Dr Manu Sasidharan has joined IfM as a research associate in infrastructure asset management and will be working with CSIC to develop risk-informed approaches to managing transport infrastructures.
His research focuses on asset management, risk management, safety, justice and governance of transport systems, and sustainable mobility. Additionally, he looks at transport as a means to sustainable development; in the context of everyday mobility of rural and urban population.
He was previously associated with the University of Birmingham as a Research Fellow in Transport Asset Management. He has worked on an EPSRC Impact Acceleration project to develop a decision-support-system for appraising investments on the railways. He has also worked on various international research projects aimed at promoting transport/mobility as a viable component of the implementation strategies for achieving Sustainable Development Goals. He has experience of designing, developing and embedding decision-support-systems for road and railway authorities in the UK, India and Africa.
Manu received his PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK. His PhD adopted a system engineering approach to the whole-life management of railways, by combining engineering and econometric principles for selecting cost-effective maintenance and operational strategies. He is a recipient of the Prestige Award for Young Researchers from the World Transport Research Society.
He has consulted for UK’s Department of International Development (DFID), India’s Kerala Motor Vehicle Department and Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) on various aspects of transportation namely electric mobility, sustainable transport infrastructure, impact evaluation of transport infrastructure and service and road safety.