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Policy, Economics and Appraisal in Transport


The PEAT training site will provide a comprehensive research training environment covering the theoretical,methodological and contextual research issues within the field of Policy, Economics and Appraisal for thetransport network of today and tomorrow. Fellows will train toward PhD within a large group of academics andresearchers with a track record of international excellence in this field. The quality of research at ITS wasconfirmed by the highest rating (Grade 5*) in both the 1996 and 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, resultingin the highest possible double 5* rating overall. Fellows initially register as a research student at the Universityof Leeds and follow a well structured 3-year programme of research and training aimed towards a PhD. Duringthe first year, Fellows will acquire basic technical and complementary skills and carry out the initial researchtasks towards the PhD objectives. During the second year, basic skills will be consolidated and supplementedwith specialist training whilst the main body of the research progresses forward. During the third year theresearch is concluded, a written thesis submitted for examination and Fellows acquire relevant skills for a futurecareer. At the end of their visit, Fellows will have increased their skills and understanding within the followingareas: transport policy, the role of transport charging, taxation and subsidy, transport project appraisal, financialappraisal and cost-benefit analysis, valuation of costs and benefits, design and effectiveness of demandmanagement measures, policies for sustainable planning and transport demand forecasting methods. There existsa skills shortage in these areas across Europe and the PEAT site will produce a pool of qualified researchers tomeet this. The site has direct relevance to achieving the overall objective of developing dynamic world-classhuman resources in Europe and the specific objectives of reinforcing training #

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