Welcome to the Active Travel Academy at the University of Westminster. Set up in September 2019, the ATA brings together a broad spectrum of expertise to lead research, teaching and knowledge exchange, with a focus on walking and cycling, use of other ‘micromobilities’ from e-scooters to electric hand cycles; and reduction in car use.  The ATA will contribute to addressing issues around air pollution, climate breakdown, an inactivity epidemic, road injuries and deaths, unequal access to transport and the loss of independent mobility in childhood and at older ages. ATA expertise comes from across the University and beyond, from disciplines including transport and urban studies, architecture, sociology and politics, media studies, business studies, and health and wellbeing.
People walking in London
The Academy’s philosophy is that all disciplines and expertise are needed to address the acute global problems that car dominated transport systems have created. Funded by a substantial investment of over £582,000 over three years by the Quintin Hogg Trust, the academy will bring together practitioners, academics, students and many others with an interest or expertise in active travel.

New posts and sponsored PhD students starting in January 2020 support the Academy’s research interdisciplinary and teaching, including international summer school events, while an annual competition will appoint two visiting international fellows to contribute to the Academy’s work. Regular public events will also run alongside new initiatives such as an online open access academic journal for the field, providing an online public space for sharing and discussing new research across disciplinary boundaries.

Contact us: activetravelacademy@westminster.ac.uk

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Pleased to announce our @Active_ATA event, part of @UniWestminster Difference Festival, 26/2, 6pm. Our great expert panel (inc. @laura_laker, @ianwalker, @audreydenazelle, @jonburkeUK) will discuss 'Are Cars the New Tobacco?' Free but booking needed: https://t.co/b23cw5bQzB

In case you missed it, @laura_laker has launched a year long project with the Active Travel Academy investigating pedestrian deaths on pavements in 2020. You can learn a bit about it here: https://t.co/lNwixTlTYA #projectpedestrian

Here are our #activetravelacademy Visiting Fellows 2020 and what a great bunch they are :) https://t.co/mX8BBc2Zzw Projects include looking at frequent walkers, using walk-alongs to study experiences of marginalisation, & exploring road-user interactions & (lack of) empathy...

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