Transportation and Health: How will we get there?

James Woodcock, Ph.D., MSc, a senior research associate with the Centre for Diet and Activity Research at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, focuses on modeling health and sustainability, especially how to improve health in the transition to a low-carbon transportation system. He will introduce the methods and results of studies that have modeled the health impacts of shifting from driving automobiles to walking and cycling. He will also look at the science behind the models and the gaps in evidence, and lay the foundations for a model that will work globally.

James Woodcock

Woodcock developed the Integrated Transport and Health Impacts Model (ITHIM) that integrates data on air quality, physical activity and more to estimate disease-specific morbidity and mortality. The model will help cities predict the health and climate benefits of land use and planning decisions that promote active transportation, including bicycling and walking.

Woodcock has been working with GHI assistant scientist Jason Vargo, Ph.D., programmer Sam Younkin, Ph.D., and postdoctoral research fellow Maggie Grabow, Ph.D., to refine ITHIM for use in the United States.

Woodcock’s publications include, “Mortality greenhouse gas emissions, and consumer cost impacts of combined diet and physical activity scenarios: A Health Impact Assessment study,” and “The modelled impact of increases in physical activity: the effect of increased survival and reduced incidence of disease.”