Professor Andrew Parkes

Andrew moved to Coventry University in September 2015 to lead the new Research Centre in Mobility and Transport. He was Chief Scientist (Life Sciences) at UK Transport Research Laboratory following research appointments at Birmingham, Loughborough and Leeds Universities. His background is in Psychology and Human Factors and he is active in areas of virtual and augmented reality, autonomous and connected mobility, transport design and safety.

He was Vice President of the Forum of European Road Safety Research Institutes (FERSI) and is Honorary Professor of Life Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Interests over his career have expanded from accident causation and investigation, through to a much wider view of the efficiency, acceptability and safety of transport systems. 

He has published over 200 journal articles, book contributions and sponsored reports in the areas of driver behaviour and performance. Research impact has included i) design of vehicle secondary safety systems, ii) design of in-vehicle interfaces, iii) legislation on driver distraction. iv) international standards for measurement of driver behaviour, v) use of simulation for training and research.

Coventry University No.1 Modern University No.1 Modern University in the Midlands
Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021