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Biography

Position: Senior Lecturer in Transport, Department of Logistics, Operations, Hospitality and Marketing
Qualifications: MEng, MSc, MA, PhD, PGCHE, FHEA
 

Dr Alexandros Nikitas joined the Department of Logistics, Operations, Hospitality and Marketing in May 2015 as Lecturer in Transport and in January 2016 was promoted to a Senior Lecturer. He is delivering the key transport modules offered by the Business School and conducting research in the areas of the societal importance of urban transportation, sustainable transport policy, shared used mobility and vehicle automation. Dr Nikitas has an MEng in (Civil) Engineering (University of Durham, 2002), an MSc in Transport, Planning and Engineering (Edinburgh Napier University, 2006), an MA in Applied Social Research in Built Environment with Merit (UWE, 2009) and finally a PhD in the area of Transport and Society (UWE, 2010). His PhD Thesis 'Understanding the Attitudes of Older People to Road Pricing' has received two international research excellence awards by prestigious institutions of academia and practice. During September 2016 he was also acknowledged as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy after completing an in-house PGCHE course with Distinction. His prior post was that of a Senior Researcher (and before that Postdoc Researcher) in Urban Futures and Transportation for the Division of Design and Human Factors in Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. As part of this role he acted as a research advisor and associate coordinator of the Sino-Swedish programme LIP Shanghai initiated by the Swedish Mistra Urban Futures, which is a premier Swedish Centre for Urban Development. Dr Nikitas has been actively contributing in research bidding, project management, and consortium building for the Horizon 2020 Programme on Smart, Green and Integrated Transport and other esteemed programmes of international or national character while working in Chalmers. Dr Nikitas has served as a lecturer and as a supervisor for undergraduate and postgraduate modules and students respectively, in his academic activities in Greece, UK, Sweden and China (guest lecturer in April 2012 at Tongji University's College of Design Innovation, Shanghai). He was also elected a Local Councilor for the city of Drama, Greece with a tenure between 2011 and 2014.

Research and Scholarship

Dr Nikitas’ research portfolio includes primarily travel behaviour, attitudinal and road user experience studies in the field of transportation of people with a particular emphasis on:

  • Bike-sharing and bicycling
  • Road pricing and travel demand measures
  • Bus rapid transit
  • Older people and mobility
  • Transport and social exclusion
  • Sustainable mobilities and urban development
  • Acceptability, attitudes, social norms and pro-social value orientations in transport
  • Vehicle automation and its societal importance
  • Accident and prevention analysis for vulnerable transport users

During the past he has also been involved in research regarding design and engineering pedagogics, residential waste management, structural mechanics and setting up mechanisms for transdisciplinary international research collaboration. Therefore he is also interested in research involving interdisciplinary synergies.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2017

Xie, X., Nikitas, A. and Liu, H. (2017) ‘A Study of Fatal Pedestrian Crashes at Rural Low Volume Road Intersections in Southwest ChinaTraffic Injury Prevention . ISSN 1538-9588

Shokoohi, R. and Nikitas, A. (2017) ‘Urban Growth and Transportation in Kuala Lumpur: Can Cycling Be Incorporated into Kuala Lumpur’s Transportation System?Case Studies on Transport Policy . ISSN 2213-624X

Nikitas, A., Njoya, E. and Dani, S. (2017) ‘Examining the Myths Around Autonomous Cars: What Does the Future Hold?’. In: 4th Smart Urban Policy Futures Workshop, 13-14 July, 2017, Greenwich University, London

Kougias, I., Szabo, S., Nikitas, A. and Theodossiou, N. (2017) ‘Modeling the transition to sustainable energy using harmony search: A water-energy nexus case in Greek islands.’. In: 10th World Congress on Water Resources and Environment, 5th-9th July, 2017, Athens

Ziogas, C., Nikitas, A. and Jenkins, A. (2017) ‘Mentoring and Coaching in Transport and Logistics Higher Education: Issues and Challenges’. In: 49th Annual Universities' Transport Study Group Conference, 4th- 6th January, Dublin, Ireland

Nikitas, A (2017) ‘Is Bike-Sharing a Publicly Acceptable Investment for a Small Urban Society Aiming to Drama-tically Impact its Modal Shift?’. In: 49th Annual Universities' Transport Study Group Conference, 4th- 6th January, Dublin, Ireland

2016

Nikitas, A., Wallgren, P. and Rexfelt, O. (2016) ‘The paradox of public acceptance of bike sharing in GothenburgProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability , 169 (3), pp. 101-113. ISSN 1478-4629

Sochor, J. and Nikitas, A. (2016) ‘Vulnerable Users’ Perceptions of Transport TechnologiesProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Urban Design and Planning , 169 (3), pp. 154-162. ISSN 1755-0793

Nikitas, A., Avineri, E. and Parkhurst, G. (2016) ‘Public Attitudes to Road Pricing: Exploring the Role of Older Age, Pro-Sociality, Social Norms and Trust’. In: Transportation Research Board 95th Annual Meeting, 10th-14th January 2016, Washington DC, United States

Nikitas, A (2016) The Global Bike Sharing Boom – Why Cities Love A Cycling Scheme Available at: https://theconversation.com/the-global-bike-sharing-boom-why-cities-love-a-cycling-scheme-53895

Nikitas, A., Avineri, E. and Parkhurst, G. (2016) ‘Road Pricing and Older People: An In-depth Study of Attitudes, Pro-Social Values and Social Norms.’. In: 48th Annual Universities' Transport Study Group Conference, 6-8, January 2016, Bristol

2015

Nikitas, A (2015) Cars Are Killing Us – So How Do We Wean Ourselves Off Them? Available at: https://theconversation.com/cars-are-killing-us-so-how-do-we-wean-ourselves-off-them-47671

Nikitas, A (2015) ‘Bike-sharing and Older People: Is it Really an Oxymoron?’. In: The 2015 Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference, Special Transport Geography Research Group session in The Spaces of Maintaining Mobility: Geographies of Transport and Ageing, 1st - 4th September 2015, Exeter, UK

Rexfelt, O., Wallgren, P. and Nikitas, A. (2015) ‘Turning Interaction Design Students into Co-researchers: How We Tried This and Somewhat Failed.’. In: Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE15), Great Expectations: Design Teaching, Research & Enterprise. : Design Society. pp. 194-199. ISBN 978-1-904670-62-9

Nikitas, A. and Karlsson, M. (2015) ‘A Worldwide State-of-the-Art Analysis for Bus Rapid Transit: Looking for the Success FormulaJournal of Public Transportation , 18 (1), pp. 1-33. ISSN 1077-291X

Nikitas, A. and Nikitas, G. (2015) ‘Social Dilemmas in Vehicle Automation.’. In: The 2015 Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference, Special Transport Geography Research Group session in The Spaces of Road Transport Automation, 1st - 4th September 2015, Exeter, UK

2014

Nikitas, A., Michalakopoulos, N. and Wallgren, P. (2014) ‘Bike-Sharing: Is Safety an Issue Adversely Affecting its Potential for Being Embraced by Urban Societies?’. In: 3rd International Cycling Safety Conference, 18th - 19th November 2014, Gothenburg, Sweden

Nikitas, A. and Wallgren, P. (2014) ‘Understanding Public Attitudes to Bike-Sharing in Gothenburg’. In: Nationell Konferens i Transportforskning (3rd Swedish National Conference on Transport Research), 21st - 22nd October 2014, Norrköping, Sweden

Ordonez, I., Harder, R., Nikitas, A. and Rahe, U. (2014) ‘Waste sorting in apartments: integrating the perspective of the userJournal of Cleaner Production . ISSN 0959-6526

Nikitas, A (2014) ‘Automated Road Pricing and Toll Collection Systems’. In: Encyclopedia of Transportation: Social Science and Policy. Thousand Oaks: Sage. pp. 172-174. ISBN 9781452267791

Nikitas, A (2014) ‘Travel Pricing’. In: Encyclopedia of Transportation: Social Science and Policy. Thousand Oaks: Sage. pp. 1608-1610. ISBN 9781452267791

Nikitas, A (2014) ‘Bus Design, Accessibility and (Wheel Chair Assists, Kneeling Buses, Low Floor Buses)’. In: Encyclopedia of Transportation: Social Science and Policy. Thousand Oaks: Sage. pp. 313-315. ISBN 9781452267791

Nikitas, A., Wallgren, P. and Rahe, U. (2014) ‘Public Bicycles: How the Concept of Human-Oriented “Mobility Sharing” Technology Can Influence Travel Behaviour Norms and Reshape Design Education’. In: 16th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education "Design Education & Human Technology Relations", 4th - 5th September 2014, Enschede, The Netherlands

2013

Nikitas, A. and Rahe, U. (2013) ‘Identifying and Surpassing Contextual Barriers in Cross-Border Research Collaboration: The Case of the Sino-Swedish Project Shanghai Local Interaction Platform’. In: Nationell Konferens i Transportforskning (2nd Swedish National Conference on Transport Research), 22nd - 23rd October 2013, Gothenburg, Sweden

Nikitas, A., Rahe, U. and Karjalainen, T. (2013) ‘Encouraging Sustainable Urban Access: An Exploratory Student Approach to Design of Product Service Systems’. In: 15th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education "Growing our Future", 5th - 6th September 2013, Dublin, Ireland , pp. 786-791

Karjalainen, T., Nikitas, A. and Rahe, U. (2013) ‘Strategic Design through Brand Contextualization’. In: 5th International Congress of International Association of Societies Of Design Research, 26th - 30th August 2013, Tokyo, Japan

Nikitas, A., Rahe, U. and Karjalainen, T. (2013) ‘Innovative Bike-Sharing Design as a Research and Educational Platform for Promoting More Livable Urban Futures’. In: 5th International Congress of International Association of Societies Of Design Research, 26th - 30th August 2013, Tokyo, Japan

Nikitas, A. and Rahe, U. (2013) ‘Designing the Metropolitan Future of Shanghai: A Local Interaction Platform Looking to Incorporate Urban Access Design Considerations in Planning for a Fairer, Denser and Greener Mega-City’. In: 10th European Academy of Design Conference "Crafting the Future", 17th - 19th April 2013, Gothenburg, Sweden

2011

Nikitas, A., Avineri, E. and Parkhurst, G. (2011) ‘Older People’s Attitudes to Road Charging: Are They Distinctive and What are the Implications for Policy?Journal of Transportation Planning and Technology , 34 (1), pp. 87-108. ISSN 0308-1060

2010

Nikitas, A (2010) ‘Examining the Attitudes, Pro-Social Value Orientations and Social Norms of Older People to Road Pricing’. In: Young European Arena of Research 2010, 3rd Transport Research Arena, 7th - 10th June 2010, Brussels, Belgium

Nikitas, A (2010) ‘Examining Older People's Attitudes to Road Charging. How Special are These and What is the Lesson to be Learnt?’. In: 42nd Annual Universities' Transport Study Group Conference, 4th - 6th January 2010, Plymouth, UK

2009

Nikitas, V., Nikitas, N. and Nikitas, A. (2009) ‘Nonconservative Nature of the Stresses Developed in a Continuum.Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Materials , 19 (6), pp. 393-406. ISSN 2191-0243

Nikitas, A., Avineri, E. and Parkhurst, G. (2009) ‘How Different are the Attitudes of Older People to Road Pricing in Comparison with Those of Other Age Groups?’. In: 12th International Conference on Travel Behaviour Research, 13th - 18th December 2009, Jaipur, India

Nikitas, A., Avineri, E. and Parkhurst, G. (2009) ‘How Older People View Road Charging?’. In: The 38th Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology "Culture, Diversity and Ageing", 2nd - 4th September 2009, Bristol, UK

Nikitas, A (2009) ‘Road Pricing and Older People: Identifying Age-Specific Differences Between Older and Younger People's Attitudes, Social Norms and Pro-Social Value Orientations to Road Pricing.’. In: 2nd International Symposium on Freeway and Tollway Operations, 21st - 25th June 2009, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Nikitas, A., Avineri, E. and Parkhurst, G. (2009) ‘Do Older People Hold Different Attitudes towards Road Pricing Schemes Than Younger People Do?’. In: 41st Annual Universities' Transport Study Group Conference, 5th - 7th January 2009, London, UK

Nikitas, A., Avineri, E. and Parkhurst, G. (2009) ‘Road Pricing Schemes: Does Age Affect Attitude?PROJECT Journal of the Department of Planning and Architecture, University of the West of England , 1, pp. 40-42. ISSN 2042-7654

2008

Nikitas, A., Avineri, E. and Parkhurst, G. (2008) ‘Understanding the Attitudes of Older People to Road Pricing’. In: 37th Annual Conference of the British Society of Gerontology "Sustainable Futures in an Ageing World", 4th - 6th September 2008, Bristol, UK

Nikitas, V., Nikitas, N. and Nikitas, A. (2008) ‘Bernoulli's Transformation of the Response of an Elastic Body and Damping’. In: Proceedings of the 7th European Conference on Structural Dynamics, 7th - 9th July 2008, Southampton, UK

Esteem

Prestigious European Research Work:

  • Participation with Chalmers in bidding, consortium building and project management for the Horizon 2020 European Research Framework Programme for Smart, Green and Integrated Transport.
  • Member of the Chalmers team that worked for the FP7 Project Opticities. His duties referred to research and project management.

External Academic Visibility:

  • Executive Committee Member of the Universities' Transport Study Group (2016-2019). He has recently been appointed as the group’s Social Media Officer.
  • Reviewer of the Academic Journal ‘Transportation Research A: Policy and Practice’.
  • Reviewer of the Academic Journal ‘Sustainability’.
  • Reviewer for the book series ‘Automotive Strategy and Organization’ published by Edizioni Ca' Foscari (University of Venice Press).
  • Reviewer for the 95th and 96th Annual Transportation Research Board Conferences, Washington, D.C., USA, and the Transportation Research Record.
  • Member of the Scientific Review Committee for the 17th and 18th International Engineering and Product Design Education Conferences (E&PDE) in Loughborough, UK, September 2015 and in Aalborg, Denmark, September 2016 respectively.
  • Reviewer for the 2nd International Conference on Transport & Health, San Jose, California, USA, June 2016.

Prizes/Scholarships/Awards:

  • Swedish Taxation Relief Award for Foreign Employees: A substantial tax relief (for a three-year period) was awarded to Dr Nikitas acknowledging the fact that the work he was undertaking referred to qualified research and specialist tasks with an orientation or level of competence that would entail difficulties in recruiting within Sweden.
  • Young European Arena of Research (Finalist): A synopsis of Dr Nikitas’ PhD Thesis was selected among the eight best research studies of Young Researchers in Europe in the sector of the Societal Importance of Transport during the Transport Research Arena 2010 that took place in June 2010 in Brussels, Belgium.
  • International Student Paper Award in Transportation: 2nd International Award for the Best Student Paper Competition ($2500 Worth) that was awarded during the 2nd International Symposium on Freeway and Tollway Operations that took place in June 2009 in Honolulu of Hawaii, USA.
  • DfT and BCC Studentship: Three-Year Studentship covering Dr Nikitas’ Doctorate and Master studies in the University of the West of England from the Department for Transport (UK) and the Bristol City Council.
  • EPSRC Award: A studentship of £3,085 was awarded to Dr Nikitas from EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) for covering the tuition fees of his MSc in Transport, Planning and Engineering in Napier University in response to Dr Nikitas excellent academic performance.
  • Norton’s Prize: Prize for the Best First Year Engineering Student of St. Cuthbert’s Society (part of the University of Durham) for the academic year 1998-1999.

Impact:

  • Nikitas A. and Karlsson M. (2015). Worldwide State-of-the-Art Analysis for Bus Rapid Transit: Looking for the Success Formula. Journal of Public Transportation, 18(1), pp. 1-33 was one of the most downloaded articles of the journal for 2015.
  • Ordonez I., Harder R., Nikitas A. and Rahe, U. (2015). Waste Sorting in Apartments: Integrating the Perspective of the User. Journal of Cleaner Production, 106, pp. 669-679) was published in a summarised form in the Science for Environment Policy, Issue 433, October 2015. This is a news service published by the European Commission's Environment Directorate-General. The article featuring this research was sent out to over 19,000 policymakers, academics and business people across Europe to assist in the development of effective, evidence-based policies.

Societal Activity:

  • Local Councilor of the City of Drama elected in the election of November 2010. Dr Nikitas’ duties finished on the 31st August 2014.
  • Member of the Student European Parliament representing Drama and Greece by participating at the 1998 EU students’ meeting in the House of European Parliament in Strasbourg, France.

Research Degree Supervision

Dr Nikitas is looking forward to supervise students interested to conduct research referring to the societal importance of the transportation of people and goods. He is particularly inclined to guide students pursuing travel behaviour, attitudinal and road user experience studies in urban mobility and students engaging in interdisciplinary research that involve synergies between business, design, engineering and social sciences.

Current PhD Supervision:

I am already supervising two doctorate candidates studying the following topics:

  • ‘Understanding how mentoring and coaching frameworks impact on the student graduate employability within the Transport and Logistics educational context’ (first supervisor).
  • ‘An investigation into aspects of innovation within the pharmaceutical supply chain’ (co-supervisor).

Postgraduate research opportunities with Dr Alexandros Nikitas

2017-18

PhD

Enterprise Activities

Dr Nikitas has been involved in industry-oriented collaborations in the past with considerable success. Two prime examples of his recent enterprise activities include his work for Volvo and Jetas Quality Systems AB:

  • Dr Nikitas has collaborated with Volvo China and Volvo Trucks for producing together with a number of his colleagues in Chalmers a report for Vinnova, which is the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems. The report ‘Sino-BRT: Safe & Green Innovative Bus Rapid Transit for China’ was the deliverable of this successful academic-industrial partnership bid in response to Vinnova’s Call for Eco-Innovation between Gothenburg-Shanghai, Sweden-China.
  • Dr Nikitas has worked as part of an interdisciplinary design team that undertook a project funded by Västra Götalandregionen, (regional authority of West Gotaland, Sweden) for improving the cloud-based operation management tool Jetas. This is a system for organising and optimising maintenance and quality control services for public transport stationary facilities created by the company Jetas Quality Systems AB. Dr Nikitas authored a report named ‘VGR Project Jetas Research Study Stage A: Identifying and Organising the Client Requirements for Improving Jetas System’ as part of his work in this project.

Dr Nikitas is currently a member of the Business School’s Enterprise Development Group and is seeking collaborations with industrial partners for building KTP cases in the areas of transport and logistics.

Administrative Responsibilities

Module leader for three modules and member of the Business School’s Enterprise Development Group.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Dr Nikitas is the module leader for the undergraduate modules:

  • Transport: Challenges and Issues (Year 1)
  • Passenger Transport Management (Year 2)
  • Transport Economics and Policy (Year 4)

He is also contributing in the modules:

  • Project (Year 4)