Wafaa Saleh

Wafaa Saleh

Prof Wafaa Saleh

Professor

Biography

Wafaa is a Chartered Engineer with over 30 years’ experience in teaching, research and practice. The main focus of her research interests include modelling travel behaviour, accident analysis and investigations, transport and the environment, travel demand management, traffic engineering and travel behaviour in oil rich countries. Wafaa has successfully directed 11PhD/MPhil completions and published over 50 refereed articles. She has also been active in encouraging colleagues to publish alone and jointly with her. Wafaa has edited a number of books and Special Issues at top academic international transport Journals. She has been invited to peer review international applications, keynote addresses and to international external examinations.
Wafaa has a vision for her research and academic activities “Our academic research and scholar activities have to have a positive contribution to the development and wellbeing of our communities”. Impacts of transport and travel on the community have been the highlight of a number of her teaching and research activities. She is marketing this vision by a number of international talks, at School and university events and in the classroom.
Wafaa is applying her working knowledge of theory and practice which is reflected in various publications and academic work. Her work at professorial level has been recognised internationally through a number of research projects, PhD studentships, international appointments, election to Chair and contribute to a number of national and international scientific committees conferences and symposia. She has sat on a number of Faculty and School committees at ENU over the past 20 years.
Wafaa has led the development of the environmental engineering lab at Edinburgh Napier University. This development involved collaborations with engineering colleagues. The lab is currently being used by staff and research students and also, during university open days and school visits.
Wafaa has led and contributed to research projects in excess of £1,100,000, including securing research grants as Principal Investigator/ Project Supervisor from EPSRC, Department for Transport, Scottish Executive, Saudi Arabia and UAE Governments and other research councils. In addition, Wafaa has led a number of collaboration with a commercial software company, Lothian buses, Scottish Enterprise and the European Regional Development Fund to produce and test a range of engineering products for traffic modelling, carbon reduction, congestion management and traffic problem solutions.

With Wafaa’s experience in research and development, established records of PhD completion and novelty in research and teaching, she has set a new area for her contribution which is to develop new opportunities and strategies for research engagement and students’ training in the Middle East.

Wafaa has founded the TRI- Middle East Research Centre with the aim of growing the universities academic reputation and to internationalise our work, in line with the university strategy 2020. She has also established the Transport Research Institute (TRI) “AraB Academy of Engineering and Technology - “ABET". The aim of the academy is to provide support for high-calibre students and researchers who are keen to develop their research and investigatory competences, especially from the Middle East. The academy will provide an excellent and personalised student experience and will build innovation, enterprise and citizenship in line with the university Strategy 2020.
These initiatives are planned to contribute to grow Napier’s academic reputation, to deliver an excellent, personalised student experience, to build innovation, enterprise and citizenship and to internationalise our work. Success in delivering these initiatives is in Wafaa’s strategic planning.

Research Areas

Events

Esteem

Conference Activity

  • TRI makes significant contribution to TDM Symposium in China

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • TRI's Wafaa Saleh appointed as First Female Professor OF Transport Engineering in the UK.

 

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70 results

Understanding transport mode choice for commuting: the role of affect

Journal Article
Ababio-Donkor, A., Saleh, W., & Fonzone, A. (2020)
Understanding transport mode choice for commuting: the role of affect. Transportation Planning and Technology, 43(4), 385-403. https://doi.org/10.1080/03081060.2020.1747203
This study examines the relationship between positive and negative user valence and transport mode choice behaviour. We integrate latent attitudes ‘affect’ and ‘salience’ into...

Effect of motorcycle helmet types on head injuries: evidence from eight level-I trauma centres in Taiwan

Journal Article
Lam, C., Wiratama, B. S., Chang, W., Chen, P., Chiu, W., Saleh, W., & Pai, C. (2020)
Effect of motorcycle helmet types on head injuries: evidence from eight level-I trauma centres in Taiwan. BMC Public Health, 20(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-8191-1
Background Motorcycle full-coverage helmet use may reduce fatalities and head injuries. Methods This retrospective cohort study extracted injury data from eight level-I traum...

Road Users’ Behavior at Marked Crosswalks on Channelized Right-Turn Lanes at Intersections in the State of Qatar

Journal Article
Muley, D., Kharbeche, M., Downey, L., Saleh, W., & Al-Salem, M. (2019)
Road Users’ Behavior at Marked Crosswalks on Channelized Right-Turn Lanes at Intersections in the State of Qatar. Sustainability, 11(20), https://doi.org/10.3390/su11205699
At non-signalized marked crosswalks, pedestrian priority is neither well-defined nor well acknowledged by drivers. This paper presents the findings of an investigation on both...

Pedestrian crashes at priority controlled junctions, roundabouts and signalised junctions: The UK case study

Journal Article
Downey, L. (2019)
Pedestrian crashes at priority controlled junctions, roundabouts and signalised junctions: The UK case study. Traffic Injury Prevention, 20(3), 308-313. https://doi.org/10.1080/15389588.2019.1574972
Objectives: Over half of pedestrians killed and seriously injured in Great Britain in 2015 were involved in crashes at junctions. This study investigates the nature of these c...

Helmet non-use by users of bikeshare programs, electric bicycles, racing bicycles, and personal bicycles: An observational study in Taipei, Taiwan.

Journal Article
Chi, C., Chen, P., Saleh, W., Tsai, S., & Pai, C. (2018)
Helmet non-use by users of bikeshare programs, electric bicycles, racing bicycles, and personal bicycles: An observational study in Taipei, Taiwan. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1080/15568318.2018.1441470
The bikeshare program in Taipei City and New Taipei City, called U-bike, was launched in August 2012 and has more than 7500 bicycles operating out of 769 stations. Research ha...

Pokemon gaming causes pedestrians to run a red light: An observational study of crossing behaviours at a signalised intersection in Taipei City

Journal Article
Chen, P., Saleh, W., & Pai, C. (2018)
Pokemon gaming causes pedestrians to run a red light: An observational study of crossing behaviours at a signalised intersection in Taipei City. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 55, 380-388. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trf.2018.03.011
Since the launch of the smartphone game “Pokemon Go”, the worldwide craze has led to numerous traffic crashes and injuries resulting from falling or tripping. This paper inves...

Electrical cars: an option for the Gulf states?

Presentation / Conference
Saleh, W. (2017, November)
Electrical cars: an option for the Gulf states?. Presented at International Energy and Environment Summit - 2017, Dubai

ITS related pedestrian crossing features at signalised intersections.

Presentation / Conference
Downey, L., Saleh, W., Kharbeche, M. & Muley, D. (2017, October)
ITS related pedestrian crossing features at signalised intersections. Presented at IEEE ITSC 2017, Japan

Speech at the 8th International Symposium on Travel Demand Management (TDM), Taipei, Taiwan

Presentation / Conference
Saleh, W. (2017, September)
Speech at the 8th International Symposium on Travel Demand Management (TDM), Taipei, Taiwan. Presented at 8th International Symposium on Travel Demand Management (TDM), Taipei, Taiwan
Saleh, W. (2017, September). Speech at the 8th International Symposium on Travel Demand Management (TDM), Taipei, Taiwan. Presented at 8th International Symposium on Travel De...

Texting and walking: a controlled field study of crossing behaviours and inattentional blindness in Taiwan.

Journal Article
Chen, P., Saleh, W., & Pai, C. (2017)
Texting and walking: a controlled field study of crossing behaviours and inattentional blindness in Taiwan. Behaviour and Information Technology, 36(4), 435-445. https://doi.org/10.1080/0144929x.2016.1240234
The paper investigates the effects of phone use (talking, texting, and listening to music) on the street-crossing behaviours of pedestrians and their inattentional blindness i...

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