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Fiona Rajé graduated from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. She went on to work in aviation marketing and operations and specialized in air transport at Cranfield Institute of Technology where she did her MSc. She subsequently worked in local authority transport planning and in aviation business development at The Met Office, where she also carried out research on the links between hospital admissions and weather change. Following this, she joined the Transport Studies Unit at Oxford University and explored topics such as the demand for public transport, the impacts of road user charging on social exclusion, the safety implications of a second runway at Gatwick and transport and access to healthcare. Her ESRC/DfT/ODPM funded doctoral research looked at transport and social inclusion and was shortlisted for the ESRC Michael Young Prize for social research. Following this, she worked for the Employment Research Institute at Napier University, looking at equity and efficiency effects of congestion charging in Edinburgh, and as a senior lecturer at Newcastle Business School, delivering modules in aviation management, responsible tourism, governance of tourism and supervising undergraduate and postgraduate research. She joined University of Birmingham’s School of Civil Engineering in 2013 and worked on a variety of transport projects focused on social aspects of transport and sustainable futures. She now works at Manchester Metropolitan University on aviation and noise, while also carrying out external projects on themes such as transport interventions to address maternal mortality and air pollution in East Africa and pro bono work on patient engagement and healthcare. She is a member of Newcastle Airport’s consultative committee and the Royal College of GPs patient participation group.


  • –present
    Research Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University