Professor Austin SmythDirector of the Centre for Sustainable Communities
The University of Hertfordshire appointed Austin Smyth as Director of its Centre for Sustainable Communities and Professor of Transport (effective 1 May 2012).
Professor Smyth has diverse experience gained through academic, consultancy and strategic management roles. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport he began his professional career as a Research Associate at the University of Newcastle's Transport & Operations Group before going on to taking up a variety of senior posts in transport consultancy and as Strategic Planning Advisor within the transport industry. He then moved on to an academic career. Appointed to the first Chair in transport in Ireland at the University of Ulster in 1989 he has also held Professorships in Edinburgh and London. During his period as Professor of Economic Aspects of Transport at Napier University, Edinburgh he was seconded to the National Institute for Transport and Logistics, Dublin, as Director General.
Austin was appointed Head of Transport Studies at the University of Westminster in 2006 and in 2010 he became a Registered Commissioner to the Infrastructure Planning Commission, recently absorbed within the Planning Inspectorate where he will be an Examining Inspector. His experience of building and leading successful multidisciplinary research teams is particularly relevant to the collaborative ethos of the Centre for Sustainable Communities as it seeks to establish itself as an internationally recognised centre of excellence in research and learning.
Professor Austin Smyth