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Michael Nattrass

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Michael Nattrass.jpgPlease do not hesitate to contact Michael, as he is always happy to talk about cycling whether about his ongoing research project or the best places to stop off for cake when cycling in the Lakes District!

Email:              michael.nattrass.14@ucl.ac.uk

LinkedIn:          https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-nattrass-b05ba594

Post:                UCL Department of Geography, University College London, London WC1E 6BT

 

 

 

Profile

Michael Nattrass is currently an ESRC funded PhD researcher in the Department of Geography at University College London (UCL).  Michael is a transport geographer with research interests in how the social dynamics of traffic play out the infrastructures that is the road network.  He is currently researching how the road network comes to be used and justified as an infrastructure for people using different modes of transport.  This research will contribute towards wider attempts to create more liveable cities, inspired by the shared space approaches to transport planning.  In doing so, this research is driven by a desire to grow the levels of cycling found in cities at the same time as having more appropriate car usage.

Based upon this ongoing research, in June 2016 he co-wrote Stuck in First Gear – The Government’s Cycling Revolution, which was the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s official response to the Government’s consultation on the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.  In addition to this, Michael has contributed towards a recent consultation around the Cycle Strategy for Cumbria and regularly attends the monthly Cycling@Tea-Time seminar by the UCL Transport Institute.

When he is not thinking about transport issues, he can be found cycling, running or walking around London or in his home area of the Lake District.

Supervisors:

Dr Alan Latham
Dr Russell Hitchings

Biography

Education

PhD Geography, University College London

2015 – 2018 (expected)

Funding:          ESRC (1+3) Studentship through the UCL ESRC DTC

 

MSc Urban Studies, University College London

2014 – 2015

Classification:  Distinction

Funding:          ESRC (1+3) Studentship through the UCL ESRC DTC

Dissertation:    ‘Small Changes with Big Consequences? Exploring the Use of Urban Infrastructure by Commuter Cyclists’

 

BA (Hons) Geography, Lancaster University

2010 – 2013

Classification:  First

Dissertation:    ‘Issues of Cycling for Young People, Relating to the Dominance of the Automobile: A case study of Carlisle’

Awards:

Best Overall Performance of LEC Graduate 2013: Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University

Best Overall Performance of Geography Graduate 2013: Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University

Best Overall Performance of Second Year Geography 2012: Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University

 

Employment

Pension Administration Assistant, Welplan Ltd

2013 – 2014

This role at Welplan Ltd provided experience of developing a new set of daily procedures and working programmes in Microsoft Excel to comply with significant changes to Pension Regulations and the requirements of other financial departments within the business.  In so doing, this drew and enhanced Michael’s skills of inter-departmental communication and analysis that were required to work across the boundaries between different departments.

Research

Research Title: Caught up in the Traffic: Views from those Cycling, Walking and Driving about the Road Network being used as an Infrastructure for Cycling.

Michael’s research seeks to explore how the road network is used and negotiated as an infrastructure for cycling and driving in Carlisle, Cumbria.  In developing this research project, Michael is drawing upon work in transport geography about cycling in conjunction with a diverse set of literatures concerning: when something becomes an infrastructure; everyday perceptions of risks; social justifications; and common-pool resources.  Recording and talking about the actions and justifications of people both cycling and driving, is an important development on most transport geography work that continues to remain resolutely single modal focused.

This is an approach that provides an after-market and user-centric account that aims to provide insights into the often neglected ways infrastructures, like the road network, come to work as part our everyday life.  Such an approach emphasises how the lived use of infrastructures can be the site for incremental and unexpected malleability around when the road space can be shared to varying extents by different transport users.  Based upon data collected from ride-along, interview and focus group methods of data collection, this research project will provide important insights into the ways in which road users make sense and justify not only their own actions, but importantly, those of others using the same road at the same time for cycling and driving.

This research project aims to develop important new insights into the tensions and opportunities for the existing road network to be shared amongst road users in ways that encourages greater levels of cycling and more appropriate car-use.

Research Impact

Policy Engagement

May-June 2016

Co-Wrote for All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling the Inquiry Brief and Inquiry Report ‘Stuck in First Gear – The Government’s Cycling Revolution’, in response to the Government’s Draft Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy

April 2016

Interviewed as part of the consultation for a multi-agency effort to develop the first Cycle Strategy for Cumbria

October 2015

Submission of Dissertation Executive Summary ‘Small Changes with Big Consequences? Exploring the Use of Urban Infrastructure by Commuter Cyclists’ to Cumbria County Council Highways Team

 

Conference and Poster Presentations

June 2017

Presentation with Alan Latham, to Cycling@TeaTime#25 'Promoting Cycling in Unpromising Locations', UCL Transport Institute, titled: 'Negotiating Everyday Infrastructures for Cycling - Rule-breaking, rule-following, and social justification'.

March 2017

Presentation with Alan Latham, to American Association of Geographers, Annual Meeting 2017, Boston, MA, titled: 'Negotiating Everyday Infrastructures for Cycling - Rule-breaking, rule-following, and social justification'.

May 2016

Presentation to UCL Geography, Human Geography Seminar Series, titled: ‘Everyday Transport and ‘Shaping’ the Road Network: A View from Inhabiting and Negotiating the Infrastructures of Walking, Cycling and Driving’

March 2016

Presentation at RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-Term Conference 2016, Newcastle University titled ‘Small Changes with Big Consequences? Exploring the Use of Urban Infrastructure by Commuter Cyclists’

March 2016

Presentation at UCL Geography, Conversations in Geography Conference, titled: ‘Small Changes with Big Consequences? Exploring the Use of Urban Infrastructure by Commuter Cyclists’

November 2015

Poster Presentation at UCL ESRC Doctoral Training Centre's (DTC) Annual Welcome Event, titled: ‘Small Changes with Big Consequences? Exploring the Use of Urban Infrastructure by Commuter Cyclists’

Research Training

Doctoral Training Sessions

January – April 2016   UCL Geography PhD Seminar Training Series

January – April 2016   Achieving Policy Impact: From Exploration to Engagement

July 2016                    UCL Advances PhD Career Development Consulting Skills

June 2017                  UCL OSD - Leadership in Action