• Behavioural Research Centre Huddersfield Business School The University of Huddersfield Queensgate Huddersfield HD1 3DH

    United Kingdom

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  • 247 Citations
  • 10 h-Index

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Personal profile


Dr Alexandros Nikitas is a Senior Lecturer in Transport for Huddersfield Business School at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He is the Deputy Director of the School’s Behavioural Research Centre and co-investigator of the University’s European Structural and Investment Funds project LCR LEP Supply Chain. He is also the course-leader of the BSc Transport and Logistics Management Programme and the lead of a flagship REF Impact Case for his School in the forthcoming REF 2021 Exercise dealing with Active Transportation in Greece. Dr Nikitas is in the Editorial Boards of the Journals Research in Transportation Business & Management and Case Studies on Transport Policy and has produced more than 70 papers and conference outputs in his career thus far. He is conducting research regarding the societal importance of sustainable mobility and autonomous, connected, shared and digitised transport. Earlier in his career Dr Nikitas was a Senior Researcher in Urban Futures and Transportation for Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden where he worked on FP7 and H2020 transport research initiatives including the 13M€ mega-project OPTICITIES. As part of this role he acted as a research advisor and associate coordinator of the Sino-Swedish programme LIP Shanghai initiated by the Swedish Mistra Urban Futures, which is a premier Swedish Centre for Urban Development. During his career Dr Nikitas has also been an invited visiting scholar for Tongji University and Chang’an University in China and EC’s Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy. Between 2011 and 2014 he served as a Local Councillor for his hometown Drama, Greece.

Dr Nikitas has an MEng in (Civil) Engineering (University of Durham, 2002), an MSc in Transport, Planning and Engineering (Edinburgh Napier University, 2006), an MA in Applied Social Research in Built Environment with Merit (UWE, 2009) and finally a PhD in the area of Transport and Society (UWE, 2010). His PhD Thesis 'Understanding the Attitudes of Older People to Road Pricing' has received two international research excellence awards by prestigious institutions of academia and practice. During September 2016 he was also acknowledged as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy after completing an in-house PGCHE course with Distinction. 

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Bike-sharing and bicycling
  • Road pricing and travel demand measures
  • Bus rapid transit
  • Older people and mobility
  • Transport and social exclusion
  • Sustainable mobilities and urban development
  • Acceptability, attitudes, social norms and pro-social value orientations in transport
  • Vehicle automation and its societal importance
  • Accident and prevention analysis for vulnerable transport users

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Research Output

Artificial Intelligence, Transport and the Smart City: Definitions and Dimensions of a New Mobility Era

Nikitas, A., Michalakopoulou, K., Tchouamou Njoya, E. & Karampatzakis, D., 1 Apr 2020, In : Sustainability. 12, 7, 19 p., 2789.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Clean energy and transport pathways for islands: A stakeholder analysis using Q method

    Kougias, I., Nikitas, A., Thiel, C. & Sándor Szabó, S., 1 Jan 2020, In : Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. 78, 16 p., 102180.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • Monitoring the first dockless bike sharing system in Greece: Understanding user perceptions, usage patterns and adoption barriers

    Bakogiannis, E., Siti, M., Tsigdinos, S., Vassi, A. & Nikitas, A., 31 Jan 2020, In : Research in Transportation Business and Management. 33, 12 p., 100432.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)


    • 6 Oral presentation

    Estimating the economy-wide impact of cost-reducing reforms in air transport: Evidence from three African countries

    Eric Tchouamou Njoya (Speaker) & Alexandros Nikitas (Contributor to Paper or Presentation)

    Aug 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Examining the Myths Around Autonomous Cars: What Does The Future Hold?

    Alexandros Nikitas (Speaker), Eric Tchouamou Njoya (Speaker) & Samir Dani (Speaker)

    13 Jul 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Modelling Sustainable Smart Islands Using Harmony Search: A Water-Energy Nexus Initiative in Greece

    Alexandros Nikitas (Speaker), Ioannis Kougias (Speaker), Sandor Szabo (Speaker) & Nicolaos Theodossiou (Speaker)

    8 Jul 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Public Attitudes to Road Pricing: Exploring the Role of Older Age, Pro-Sociality, Social Norms and Trust

    Alexandros Nikitas (Speaker), Erel Avineri (Speaker) & Graham Parkhurst (Speaker)

    10 Jan 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Road Pricing and Older People: An In-depth Study of Attitudes, Pro-Social Values and Social Norms

    Alexandros Nikitas (Speaker)

    6 Jan 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Press / Media

    To dock or not to dock? The lowdown on dockless bike-share schemes

    Alexandros Nikitas


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Backed by billions, Uber's Jump electric bikes may conquer London

    Alexandros Nikitas


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment