Tom Rye

Tom Rye

Prof Tom Rye

Professor of Transport and Director of Transport Research Institute


Prof Tom Rye has been Director of the Transport Research institute (TRI) at Edinburgh Napier since January 2015. Tom is an international expert in the field of mobility management, parking management and comparative transport policy assessment. He joined TRI after spending a period as Professor of Transport at Lund University in Sweden, during which he led the successful creation of the K2 National Knowledge Centre for Public Transport (, a joint initiative of Sweden’s research funding agencies, national transport agency, three regional public transport bodies and three research organisations including Sweden’s national transport research laboratory. As a result of his previous teaching and research activity at Napier between 1996 and 2012 he is known throughout Scotland - as well as more widely across the rest of Europe - for his strong academic and research reputation in the area of transport policy. Tom takes overall responsibility for ensuring that TRI is internationally recognised by academics, public policy makers, the transport industry and investors and for the relevance, quality and rigour of its research and its teaching in areas that contribute to more sustainable and healthy mobility.




Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Member Cross Party Group Cycling Walking and Buses
  • Invited Chair, OECD Workshop on Measuring Accessibility in Transport
  • Chair, Universities Transport Studies Group
  • Member K2 International Advisory Board
  • Chair of Jury, European Mobility Week Award, 2009; and member of jury for 2010 award.


Conference Activity

  • Chair Session at Thredbo 15 in Stockholm 2017
  • 14th Annual CILT Young Professionals Conference - 3rd March 2016


Editorial Activity

  • Member Scientific Committee MTIR Journal
  • Scientific Journal of Silesian University of Technology. Series Transport Ediitorial Board Member
  • Member Editorial Board Transport Policy Journal


Invited Speaker

  • How parking management can contribute to sustainable mobility and how it can be implemented
  • Transport and economic growth
  • Why do trams cost more in UK than continental Europe?
  • Views on Scotland's National Transport Strategy
  • Views on Scotland's National Transport Strategy
  • Bike Life launch
  • Smart Cities and Mobility Seminar - ECCI/National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) China
  • Rye, T. (2001) Management of Staff Travel Choices at the Company Level in the UK. Invited presentation and report to European Conference of Ministers Of Transport,
  • Rye, T. (2005a) Mobility Management in the UK. Invited presentation and report to European Conference of Ministers Of Transport/Japanese Ministry of Transport seminar, Tokyo.
  • Rye, T. (2009) Citizens’ and users’ expectations about future public transport in Europe. Invited presentation at practitioners conference on public transport, Bergen, Norway, November.
  • Rye, T. (2005d) What do citizens require from Public Transport? Invited presentation to HiTRANS international conference on High Quality Public Transport, Aarhus, Denmark, 22-23 September 2005.
  • Rye, T. (2005b) Mobility Management in the UK. Invited workshop participation for European Conference of Ministers of Transport/Japanese Ministry of Transport seminar, Tokyo.
  • Rye, T. (2005c) Using planning to manage Parking - UK Experiences. Invited paper and presentation to International Seminar on Parking Management and Land Use Regulations, Oslo, September 20. 2005


Media Activity

  • Reporting Scotland & Good Morning Scotland


Non-executive Directorship

  • Living Streets UK National Trustee


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