Dr Ransford A. Acheampong

Presidential Academic Fellow in Future Cities

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Biography

I joined the University of Manchester in 2018 as Presidential Academic Fellow in Future Cities with a focus on transport and mobility futures at the Department of Planning and Environmental Management (PEM). I am also affiliated with the Spatial Policy Analysis (SPA) Lab, Manchester Urban Institute (MUI).  Prior to that, I was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Ireland, following achieving my PhD at the University of Cambridge.

My research interests are focused on the nexus among transportation, mobility and land use, and their integrated planning in cities.

The first strand of my research addresses questions around the diffusion and socio-spatial impacts of new and emerging mobility technologies, including Autonomous mobility (i.e. transport and mobility issues around fully autonomous vehicles), and ICT-enabled mobility forms, including shared-mobility, on-demand internet-based ride-hailing and Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS). For example, in the  Autonomous Disruption—Socio-spatial and infrastructure investment implications of Autonomous Vehicles’, project,  I lead a team of researchers to develop an international  comparative understanding of the urban impacts of autonomous vehicles, using four cities and city-regions across Europe and Australasia, namely Manchester (UK), Melbourne (Australia), Seattle (USA) and Singapore. In another on-going project, I am investigating the acceptance and diffusion, as well as  travel behaviour and safety and security impacts of smart, digital platform mobility services (e.g Uber) in the Global South.

The second strand of my research focuses on the land use-transport nexus. In this area, I combine dynamic modelling and simulation methodologies, such as agent-based modelling (ABM) with geospatial and quantitative analytic methodologies to understand how urban structure co-evolves with mobility patterns and travel behaviours in cities. This strand of research also takes me, for example, into land use and urban morphological change monitoring and analyses in rapidly urbanizing metropolitan areas in the Global South.

With my primary academic background being in the discipline of spatial planning, I am also interested in urban planning and development issues in the Global South. In my new book, Spatial Planning in Ghana: Origins, Contemporary Reforms and Practices, and New Perspectives published by Springer, I explore contemporary planning issues covering a number of themes. This includes the evolving nature and scope of spatial planning and the planning system, integrated spatial development and transport planning, urbanization and settlement growth management and multi-level policy integration in spatial planning.

 

Education/Qualification

PhD, University of Cambridge, UK

MPhil, Planning, Growth and Regeneration. University of Cambridge, UK

Certificate in Principles of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). University of Twente, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Netherlands

BSc (Hons) Human Settlement Planning (First-class). Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana

Areas of expertise

  • HE Transportation and Communications - land use and transport interaction, autonomous transport, non-motorised transport, urban modelling and simulation, spatial planning, decision-support systems, smart city, driverless vehicles, self-driving cars, complex systems, agent-based modeling

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