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Learning critical realist research by example: Political decision-making in transport (2020)
Journal Article
Melia, S. (in press). Learning critical realist research by example: Political decision-making in transport. Journal of Critical Realism, https://doi.org/10.1080/14767430.2020.1765643

This article illustrates the process of applied critical realist research using a case study of political decision-making in transport. Critical realism is often used to analyse socio-political change but rarely to explain specific political decision... Read More about Learning critical realist research by example: Political decision-making in transport.

Disappearing Traffic? An Evaluation of Pedestrianisation in Taunton Town Centre (2020)
Report
Melia, S., & Calvert, T. (2020). Disappearing Traffic? An Evaluation of Pedestrianisation in Taunton Town Centre. Bristol: West Somerset and Taunton Council, Rees Jeffreys Road Fund

This study evaluated the traffic and travel impacts of a trial pedestrianisation scheme in Taunton town centre. The scope of the scheme, and the research project, were both scaled back. The only road to be closed during the trial was a short sectio... Read More about Disappearing Traffic? An Evaluation of Pedestrianisation in Taunton Town Centre.

Urban expansion, road building and loss of countryside - a non-linear relationship (2020)
Journal Article
Melia, S. (2020). Urban expansion, road building and loss of countryside - a non-linear relationship. World Transport Policy and Practice, 26(2), 44 - 51

This study conducted a secondary analysis of data from a previous study of the geographical distribution of ‘undisturbed’ countryside in England. It juxtaposes the proportion of undisturbed countryside in each local authority area against the total... Read More about Urban expansion, road building and loss of countryside - a non-linear relationship.

Transport and urban housing growth – Unfinished business for Labour (2019)
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Melia, S. (2019). Transport and urban housing growth – Unfinished business for Labour

This discussion paper has been written following an open invitation from Prof. Phil Goodwin for contributions to the Shadow Transport Minister’s work towards Labour’s manifesto. It draws on research by the author and others into the relationship bet... Read More about Transport and urban housing growth – Unfinished business for Labour.

How Green Belt Policy Could be Adapted to Promote Sustainability (2019)
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Melia, S. (2019). How Green Belt Policy Could be Adapted to Promote Sustainability. Labour Party

In 2019 I was invited to join an academic panel advising the Shadow Planning Minister, who was reviewing Labour's planning policy in the run-up to an anticipated election. This paper was my second contribution to that process. It illustrates one of... Read More about How Green Belt Policy Could be Adapted to Promote Sustainability.

Who is Flying Less for Environmental Reasons (2019)
Journal Article
Purnell, P., & Melia, S. (2019). Who is Flying Less for Environmental Reasons. World Transport Policy and Practice, 25(3), 197-209

Many previous studies have shown how people with pro-environmental attitudes tend to fly more than the general population. This study examines the minority who have reduced their flying for environmental reasons. It used an online questionnaire dis... Read More about Who is Flying Less for Environmental Reasons.

Why did UK governments cut road building in the 1990s and expand it after 2010? (2019)
Journal Article
Melia, S. (2019). Why did UK governments cut road building in the 1990s and expand it after 2010?. Transport Policy, 81, 242-253. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2019.07.006

Why did a Conservative UK government decide to cut back road building during a time of austerity in the 1990s, whereas a Conservative-led Coalition government decided to substantially increase road building during a time of austerity after 2010? This... Read More about Why did UK governments cut road building in the 1990s and expand it after 2010?.

Is the urbanisation of young adults reducing their driving? (2018)
Journal Article
Melia, S., Chatterjee, K., & Stokes, G. (2018). Is the urbanisation of young adults reducing their driving?. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 118, 444-456. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2018.09.021

© 2018 Elsevier Ltd In recent decades, in many developed countries, licence-holding, car ownership and driving, amongst young adults have declined. One of the explanations advanced for these declines is the urbanisation of young adults, their growing... Read More about Is the urbanisation of young adults reducing their driving?.

What happens to travel behaviour when the right to park is removed? (2018)
Journal Article
Melia, S., & Clark, B. (2018). What happens to travel behaviour when the right to park is removed?. Transport Policy, 72, 242-247. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2018.07.002

© 2018 Elsevier Ltd What happens to travel behaviour when the right to park at a destination is removed? This question, fundamental to travel demand management and land-use planning, has only been partially addressed in the literature so far. The imp... Read More about What happens to travel behaviour when the right to park is removed?.

Pedestrianisation and politics: A case study (2018)
Journal Article
Melia, S., Melia, S., & Shergold, I. (2018). Pedestrianisation and politics: A case study. Proceedings of the ICE - Transport, 171(1), 30-41. https://doi.org/10.1680/jtran.16.00104

Proposals to pedestrianise or close roads to traffic are often controversial. This article analyses the impact of partial pedestrianisation, using a case study conducted in Brighton, UK. Before-and-after studies found a modest traffic reduction withi... Read More about Pedestrianisation and politics: A case study.

Does transport investment really boost economic growth? (2018)
Journal Article
Melia, S. (2018). Does transport investment really boost economic growth?. World Transport Policy and Practice, 23(3&4), 118-128

The SACTRA (1999) report on Transport and the Economy found strong theoretical grounds for believing that transport investment could boost national economies but that the empirical evidence was “weak and disputed”. This study asks whether a differen... Read More about Does transport investment really boost economic growth?.

Young people’s travel – What’s changed and why? Review and analysis (2018)
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Chatterjee, K., Goodwin, P., Schwanen, T., Clark, B., Jain, J., Melia, S., …Stokes, G. (2018). Young people’s travel – What’s changed and why? Review and analysis

Young adults in Great Britain and other countries are driving less now than young adults did in the early 1990s. The Department for Transport (DfT) commissioned the Centre for Transport and Society (UWE, Bristol) and the Transport Studies Unit (Unive... Read More about Young people’s travel – What’s changed and why? Review and analysis.

What happens to travel behaviour when parking is removed? (2017)
Presentation / Conference
Melia, S., & Clark, B. (2017, January). What happens to travel behaviour when parking is removed?. Paper presented at 49th University Transport Studies Group Conference

What happens to travel behaviour when the right to park is removed? This controversial question, fundamental to travel demand management and land-use planning, has only been partially addressed by the literature so far. The impacts on travel to the... Read More about What happens to travel behaviour when parking is removed?.

Evaluation of the change in parking policy on Frenchay campus (2016)
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Melia, S., & Clark, B. (2016). Evaluation of the change in parking policy on Frenchay campus

In 2013 UWE implemented a radical change in parking policy at Frenchay campus, removing the right to park from undergraduates living in an ‘Exclusion Zone’ (with a few exceptions) covering the areas where most students live. The change was applied t... Read More about Evaluation of the change in parking policy on Frenchay campus.

Walking and cycling on shared-use paths: The user perspective (2016)
Journal Article
Delaney, H., Parkhurst, G., & Melia, S. (2017). Walking and cycling on shared-use paths: The user perspective. Proceedings of the ICE - Municipal Engineer, 170(3), 175-184. https://doi.org/10.1680/jmuen.16.00033

© 2016, ICE Publishing: All rights reserved. Shared-use paths are those used by pedestrians and cyclists, either designed for them to mix freely within the space (unsegregated) or with the space allocated to each group by surface markings and signage... Read More about Walking and cycling on shared-use paths: The user perspective.

Changes to commute mode: The role of life events, spatial context and environmental attitude (2016)
Journal Article
Clark, B., Chatterjee, K., & Melia, S. (2016). Changes to commute mode: The role of life events, spatial context and environmental attitude. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 89, 89-105. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2016.05.005

© 2016 The Authors. It has been suggested that commuting behaviours become habitual and that changes to commute mode are more likely at the time of major life events. However, evidence to support this has so far been limited to analyses of small-scal... Read More about Changes to commute mode: The role of life events, spatial context and environmental attitude.

Editorial (2016)
Journal Article
Norgate, S., & Melia, S. (2016). Editorial. Proceedings of the ICE - Urban Design and Planning, 169(3), 121-122. https://doi.org/10.1680/jurdp.2016.169.3.121

Improving the urban environment for these vulnerable and excluded groups will be a key challenge for the planners of the future. So how can any interested readers reflect this in their own work? We argue here that the design of urban land use and pub... Read More about Editorial.

The EVIDENCE project: Measure no.4 - Access restrictions (2016)
Journal Article
Melia, S. (2016). The EVIDENCE project: Measure no.4 - Access restrictions. World Transport Policy and Practice, 22(1/2), 39-46

This article draws on a review of literature on 'access restrictions': removing, filtering or controlling the flow of vehicles in a street or part of a city with the intention of encouraging other modes (public transport, cycling and walking) and imp... Read More about The EVIDENCE project: Measure no.4 - Access restrictions.

The EVIDENCE project: Measure no.23 - Inclusive urban design (2016)
Journal Article
Melia, S. (2016). The EVIDENCE project: Measure no.23 - Inclusive urban design. World Transport Policy and Practice, 22(1/2), 217-225

This article summarises a review of the literature on 'inclusive urban design', Enhancements and alterations to the public realm to help to manage the presence of motorised traffic. Key messages: • These measures can reduce vehicle speeds, fatali... Read More about The EVIDENCE project: Measure no.23 - Inclusive urban design.

Evaluating the impact of policy: The built environment and travel behaviour (2016)
Book Chapter
Melia, S. (2016). Evaluating the impact of policy: The built environment and travel behaviour. In F. Spotswood (Ed.), Beyond Behaviour Change: Key Issues, Interdisciplinary Approaches and Future Directions, 89-112. Policy Press

This chapter will examine the impact of policies that change the built environment in order to influence travel behaviour. It reviews the contested debate around spatial planning and travel behaviour, focussing on city-wide urban intensification. I... Read More about Evaluating the impact of policy: The built environment and travel behaviour.


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