Adrian Davis

Transport Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University

Professor of Transport & Health

Transport Research Institute - Edinburgh Napier University

A Public Health doctor, Adrian has for over 30 years focused his work on the health impacts of road transport, the understanding of the importance of health by transport planners, and the application of science in selecting which policies and practices most support health enhancing travel behaviours. He authored the first transport policy statement of any national Medical association in 1997 – for the British Medical Association, followed by the Transport evidence for the Acheson Inquiry into Inequalities in Health in 1998 commissioned  by the Government. Adrian has drafted evidence summaries and reports on active travel and mobility for international and many national bodies e.g. WHO, Public Health England, Dept. Transport, Scottish Government, and most recently for the Welsh Government on implementation details of their planned default 20mph speed limit.

Adrian has practitioner experience through 11 years p/t with Bristol City Council’s transport team where he designed their city-wide 20mph speed limit programme and then developed their Safe Systems Road Safety Plan. In 2018 he took up the position of Professor of Transport & Health at Edinburgh Napier University. He is also a Senior Fellow at UWE Bristol. Adrian provides a free evidence translation service of de-jargonised 1 page summaries for transport and built environment practitioners. He describes himself as a ‘boundary spanner’ in ensuring that science is truly interdisciplinary and connected to practitioners.

A founding Editor and member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Transport and Health, Adrian was awarded an honorary Doctorate by UWE Bristol in 2015 in recognition of his ‘multi-disciplinary approach and collaboration on transport and health’. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health through Distinction (FFPH).

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