Research relating to parking from the UK and Europe has identified large areas where further research would be beneficial, to share best practice and improve the parking profession.
The BPA has funded through its John Heasman Bursary, a project called Researching the Research. Doctoral candidate at Keele University Adam Snow was enlisted to gather existing academic research relating to parking from the UK and Europe, identifying areas where further research would be beneficial, and suggesting both short and longer term research projects to meet these needs.
Parking is such an integral part of our daily experience that it is essential to study its processes. With greater information, best practices can be identified to improve parking services and management. It is hoped that this report will lead to further investment in parking research.
Through a combination of established search engines, results emerged that Dr Snow provided a subsequent literature review on. From this he was able to provide a gap analysis; a must see for individuals involved in parking, transport and traffic management research.
From the gap analysis the BPA have selected six topics they are particularly interested in:
- Provision of seamless access
- Payment and information systems
- Impact of autonomous vehicles
- Accessibility for disabled people
- Multi-use of spaces
- The true cost of ‘free parking’ in the UK
Any individual undertaking non-commercial research that is of value to and supports the parking profession may apply for bursary funding. The research could be a dissertation, part of a course module, or a stand-alone project. Successful individuals will be allocated a mentor to provide guidance and will meet their mentor regularly to report on progress.
All recipients of a bursary award will be invited to present their findings at a significant BPA event, such as Parkex. The results will also be published in the trade journal, Parking News.
BPA Director of Policy and Public Affairs, Kelvin Reynolds says, “Research is often seen as an academic activity conducted by others – to the profession, not with the profession. However parking professionals are always looking to improve and adapt to modern demands. All of this constitutes research - whether professionals want to call it that or not. Research helps share best practice. Further research will provide parking professionals with means to develop, encourage the advancement of standards, and improve following customer needs.”
If you’re involved in parking and traffic management research and are looking for inspiration, then the Researching the Research summary is definitely not to be missed.
To read a summary report of the project findings, including the gap analysis please click here.
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Notes to Editor
The John Heasman Bursary was set up by the BPA in 2005 in recognition of the contribution that John Heasman (former President and Director General of the BPA) made to the parking sector and, in particular, to the formation of the BPA. Its express aim was to promote research and encourage professionalism in the parking sector.
For more information on the John Heasman Bursary please visit the BPA website http://www.britishparking.co.uk/John-Heasman-Bursary