Dr Fiona Rajé BA, MSc, DPhil, FRGS

Dr Fiona Rajé

Department of Civil Engineering
Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Civil Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Fiona Rajé graduated from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. She went on to work in aviation marketing and operations and specialized in air transport at Cranfield Institute of Technology where she did her MSc. She subsequently worked in local authority transport planning at Lothian Regional Council and Midlothian Council. She later worked in aviation business development at The Met Office, where she also carried out research on the links between hospital admissions and weather change. Following this, she joined the Transport Studies Unit at Oxford University and explored topics such as the demand for public transport, the impacts of road user charging on social exclusion, the safety implications of a second runway at Gatwick and transport and access to healthcare. Her ESRC/DfT/ODPM funded doctoral research looked at the impacts of transport on different social groups and was shortlisted for the ESRC Michael Young Prize for social research. Following this, she worked for the Employment Research Institute at Napier University, looking at equity and efficiency effects of congestion charging in Edinburgh,  and as a senior lecturer at Newcastle Business School, delivering modules in aviation management, e-commerce, responsible tourism, governance of travel and tourism and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate research. She joined the School of Civil Engineering in 2013 and works on a variety of transport projects focused on social aspects of transport and sustainable futures.


  • DPhil, University of Oxford, 2006
  • MSc Transport Studies, Cranfield Institute of Technology, 1993
  • BA, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica


  • EPSRC funded STEP-CHANGE (Sustainable Transport     Evidence and modelling Paradigms: Cohort Household Analysis to support New Goals in Engineering design) http://www.changing-mobilities.org.uk/
  • EPSRC & ESRC iBUILD study of value of walking and cycling infrastructure https://research.ncl.ac.uk/ibuild/
  • DfT Review of value of cycling
  • DfID Systematic review of low volume rural roads
  • Writing book on air transport in the Caribbean and Latin America (Ashgate)

Other activities

  • Mind, Voice of Mind, 2014-15
  • Newcastle Airport Consultative Committee, Member, 2010-
  • Air Transport Users Group, Civil Aviation Authority, Council Member, 2009-11
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England, Patient Liaison Group, Vice Chair, 2007-10


Books and book chapters
Rajé, F (2014) “International Air Passenger Transport”, SAGE Encyclopedia of Transportation, Thousand Oaks

Rajé, F (2014) “International Travel”, SAGE Encyclopedia of Transportation, Thousand Oaks

Rajé, F (2014) “Recreational Travel”, SAGE Encyclopedia of Transportation, Thousand Oaks

Rajé, F (2011) “Aviation and Ethnicity: An Under-investigated Area”, in Mobilities: New Perspectives on Transport and Society, Grieco, M and Urry, J. eds., Ashgate, Aldershot

Rajé, F (2007). Negotiating the transport system: User contexts, experiences and needs. Transport and Society Book Series, Ashgate, Aldershot.

Rajé, F with Grieco, M, Hine, J and Preston, J. (2004). Transport, demand management and social inclusion: the need for ethnic perspectives. Transport and Society Book Series, Ashgate, Aldershot

Selected articles, reports and blogs
Rajé, F and Saffrey, A (forthcoming) “The value of cycling”. DfT, London

Rajé, F (2014) “The value of walking and cycling infrastructure: report on literature review” iBUILD, University of Birmingham

Rajé, F (forthcoming) “Flight attendants; history and culture (from cabin boys to glamour girls, to safety providers, an historical perspective)”, SAGE Encyclopedia of Travel and Tourism, Thousand Oaks

Rajé, F (forthcoming) “Jamaica – a tourism overview”, SAGE Encyclopedia of Travel and Tourism, Thousand Oaks

Rajé, F and Tight, M (2015) “Walking and cycling - how can we deliver an infrastructure to support Dutch style growth?” iBUILD working paper no. 11 @ https://research.ncl.ac.uk/media/sites/researchwebsites/ibuild/WP11.pdf

Rajé, F (2014) “What would encourage you to walk and cycle more?” iBUILD blog @ https://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/ibuild/2014/10/08/what-would-encourage-you-to-walk-and-cycle-more-ibuild/

Rajé, F (2009) “How patients want their surgeons assessed”, ENT News UK

Rajé, F (2008) “The Caribbean City”: Book review. Society for Caribbean Studies Newsletter

Rajé, F (2007) “Using Q Methodology to develop more perceptive insights on transport and social inclusion.” Transport Policy 14 No. 6 pp.467-477

Preston, J. and Rajé, F (2007) “Accessibility, mobility and transport-related social exclusion.” Journal of Transport Geography Vol.15 151-160

Rajé, F (2007) “The lived experience of transport structure: An exploration of transport’s role in people’s lives”. Mobilities Vol. 2 No. 1 51-74  

Rajé, F (2006) “Splintering the public realm: using local public space for corporate economic gain”. World Transport Policy and Practice, Vol.13, No. 1

Rajé, F (2006) “The internet: connectivity to local people and for local people”. European Spatial Research and Policy Vol. 13 No. 1

Rajé, F (2006) “Placing the findings in a wider context”. Postscript to Hartl, K. and Jauk, D. “Gender sensitive governance in the field of transport: about focus groups with women from the street”. European Spatial Research and Policy Vol. 13 No. 1

Rajé, F (2004) “Engineering Social Exclusion? Poor transport links and severance.” Municipal Engineer, December 2004

Rajé, F and Grieco, M (2003) “The displacement parking audit: an equity tool for cities considering cordon charging." Scottish Transport Review No. 22 Autumn 2003

Rajé, F (2003) “The impact of transport on social exclusion processes with specific emphasis on road user charging." Transport Policy Vol. 10, No 3

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