The THINK Foundry aims to enrich the THINK network with new knowledge. The foundry provides:
- Support for researchers and practitioners to systematically work together to develop, submit and win new funding in research
- Support to use research in policy and practice by holding workshops with key stakeholders aimed at maximising impact
Ongoing Foundry Research Explorations
- The role of machine learning, sensors and other technology such as adaptable signage to empower pedestrian safety, especially in rural areas with no pavements. Currently a collaborative exploration between Aberystwyth University Computer Sciences and Aber Business School looking to use a co-production/ user centred design approach. We welcome other collaborators from academia and beyond.
- The role of cargo peddle bikes and cargo e-bikes to tackle the logistics challenges of health care providers (e.g. waste collection, movement of mail and files, movement of samples, movement of staff across sites/ between GP surgeries etc). Currently looking at Hereford Pedicabs and Hereford Pedicargo as a case study and welcome other UK and international case studies for taking part in research and sharing good practice.
- How resilient is UK transport (including active travel) infrastructure to climate change driven extreme weather events? Currently looking for research examples in this area to invite to take part in a seminar on this topic.
- Improving walking standards for the UK in relation to new housing developments and also existing settlements. This work is looking at standardising the approach that councils across the UK take when it comes to assessing new housing developments (and existing settlements) and how walkable/wheelable key facilities are such as local shops, doctors surgery, banks etc. Currently exploring with THINK members of a working group on this topic but welcome new input and new members. Material from this exploration can be found elsewhere on our website https://think.aber.ac.uk/resources/active-travel-resources/
- How can computer mapping of accessibility to various day to day and leisure facilities by various modes of transport help commissioners of transport infrastructure make better planning and spending decisions? This exploration is currently taking place within the Community of Practice on ‘Research, data collection and tools for decision making’. We welcome new participants to the Community of Practice to take part.
- The role of TV and films in perpetuating car culture and how can these opportunities to engage the public help to support walking, cycling and public transport culture? Currently an exploration with Aberystwyth University Department of Theatre Film & Television Studies but welcome new participants, especially if you commission theatre, TV, film or radio work.
- Poetry writing workshop for the public about transport stories. Currently in collaboration with Matthew Jarvis from English and Creative Writing Dept at Aberystwyth University. We welcome other collaborators on this idea.
- Steering group support for the Healthy Travel Charter authors in the region. Currently an exploration with The Dialogue Centre and Hywel Dda University Health Board.