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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76 results

Effect of Distance to Trauma Centre, Trauma Centre Level, and Trauma Centre Region on Fatal Injuries among Motorcyclists in Taiwan

Journal Article
Wiratama, B. S., Chen, P., Chao, C., Wang, M., Saleh, W., Lin, H., & Pai, C. (2021)
Effect of Distance to Trauma Centre, Trauma Centre Level, and Trauma Centre Region on Fatal Injuries among Motorcyclists in Taiwan. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(6), https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18062998
Background: Studies have suggested that trauma centre-related risk factors, such as distance to the nearest trauma hospital, are strong predictors of fatal injuries among moto...

Evaluating the Effects of Holidays on Road Crash Injuries in the United Kingdom

Journal Article
Wiratama, B. S., Chen, P., Chen, L., Saleh, W., Chen, S., Chen, H., …Pai, C. (2021)
Evaluating the Effects of Holidays on Road Crash Injuries in the United Kingdom. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(1), https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18010280
Background: Research suggests that drivers tend to engage in risk-taking behaviours on public holidays. Studies that examined the association between holidays (or other specia...

The role of personal norms in the choice of mode for commuting

Journal Article
Ababio-Donkor, A., Saleh, W., & Fonzone, A. (2020)
The role of personal norms in the choice of mode for commuting. Research in Transportation Economics, 83, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.retrec.2020.100966
Research in travel behavioural studies have shown that social forces play a significant role in travel decision making like socioeconomic factors. Several studies have tested ...

Pedestrian Road Crossing at Uncontrolled Mid-Block Locations: Does the Refuge Island Increase Risk?

Journal Article
Saleh, W., Grigorova, M., & Elattar, S. (2020)
Pedestrian Road Crossing at Uncontrolled Mid-Block Locations: Does the Refuge Island Increase Risk?. Sustainability, 12(12), https://doi.org/10.3390/su12124891
The study investigates the behaviour of pedestrians crossing a road with a refuge island in an urban area to assess whether refuge islands deliver their expected benefit. This...

Investigation of Critical Gap for Pedestrian Crossing Using Fuzzy Logic System

Journal Article
Saleh, W. S., & Lashin, M. M. A. (2020)
Investigation of Critical Gap for Pedestrian Crossing Using Fuzzy Logic System. Applied Sciences, 10(10), https://doi.org/10.3390/app10103653
This paper assesses pedestrian crossing behavior and critical gaps at a two-way midblock crossing location. A critical gap is the shortest gap that a pedestrian accepts when c...

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...

The Relationships between Social Deprivation, Pedestrian and Driver Actions and Exposure in Road Casualty Accidents at Mid-Block Crossings

Journal Article
Downey, L., Saleh, W., Kharbeche, . M., & Muley, D. (2018)
The Relationships between Social Deprivation, Pedestrian and Driver Actions and Exposure in Road Casualty Accidents at Mid-Block Crossings. Smart Highways, 6(1), 46-52
In July 2002, the UK Department for Transport enhanced its road safety targets to specifically tackle the significantly higher number of casualty accidents that occur in disad...

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