• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    - Accelerating modal shift towards greener mobility and active travel.
    - Assessing the impacts of electric mobility within the net zero strategy.
    - Fostering shared mobility with a user-centric approach for future mobility.
    - Increasing travel safety for women and vulnerable users to promote inclusive and sustainable mobility.

    Personal profile


    Dr. Guilhermina Torrao is a Lecturer in Transport at the Department of Engineering Systems and Supply Chain Management at Aston University. She has excellent experience in research and teaching from working in Finland, the UK, Portugal, and the USA.

    Previously, as a Research Scientist of Transport Systems at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Dr. Torrao developed research for two EU H2020 funded projects: L3Pilot Project: Piloting Automated Driving on European Roads (https://www.l3pilot.eu/ ) and SOLUTIONSplus project (http://www.solutionsplus.eu/ ).

    Earlier, Dr. Torrao was a Research Fellow in Human Factors of Vehicle Automation at the Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds, UK. She has also been a Lecturer of Transportation Studies at the University of Bradford, UK. Her academic and research positions provided her the opportunity to work with the prestigious British automobile industry: Bentley and Jaguar Land Rover.

    Research Interests

    • Automated vehicles
    • Impact assessment
    • Intelligent Transport Systems
    • Road safety
    • Social impact and user needs
    • Sustainable and green mobility


    • Dr. Torrao has a Doctorate in transportation focusing on sustainable mobility and road safety (University of Aveiro, PT & North Carolina State University, USA).
    • MSc degree in Environmental Engineering (Clemson University, USA).
    • Chartered Engineer of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. (IMechE).
    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • Chartered Engineer of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)
    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK

    Teaching Activity

    • 2022- onwards: Understanding People, Aston University, UK
    • 2021- onwards: Impact Assessment, Aston University, UK 
    • 2021- onwards: Managing Data for Transport Projects, Aston University, UK 
    • 2021- onwards: Sustainable Transport Planning, Aston University, UK
    • 2015-2018: Advanced Process Modelling and Analysis, University of Bradford, UK
    • 2015-2016: Transport Studies, University of Bradford, UK  

    Key research projects

    • SAFER Transportation for All Women in India addresses challenges faced by female travellers and is developed under the British Council-funded Going Global Partnership between Aston University and Symbiosis Institute of Technology, Pune, India.
    • L3Pilot Project: Piloting Automated Driving on European Roads (https://www.l3pilot.eu/ ), which was the first large-scale piloting of SAE Level 3 automated driving in Europe.
    • SOLUTIONSplus project (http://www.solutionsplus.eu/ ) integrated e-mobility solutions to kick-start the transition towards low-carbon urban mobility. 
    • Project ‘SAFENV: Predicting the Trade-offs between Safety and Emissions for Road Traffic’, in a joint partnership between the University of Aveiro, Portugal, and the Institute for Transportation Research & Education, USA. 

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
    • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

    Education/Academic qualification

    FHEA, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    MSc Environmental Engineering, Pollution mitigation and remediation technologies, Clemson University

    PhD, Project ‘SAFENV: Predicting the Trade-offs between Safety and Emissions for Road Traffic’, University of Aveiro, 3810-193, Aveiro, Portugal.


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