Stephen Potter

Emeritus Professor


Stephen Potter is Professor of Transport Strategy, undertaking work on the design processes involved for the diffusion of cleaner transport technologies, cleaner vehicle technologies (including participation in the Milton Keynes electric vehicle project) and more sustainable travel behaviour. This also includes work on specific topics such as travel plans and the design of transport environmental taxation. As well as transport research, Stephen also undertakes studies in other sustainable design issues

Current and Recent Research Projects

Sustainable Transport Systems: Co-ordinates the University's contribution as a partner in the Milton Keynes Electric Vehicle project that successfully bid for a £7m grant under the Plugged in Places programme to develop public electric car charging infrastructure (see project Newsletter).  Evidence submitted for the Milton Keynes Transport Vision consultation. An interview with Stephen on electric vehicles featured in the January 2011 Euronews programme on Energy and the City. A longer interview is also available on the Euronews Bonus Video site. Contributing to the transport workprogramme of the new MK:Smart project .

Project Falcon: This project is linked to smart grids development and is to explore methods to manage new patterns of electricity demand and local generation. The OU are working with Western Power Distribution on user engagement aspects of this major four year project. For details see the Low Carbon UK website and also the introductory podcast we have produced for the project.

People-centred Ecodesign: a Design Innovation Group programme with Professor Robin Roy and Dr Sally Caird on factors influencing the adoption and useof low carbon products and systems. This includes work funded under the Carbon Connections research programme in partnership with the Energy Savings Trust.

Taxation Futures for Sustainable Mobility: An ongoing programme of work  including a Parliamentary presentation in 2008, a chapter in a major new book [pdf of book chapter] and a presentation to the 2008 Global Conference on Environmental Taxation. Transport Commissioner for the Green Fiscal Commission and work on tax measures to support travel plans, including research for the National Business Travel Network. Invited in 2011 as an expert contributor to the Green Budget Europe Workshop on Company Car Tax. This was developed into a UTSG paper in 2012 [pdf of UTSG paper]


Recent teaching work includes:

T213 Energy and Sustainability: Authored transport section, which also forms an Open Learn Couse in Sustainable Transport.

T219 Environmental Management: Authored transport section.

T317 Innovation: designing for change: Block 6 author (first presentation in Autumn 2014)

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