Dr Stephen Parkes

Job title: 
Research Fellow

Phone 0114 225 4304

Steve is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR). His area of expertise is transport but he has specific interest in the topics of urban sustainability, behaviour change, active travel, infrastructure, and issues of social and spatial equity. He has skills in applying both quantitative and qualitative research methods in a variety of contexts, and in working with, and for, a variety of stakeholders. In 2019 he was appointed to the editorial board of the People, Place and Policy journal (

Prior to CRESR, Steve worked as a researcher in the School of Geography, University of Nottingham working within a Leverhulme Trust funded interdisciplinary project on urban sustainability. His PhD (University of Leeds, 2011-2015) focused on the impact of disruptive events on individual travel behaviour, adopting a case-study of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Research interests

  • sustainable transport
  • active travel
  • urban sustainability
  • economic geography
  • behavioural change theory

Current research projects

2020 - 2022 Local and regional responses to connected and autonomous vehicles. Role: project team member.

2020 - 2021 Autonomous vehicle regulation in practice: Is the UK ready? Role: project manager.

2019-2020 South Yorkshire Bus Review Evidence Support. Role: project team member.

2019-2021 Walking with Energy: overcoming energy invisibility through research participation, Swedish Energy Agency. Role: project manager.

2019-2020 Parks for People Programme Evaluation, Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund. Role: project team member.

2018-2022 Greater Manchester Working Well Early Help Evaluation, Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Role: project team member.

Selected research projects

2018-2019 Economic Assessment of Assets in Community Ownership, Power to Change. Role: project team member.

2018-2019 Inclusive Growth Strategy Support, Sheffield City Region. Role: project team member.

2018-2019 The Sheffield and Rotherham Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA), Sheffield City Council and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. Role: project team member.

2018-2019 Sheffield City Region Active Travel Review, Sheffield City Region. Role: project team member.

2018 Metrolink Community Impact Study (led by Ipsos Mori), Transport for Greater Manchester. Role: policy input.

Selected research reports

Archer, T., Parkes, S. and Speake, B. (2020) The English Village and Community Hall Survey 2020. Action for Communities in Rural England (ACRE).

Haake, S., Hamilton, N., Gregory, M. and Parkes, S.D. (2019) Active Travel Strategy Review. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University. 

Ferrari, E., Archer, T. and Parkes, S.D. (2019) Sheffield and Rotherham Strategic Housing Market Assessment 2018. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.

Parkes, S.D., Archer, T. and Ferrari, E. (2019) The Student Housing Market in Sheffield. Sheffield: Sheffield Hallam University.

Academic publications

Parkes, S.D., Jopson, A. and Marsden, G. (2016) Understanding travel behaviour change during mega-events: Lessons from the London 2012 Games. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 92, pp. 104-119.

Parkes, S.D., Marsden, G., Shaheen, S.A. and Cohen, A.P. (2013) Understanding the diffusion of public bikesharing systems: Evidence from Europe and North America. Journal of Transport Geography, 31, pp. 94-103.

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Key clients

Sheffield City Council
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