Richard Walker

UK Department for Transport; Visiting Research Fellow
Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds, UK 2020-21
United Kingdom

Richard is a geographer and town planner with 29 years’ professional experience in transport planning.  After 10 years at consultancy Colin Buchanan and Partners, working on transport planning for many places including Oxford, London, Sydney and Shanghai, he has been in the public sector at the Greater London Authority, Strategic Rail Authority and, since 2005, as a civil servant in the UK Department for Transport.  He is a former Chair of the UK Transport Planning Society.

A specialist in transport planning policy and strategy at the national, regional and local levels, he has worked on regional economic development and transport strategy for the North of England since 2014.  In 2020 and 2021 he is on secondment to the DecarboN8 Network team at ITS Leeds, developing the concepts of a place-based approach to transport decarbonisation.