Dr Manu Sasidharan
Dr Sasidharan is a Research Associate in Infrastructure Asset Management developing risk-informed approaches for managing infrastructure systems. He researches on risk-informed whole-life management of transport infrastructure while considering wider socio-technical, economic and environmental aspects. He was previously associated with the University of Birmingham as a Research Fellow in Transport Asset Management where he worked on an EPSRC Impact Acceleration project to develop a decision-support system for the risk-informed asset management of the railway infrastructure. He has also worked on various international research projects on safety, justice and governance of transport systems, and promoting transport as a means to sustainable development in urban and rural settings through data-centric approaches. He has experience in designing, developing and embedding decision support systems for transport authorities in the UK, India and Africa.
Dr Sasidharan read for PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Birmingham where he developed 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 the 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. Dr Sasidharan was selected as one of the Top 40 Leaders under 40 for furthering the EU-UK-India relationship in science and technology