About Us

Bringing research and industry together for sustainable, net zero transport

Transport is the largest contributor to UK domestic greenhouse gas emissions, but it is also the engine of economic growth and a thriving society.

Climate change poses significant threats to the entire transport system, including cyber and physical infrastructure, vehicles, supply chains, and the health and livelihoods of communities.

It is imperative that we act now to adapt and decarbonise our transport system to limit further impact on the environment. It must also adapt to increase resilience to climate impacts.

To meet net zero emissions by 2050 and protect our economy, it is crucial that our transport infrastructure evolves to meet both complex challenges.

DARe – the National Hub for Decarbonised, Adaptable, and Resilient Transport Infrastructures – brings together leading UK universities, and diverse industry, government, and civic partners to find viable pathways and solutions for a transition to a resilient, net zero transport system that works for all.

Professor Sarah Sharples, Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department for Transport

Our Governance

Equitable partnerships and co-creation sit at the heart of DARe’s research and ethos.

Membership of our boards and committees is designed to provide a gender, geographical, and disciplinary balance.

DARe is organised through a governance structure that comprises the following:

  • An Independent Advisory Board (IAB)
  • A Management Board (MB)
  • A Flexible Fund Governance Committee (FFGC)

Our Values

EDI is embedded holistically throughout DARe’s approach and into everything we do, from management processes to the research itself. The DARe Hub operates as an open, inclusive environment. The diversity of our team and partners is one of our strengths, and we will endeavour to create an environment of equal opportunity where everyone is heard. Equality is entrenched throughout our governance structure, management processes, and research programme, with all partners represented in all decisions.

The governance structure of DARe is designed to ensure that our work is conducted in an ethical and responsible manner. The DARe Hub supports all of its researchers to develop RRI practices as a core capability through mentorship and training. We recognise that critical networks and services, such as transport, have a direct impact on social mobility and commercial freight, requiring that we are cognisant, open, and reflective of the complex interdependencies and relationships across social-techno-economic and environmental factors. DARe adopts a reflective RRI process based on the EPSRC AREA (Anticipate, Reflect, Engage, Act) framework, so as to promote creativity, openness and responsibility towards socially desirable outcomes within the public interest.