Christian Brand

UKERC Researcher, UKERC Director

Christian Brand is a Senior Research Fellow in Transport, Energy and the Environment at the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) and the Transport Studies Unit (TSU). Since 2012 he has also been the Assad Kotaite Senior Research Fellow in Transport Studies at Linacre College Oxford. Christian holds a DPhil in Geography and the Environment from the University of Oxford (2006) on 'Personal Travel and Climate Change: exploring greenhouse gas emissions from personal travel activity of individuals and households'. He also holds two Master of Science degrees, the first in Environmental Technology from ICCET, Imperial College (1996), which focussed on Energy Policy, and the second in Physics from the University of Heidelberg (1994), Germany, which focussed on physical chemistry and laser physics.

Christian's main area of research interest lies in the integrated analysis of transport-energy-environment-health systems at various scales to support evidence based policy making. He has established an international reputation for his pioneering work on measuring and evaluating personal travel behaviour and its impacts on energy use, climate change and health. His approaches to research are interdisciplinary, including techno-economic, socio-technical and socio-ecological assessments of transport and mobility and their energy, environmental and health impacts. This often involves developing complex models and evaluation tools using spreadsheet, relational database and web-development software. Christian is a problem solver with a strong, interdisciplinary research background in both physical and social sciences