The project is a collaboration between University College London and the University of the West of England. It will also involve a number of stakeholders from industry, policy and civil society


Dr Tom Cohen (Researcher) is a Senior Research Associate at UCL’s Centre for Transport Studies. He spent a decade in transport consultancy before joining UCL to study for a doctorate in 2009, completed in 2013. He led UCL’s work in 2016 for the Department for Transport on AVs and has since been leading work on ‘future developments’ as part of the H2020-funded CREATE (Congestion Reduction in Europe: Advancing Transport Efficiency) project.


Professor Peter Jones (Co-Investigator) is Professor of Transport and Sustainable Development at University College London. He is a member of the Independent Transport Commission, the London Roads and Streets Commission, the Commission on Travel Demand and the UCL Grand Challenges Sustainable Cities theme leader for Transport & Sustainable Mobility. He has also acted as a consultant to Transport for London, the European Commission and several national and local governments. He was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list for services to national transport policy.


Ms Saba Mirza (Research Assistant) is a student of science and technology studies at UCL. She previously worked as a journalist and higher education professional in Pakistan before joining Imperial College London’s Institute of Global Health Innovation in the UK.

Professor Graham Parkhurst (Co-Investigator) is Professor of Sustainable Mobility and Director of the Centre for Transport & Society at the University of the West of England, Bristol. A key driver of his scholarship has been to understand who benefits and who loses from transport policy change and new transport facilities.


Dr Jack Stilgoe (Principal Investigator) is a Senior Lecturer in science and technology policy at University College London where he researches the governance of emerging technologies. He worked with EPSRC and ESRC to develop a framework for responsible innovation, which is now being used by the Research Councils. Among other publications, he is the author of ‘Experiment Earth: Responsible innovation in geoengineering’ (2015, Routledge). He previously worked in science and technology policy at the Royal Society and the think tank Demos. He is a fellow of the Turing Institute and a Trustee of Involve, a public participation think tank.


Professor Alan Winfield (Co-Investigator) is Professor of Robot Ethics and member (until recently Director) of the Science Communication Unit at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK, and Visiting Professor at the University of York. He co-founded the Bristol Robotics Laboratory. His research is focussed on understanding the nature and limits of robot intelligence. Winfield is an advocate for robot ethics and is a member of the executive committee of the IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems.

Dr Chris Tennant (researcher) joined the Driverless Futures project in March 2020 and is based at UCL’s Science and Technology Studies department.  He worked for 25 years in the financial services industry in London before studying for a doctorate at the LSE.  He continues to be a Visiting Fellow at LSE’s Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science.   His research interests are the interplay between moral values and rational explanation, media representation of contested science, trust and accountability.