Kerri Rogan of Transport for London was awarded the 2013 Voorhees-Large Prize for her dissertation 'A mixed method study of gender differences in pedal cyclists’ risk in London' submitted for her Masters in Transport and Business Management at Imperial College London and University College London (UCL).
When Kerri graduated with a first class BSc in Geography from Kings College London she decided to pursue a career in transport as Kerri explained ‘transport is at the heart of London, my home city, as it ensures the city continues to work and grow and it makes life in London better’.
Starting her career as a transport planner on Transport for London’s (TfL) graduate scheme, Kerri worked in a variety of roles at TfL, including the planning and operational delivery of the 2012 Olympic Games, designing and delivering schemes for cycling and urban realm in London and, outside of TfL, advising the Senior Traffic Commissioner of Great Britain. She has recently been appointed TfL’s Head of Corporate Affairs, managing the relationship between London’s Transport Commissioner, City Hall and other key stakeholders.
While working for TfL, Kerri studied for her transport Masters, using it as a platform to explore and interrogate many of the challenges facing London’s transport network she is exposed to at TfL. This led her to write her dissertation on cycle safety, specifically the gender difference in risk, ‘undertaking the research has been an incredibly insightful experience and the study is a fantastic example of what can be achieved through multi-agency working. None of it would have been possible without the financial support of the Rees Jeffreys Road Fund’.
In her dissertation Kerri sought to identify whether or not there is a gender difference in the level of risk faced by adult cyclists (18+ years) in London, taking into account the amount of cycling males and females do. She then went on to explore the potential factors underlying such differences and assess the level of awareness amongst policy makers and how appropriately they are set up to respond. Pulling her findings together, she developed recommendations for addressing gender differences in risk to help inform the improvement of cycle safety policy and sustain a more equitable growth in cycling.
On being told she had been awarded the Voorhees-Large Prize, Kerri said "I was overwhelmed and truly grateful. I believe this award reflects the fantastic multi-agency effort (TfL, Department for Transport, Metropolitan Police Service, UCL, Imperial College London etc) that went into this research and the hard work and support of many people who have dedicated their careers to improving the safety of cycling in London. It has been an absolute pleasure working alongside such talent and being able to bring it all together, it has provided me with an understanding that I will continue to develop throughout my career".