Manu’s research interests are in infrastructure asset management, risk management and welfare economics of roads and railways, and sustainable mobility.
Risk Informed Track (RITRAK)
The project is funded by UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) via the Impact Acceleration Account to develop a risk informed decision-making tool for the economic appraisal of railway infrastructure investment decisions. The RITRAK project represents a very significant advance for management of railway track maintenance/renewal. This has huge potential for the economic design and preventative (rather than reactive) asset management of new and existing railway track infrastructure. It would aid the decision makers to invest in the most appropriate maintenance strategies for the railway network so that the maximum return on investment can be achieved for the whole railway system. In practice, this means that the tool can be used by strategists to compare different maintenance strategies over the lifetime of the railway track using a risk informed approach and thereby identify the strategy which is most likely to provide the greatest return on the investment.
Critical role of Rural Transport in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
A joint research project in partnership with Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), and supported by UKAid -funded Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP). The project aims to promote sustainable rural access as a viable component of the implementation strategies for achieving Sustainable Development Goals and to ensure its inclusion in the high-level, multi-lateral discourse on sustainable transport and rural development. The joint-project brings in effort to raise the awareness of governments and multi-lateral agencies, in particular development banks and United Nations agencies, to understand the key role of rural transport and rural accessibility in contributing to achieving sustainable development.