Chief scientific advisor think pieces

One of the remits of the Chief Scientific Adviser is to generate independent research that lies outside or cuts across day-to-day DfT policy boundaries. To inform this remit, Professor Brian Collins initiated a series of horizon-scanning Think Pieces on Agile Infrastructure, Systems of Systems, and Improving Land Use Predictions.

The objective of these studies was to examine underlying techniques to improve decision making in DfT and to provide information for a broad spectrum of future policy choices responding to DfT strategic objectives.

These research commissions were set up to report on techniques available, existing applications and benefits, opportunities in transport and risks or uncertainties. The DfT appointed a team involving WS Atkins, Katalysis, QinetiQ and TRL to produce these Think Pieces. Funding was from the Chief Scientific Adviser’s Research Programme Budget.

Agile Infrastructure (429 kb)

This Think Piece aimed to develop a better perspective on practicable ways the transport infrastructure might be made more flexible and responsive to demand in the short to medium term. Better understand what information will be needed by travellers and potential travellers to maximise the benefits of an agile infrastructure and how that information might be delivered in an influential manner.

Published:
22 July 2009

Systems of Systems (462 kb)

This Think Piece aimed to identify what sort of transport problems might be best suited to a SoS approach, evaluate the benefits and limitations of this approach and consider what future implications of SoS thinking might be for the Department.

Published:
22 July 2009

Improving Land Use Predictions (320 kb)

This Think Piece considered the interactions and conflicts between land use planning and transport planning with a view to developing a framework that reduces the need to travel.

Published:
22 July 2009