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Jamie Ward

Jamie Ward has won the 2023 Voorhees-Large Prize for his Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, dissertation A route-level analysis of the relationship between bike sharing and public transport: integration, complementation and substitution.

The Fund’s Trustees and their assessors agreed that Jamie’s work excels. It is of a very high analytic standard, it makes excellent use of existing information and is very relevant to practice and policy. One of the Fund’s Assessors described Jamie’s work as ‘pushing towards PhD level’.

Jamie researched the interactions between bike sharing and public transport in London. As he explained ‘bike sharing is a form of shared micromobility which can support access to public transport, be used where public transport is not viable, or provide a competitive alternative’. Through an innovative method which captured all possible routes in London’s bike sharing network, and all 11.4M bike sharing journeys undertaken in 2022, Jamie found that most bike sharing journeys in London compete with public transport and that bike sharing often represents a quicker but more expensive option, suggesting that bike sharing has great potential to relieve pressure on London’s overcrowded public transport system, providing fares are competitive.

 

Jamie, a Transport Planner at Ramboll, a global engineering consultancy headquartered in Denmark, works on a range of UK and international projects developing sustainable transport strategies, supporting planning applications for mixed-use developments, and appraising transport infrastructure.

 

He first developed a professional interest in transport planning while studying Geography at the University of Oxford. Joining Ramboll as a Graduate in 2020, he has since gained experience in report writing, data analysis, GIS, policy and literature reviews, strategic modelling, and microsimulation. For the past two years he was on his part-time Masters in Transport Planning at the Institute for Transport Studies (ITS), University of Leeds, where he developed knowledge and skills in a wide range of topics including transport modelling, spatial planning and economic appraisal, to name a few’.

 

Jamie ‘was very pleased to graduate from Leeds with distinction in 2023, thanks to the support of my family, friends and colleagues. I was also proud to present my Masters dissertation research at the 2023 European Transport Conference in Milan. I am now working towards professional recognition as a transport planner through the Chartered Transport Planning Professional (CTTP) qualification.

 

Outside work, I am the lead volunteer for my local Scout Group, where I support a team of volunteers to deliver a wide range of adventurous and challenging activities which help prepare local young people with skills for life.’

 

In responding to being told of the award of the 2023 Prize, Jamie said ‘I am honoured to receive the prestigious Voorhees-Large Prize for my Masters dissertation research. It is humbling for my work to be recognised in this way. I feel this is testament to the importance of data-driven research into the multifaceted relationships between different components of our mobility system. I hope to continue this focus as I progress my career in Transport Planning, and wish to thank my dissertation supervisor, tutors at ITS, and colleagues at Ramboll who have supported me’.

 

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