oxfordshire Local Transport and Connectivity Plan (LTCP) Steering Group. Member (2019-2020)
  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Expert Adviser(March 2018 - March 2021)
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). Peer Review Group member since 2017.


  • Jones, T. (2021) Creating places for sustainable and active travel. The role of walking, cycling and electric micromobility. 'Modeshift Convention'. 4-5 November 2021. The Athena, Leicester, UK.
  • Jones, T. (2021) Mobility justice and implications for creating democratic space. London Technical Advisers Group (LoTAG) 'Latest insights in Transport Planning for Practitioners'. 26 May 2021 (online).
  • Jones, T. (2021) Investigating English local authority response to the UK government’s Emergency Active Travel Fund (EATF). Joint Workshop of the World Conference on Transport Special Interest Group - Impact of COVID-19 on transport and spatial development: an international perspective. 11 March 2021 (online).
  • Neto, I. Günther, H. Jones, T. Brownill, S. Keivani, R. d’Orsi, E. Spencer, B. Vargas, J. & Watson, G. et al. (2019) UK/Brazil Healthy Urban Mobility: Final Conference of Key Findings and Recommendations. 19 June 2019, CEFOR, Brasilia.
  • Jones, T. Günther, H. Brownill, S. Keivani, R. d’Orsi, E. Spencer, B. Vargas, J. & Watson, G. et al. (2019) UK/Brazil Healthy Urban Mobility: Final Conference of Key Findings and Recommendations. 12 June 2019, Asmolean Museum, Oxford.
  • Jones, T. Vargas, J. Barata, A. Chauhan, R. Cycling in the Global South | Discourse and Dissonance.
  • Special Session: Livability and Non-Motorized Transport. 15th World Conference on Transport Research, 26-31 May 2019, Mumbai. 
  • Vargas, J. Jones, T. & Spencer, B. The Politics of the Neighbourhood: perspectives from Latin America and beyond. A workshop hosted by the City Centre, Queen Mary University of London with Latin American Geographies UK (LAG-UK),16 October 2018, Queen Mary University of London. 
  • Jones, T. & Spencer, B. (2018). Staging Healthy Urban Mobility. Presented at C-MUS 2018 Conference: (em)Powering Mobilities.29-30 August 2018, University of Aalborg, Denmark.
  • Jones, T. & Spencer, B. (2018). Walking and cycling for health and wellbeing. The therapeutic potential. Presented at Active Living Research Conference. 11-14 February, Banff, Canada.
  • Jones, T. & Spencer, B. (2018). A Tale of Two Cities: Moving around edge estates in Oxford. Presented at Health: The Design, Planning and Politics of How and Where we Live WHO/AMPS Conference, 25-26 January 2018, UWE Bristol. 
  • Bird, E.L., Panter, J., Baker, G., Jones, T., & Ogilvie, D. (2017). Predicting walking and cycling behaviour change using an extended Theory of Planned Behaviour. Paper presented at the 8th Conference of HEPA Europe, 15th-17th November 2017, Zagreb, Croatia.
  • UK-Brazil Healthy Urban Mobility: Initial Insights. Presented at School of the Built Environment Seminar Series. 7 November 2017, Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment, Oxford Brookes University.
  • The role of electric cycles in the healthy city. Presented at Healthy City Design 2017. Unleashing Health by Design: Creating a Culture of Wellness in our Cities. Royal College of Physicians, 16–17 October 2017, London, UK.
  • Electrifying Wellbeing: the cycle BOOM study and the potential role of electric bicycles in promoting public health | Presented at Planning for Better Health and Wellbeing hosted by Public Health Network Cymru | 30 November 2016 | Cardiff.
  • cycle BOOM Summary of Key Findings & Recommendations Presented at the Final Project Conference | Keyworth Centre | London South Bank University | 26 September 2016 & Central Library | Manchester | 28 September 2016
  • The Potential of E-Bikes in Smart Urban Transport Futures Presented at the 3rd Workshop on Sustainable Urban Transport Futures | 28 June 2016 | University of Greenwich [Prezi presentation]
  • Riding in the Margins: The Contemporary Condition of Cycling as Urban Mobility Presented at The Sociology of Contemporary Urban Life Seminar | 17 June 2016 | University of York
  • Lifeworld of the Mamils: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of motives, experiences, and aspirations of emergent sports cyclists. Presented at the session: Approaching Everyday Sport: socio-cultural geographic perspectives on sports, exercise and fitness. Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference, 1-4 September 2015. University of Exeter.
  • Understanding How the Built and Social Environment Shapes Willingness and Ability to Cycle in Later Life Presented at 1st International Transport and Health Conference | 6-8 July 2015 | UCL, London [Download 1,585KB PDF]
  • Velo-mobile atmospheres: capturing and representing the multi-sensual cycling experience Presented at Atmospheres | 1-2 July 2015 | Morgan Centre, Manchester [Download 2,298KB PDF]
  • Velo-mobility and an Ageing society: The UK cycle BOOM study Presented at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) Transport and Health Seminar Series | 28 April 2015 | London [Download 943KB PDF]
  • Cycling in an Ageing Society: A Critical Mobilities Perspective Presented at the TSU Oxford Seminar | 26 November 2014 | Oxford University [Prezi presentation]
  • Cycling in an Ageing Society: A Critical Mobilities Perspective [Keynote by Dr. Tim Jones] Presented at the Nationaal Fietscongress | 20 November 2014 | Zwolle, The Netherlands [Prezi presentation]
  • A Cycling Future for Ageing Populations Presented at the 10th Anniversary Cosmobilities Conference: Networked Urban Mobilities | 5 – 7 November 2014 | Copenhagen [Prezi presentation]
  • Space for oldies? Ageing society, older people and the UK ‘cycle boom’ Presented at the Cycling and Society Annual Symposium 2014 | 8 September 2014 | Newcastle [Download 1,408KB PDF]
  • Approaches to re-allocating road space for walking and cycling: what needs to happen? Cycling and Walking: Infrastructure that Works. LANDOR LINKS Conference, 13 November 2013, KIA Oval, London.
  • Voice of the Mamils: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of motives, experiences and aspirations of new sports cyclists. Presented at 10th Cycling and Society Symposium, Llangollen, Wales 9th-10th September, 2013.
  • Household Decision Making for Everyday Travel: The case of cycling Shifting Gears: Making cycling a policy priority for health and sustainability, 2 July 2013, University of the West of England.
  • The Challenges of Understanding Walking and Cycling in English Cities Making Mixed Methods Work in Transport Research Workshop, organised by EPSRC Disruption project and Travel Behaviours Network, 20 June 2013, Leeds.
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Transformation and the Role of the Bicycle in Brazil. 6 June 2013, City Hall, Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
  • Sahlqvist, S., Jones, T., Song, Y., Goodman, A., Bull, F., Powell, J., & Ogilvie, D. Evaluating new infrastructure for walking and cycling: understanding the how and why? Presented at the International Society of Behavioural nutrition and Physical Activity annual meeting; Ghent, Belgium; 22-25th May, 2013. Symposium.
  • Economic, social and cultural transformation and the role of the bicycle in Brazil. 9th Cycling and Society Research Group Symposium, 3-4th September 2012, University of East London.
  • Smith, L., Sahlqvist, S., Jones, T, Cooper, A., & Ogilvie, D. 2012. Is Independent mobility associated with mode of travel to or from school in high school students? Oral Presentation at the 2012 meeting of the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Austin, Texas.
  • The application of an extended theory of planned behaviour to understand cycling intentions: The UK iConnect study. 5th International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology. August 29-31st 2012, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.
  • Moving around the city: the future role of walking and cycling.Future Urban Mobility Seminar Series. 15th November 2011, Oxford Brookes University.
  • Understanding the Relationship Between Urban Form and Walking and Cycling. Approach to measuring built environment – analysis and conclusions. Presentation at EPSRC Understanding Walking and Cycling, 8th September, London and 13th September 2011, Lancaster.
  • Mobile Interviews Cycling: the experience of walking and cycling in British urban areas. Presentation at EPSRC Understanding Walking and Cycling final conferences, 8th September, London and 13th September 2011, Lancaster.
  • Understanding Everyday Walking and Cycling in Cities: Identities, Practices, Experiences and Visions27th Annual Q Methodology Conference 7th - 9th September 2011, University of Birmingham.
  • Understanding everyday cycling in cities: identities, practices, experiences and visions8th Cycling and Society Research Group Symposium , 5th September 2011, Glasgow School of Art.
  • Understanding Walking and Cycling (UWAC): Key results and policy implicationsRGS-IBG Annual International Conference 31st August - 2nd September 2011, RGS London.
  • Understanding the Relationship Between Urban Form and Walking and CyclingRGS-IBG Annual International Conference 31st August - 2nd September 2011, RGS London.
  • Analysis of Social Psychological Measures for the iConnect Baseline Survey,iConnect National Seminar, 14th July 2011, Girton College, University of Cambridge.
  • The contribution of urban form in encouraging everyday walking and cycling in English cities.Mobil-TUM Conference, Making Sustainable Mobilities - Interdisciplinary Perspectives, April 7th - 8th 2011, Munich.
  • Shaw, B., Watson, B. & Jones, T. 'A poverty of mobility? Children's Independent Mobility in England and Germany 2010 compared with 1990 and 1971' Child in the City 5th International Conference. 27th - 29th October 2010, Florence.
  • Pooley, C., Jones, T. et al. 'Can increased walking and cycling really contribute to the reduction of transport-related carbon emissions?' Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers Annual International Conference 1st - 3rd September 2010, London.
  • Understanding Walking and Cycling: Interim Findings from a Multi-Method Approach to Investigate Household Decision Making in Relation to Short Journeys in Urban Areas.World Conference on Transport Research, Lisbon, 11th - 15th July 2010.
  • Effects of Urban Traffic-free Paths on Everyday CyclingWorld Conference on Transport Research, Lisbon, 11th - 15th July 2010.
  • The Role of Urban Traffic-Free Paths in Getting People on Bicycles. Paper presented as part of Sustainable Transitions, Culture and Values theme at Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers Annual Conference. 26th - 28th August 2009, Manchester.
  • Understanding Walking and Cycling: A Multi-Method Approach to Investigating Household Decision Making in Relation to Short Journeys in Urban Areas. Paper presented at Cycling and Society Research Group Symposium, University of Bolton, 7th September 2009.
  • From Mud to Macadam - The impact of recreational cycling on utility cycling in the UK.Velo-City International Conference, September 2003, Paris.

Further details

Further information about Tim's research: 

  • PEST - Post-pandemic Equitable and Sustainable Transport
  • Co-CAFÉ Co-creating Age-Friendly Environments for Walking and Cycling. @co_cafe
  • ESRC Healthy Urban Mobility
  • EPSRC cycle BOOM Design for Lifelong Health and Wellbeing. @cycle_BOOM

Other experience

  • Transport consultancy
  • Environmental/Urban regeneration agency