John Whitelegg

John Whitelegg is a Visiting Professor in the School of the Built Environment at Liverpool John Moores University (UK).  In addition to a PhD in geography he has a law degree (LLB). In recent years he has held professorial appointments at Lancaster University (Geography), Roskilde University (Transport), Essen University (Geography) and York University (Sustainable Development).

He is the editor of the journal, World Transport Policy and Practice (now in its 23rd year of publication), a member of the International Advisory Board of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy and the Environment (Germany) and a member of the Advisory Board of the Chandradeep Solar Research Institute (CDSRI) in Kolkata (India).

He has worked on sustainable transport projects in India, China, Australia, Germany, Sweden and Slovenia and on the same subjects with the European Parliament and European Commission.  He is the technical author of the world’s first technical standard on reducing demand for private motorised transport and published by the British Standards Institution. He is a member of the World Health Organisation expert group on physical activity which has produced a global strategy for improving health (reducing non-communicable diseases such as cardio-vascular disease, diabetes and obesity) that gives strong support to walking, cycling, spatial planning and urban design.

John has written 12 books.  His most recent book is “Mobility: A new urban design and transport planning philosophy for a sustainable future”.  In this book he strongly advocates a “joined-up” approach to achieving 3 zeroes, all of which need the same set of measures and interventions:

  • Zero carbon
  • Zero death and injury in the road traffic environment
  • Zero air pollution