The AUNT-SUE Story

(as by January 2012)


ACCESSIBILITY AND USER NEEDS IN TRANSPORT FOR SUSTAINABLE URBAN ENVIRONMENTS (AUNT-SUE) is a cross-disciplinary network that comprises leading  researchers in urban transport, design and social inclusion. Our consortium brings together the expertise of leading research centres in London Metropolitan University, Loughborough University and University College London. Project partners include the London Borough of Camden and Hertfordshire County Council, where longitudinal test beds have been located, plus a host of boroughs/districts, transport agencies and other policy-makers and practitioners from public, private and voluntary sectors.


The AUNT-SUE Study commenced in 2004 following an initial scoping study. It was informed and inspired by previous research undertaken by team members and others that highlighted the ways in which poor transport and urban design actually reinforced the isolation of people who already suffer various forms of exclusion, and who may be literally as well as metaphorically cut off from the social mainstream and access to everyday life.


Since 2004, our aim has been to develop and test sustainable policies and practice that will deliver effective, socially inclusive design and delivery of transport and the associated public realm from micro up to macro level.


The project was funded between 2004 and 2010 by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). In 2011 consortium members at London Metropolitan University secured European INTEREG IVB funding to investigate the means by which the AUNT-SUE Journey Wizard and the 'Toolkit' can be used to support the development of low carbon transport that suits the needs of users in UK and the North Sea Region.


Snapshots of AUNT-SUE events