Project Team

Principal Project Investigator: Prof. Brian Caulfield (TCD)

Prof. Caulfield is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin.  He has been active in transport research for over 10 years and to date has attracted €1.2m in research funding from both National and EU funding sources.  His work particularly on the FP7 PEACOX ( project will be useful in the Greening Transport project.  He has widely published on transport and its impacts on the environment, he has published over 80 journal and conference papers and has a H factor of 10.  Prof Caulfield is also the Chair of the Irish Transportation Research Network and sits on the Transport Statistics Liaison Group (Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and the Central Statistics office), both of which will be useful to obtain information and disseminate findings from the Greening Transport Project.

Co-Principal Investigator
: Prof. Francesco Pilla (TCD)

Prof. Pilla is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin.  He has been active in environmental pollution research for 10 years and to date has attracted almost €1m in research funding from National funding sources. He has widely published on modelling of environmental pollution and its impacts on population and environment.  Prof Pilla is the co-director of 2 Irish EPA funded research fellowships, which focus on the development of emission inventories and projections for air pollutants (“Building a bottom-up air emission inventory”) and GHG gases (“GHG Emission Inventory & Projections”). This will provide invaluable direct support to the identification and analysis of high potential options for reducing GHG emissions from transport in the short to medium term in Ireland.

Dr. Aoife Ahern (UCD) – Senior Lecturer in the School of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering in UCD. Dr Ahern supervises 3 full-time PhD students in UCD and also supervises a part-time PhD student in the DIT. She is a member of  the Irish Transport Research Network Committee, of which she was chair from September 2010-September 2013. She has also been the Honorary Secretary of the Institute of Highway and Transportation Engineers (Irish branch) and has participated in a number of European and Irish projects, including FP7 project Optimism, looking at National Travel Statistics and the role of ICT in encouraging more sustainable travel. Current research interests include examining the impact of the recent housing boom on transport infrastructure and travel needs, the interactions between residential self-selection and commuter travel and equity issues relating to transport.

Prof. Bidisha Ghosh (TCD) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Trinity College Dublin. She is an expert of traffic prediction, time-series modelling, artificial intelligence algorithms, sustainable transportation and safety in transportation. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers and her H index is 7. She is in the editorial board of Transportation Research Part C and she is a current member of the Committee on Statistical Methods, ABJ80 in Transportation Research Board. She has attracted over €800,000 in the last four years in research funding from both National and EU funding sources.

Dr. Edgar Morgenroth (ESRI) is an Associate Research Professor and programme co-ordinator for research on transport and infrastructure at the Economic and Social Research Institute. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Trinity College Dublin, Board member of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and an independent member of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC). He is a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Regional Studies Association having served as its vice chairman and treasurer. Dr Morgenroth has worked on more than 50 research projects that have attracted almost €20 million in research funding. He was a member of the research team at the ESRI that with funding from the EPA developed the “Irish Sustainable Development Model” (project 2006-SDM-LS-11-M2) and he was also centrally involved in the EPA funded project “Towards a Green Net National Product for Ireland” (Project 2009SD-LS-2).

PhD Student: Páraic Carroll (TCD)

Páraic is one of the two PhD students working on the Greening Transport project. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Manchester in International Disaster Management in addition to receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from University College Dublin (UCD). Páraic research as part of this project will be exploring Smarter Travel Options and Transportation Modelling.


Project Advisory Board

  • Clare Finnegan: Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS)
  • David King: National Transport Authority (NTA)
  • Barry Colleary: National Transport Authority (NTA)
  • Jim Dalton: Central Statistics Office (CSO)