DESCRIPTION OF THE LEGAL ENTITY AND ITS MAIN TASKS
TØI is a national institution for transport research and development. The main objectives of the Institute are to carry out applied research on issues connected with transport and to promote the application of research results by advising the authorities, the transport industry and the public at large. Its sphere of activity includes most of the current major issues in road, rail, sea and air transport. The Institute is also involved in international cooperation within the transport sector. Special emphasis is placed on the practical application of research results, and most of the studies and projects carried out here are commissioned. In Norway most of the clients are central government bodies and local authorities, with some commissions from the private sector. Major clients are the Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Public Roads Administration and the Research Council of Norway. The Institute is also engaged in a number of research projects for the European Commission, for public authorities in different countries and for international organisations. The Institute was set up in 1958. In 1986 the Institute became a private, independent research foundation. The Institute receives its annual base funding from the Research Council of Norway.
TØI has a multidisciplinary research environment with approximately 100 employees, of which about 85 are researchers. The Institute will normally have at least 200 research projects in progress at any one time, most of them being commissioned. Its sphere of activity includes most of the current issues in road, rail, sea and air transport, as well as urban mobility, environmental sustainability and road safety. In recent years the Institute has been engaged in more than 70 research projects under EU´s Research Framework Programmes.
TØI employs seven psychologists and 12 sociologists, together with economists, political scientists, engineers and others. One of its three research departments is focused on safety and environmental issues. Thus its researchers are well placed to understand social and psychological aspects of safety behaviour within whole transport systems. This is a key advantage as the institute will be involved in tasks which seek to support decision making by understanding and accounting for user and manager psychology and behaviour in different situations. TØI will also be involved in population modelling.
CV OF THE PERSONS
Ross Owen Phillips (PhD, Male) will be primarily responsible for conducting TØIs work on psychological aspects of safety (WP4). Phillips is Chief Research Officer for the group Safety and Organisation at TØI, and has eight years’ experience as a senior researcher at TØI. Phillips is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist of the British Psychological Society. He has researched many aspects of traffic and transport psychology.
Johanna Ludvigsen (PhD, Female) is an economist and Chief Research Officer for International Logistics at TØI. Ludvigsen has 20 years of experience on impacts of European Transport Policy on industry and business behaviours, and has studies liberalisation of the rail market and development of socially viable strategies for balancing road and rail transport. Together with Ronny Klæboe, she will be chiefly responsible for the population modelling for WP5.
Ronny Klæboe (PhD, Male), is expert on socio-environmental impacts of climate change with extreme weather on transport infrastructure, operations, business performance and resilience-enhancing properties. He has managed several multidisciplinary consortia on project cofounded by EC Framework programs and national research bodies. Kæboe was WP leader for the 7th FP project HOSANNA.