Scientist, Civil Engineer, Transport Economist
University of Cambridge | University of Birmingham
Manu researches on cross-cutting themes of engineering and economics to enable the smart operation and management of transport systems. He also investigates means by which transport can aid the sustainable development of rural and urban spaces
Dr Manu Sasidharan is working as a Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge within the Institute of Manufacturing and Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction. He is also a Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham. 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 is also engaged in research and policy-development initiatives for urban and rural transport in Africa and South Asia. He has worked in collaboration with industries, SMEs, research institutes and policymakers in the UK, India and Africa for developing and embedding intelligent decision-support-systems for managing roads and railways efficiently. His research into the links between COVID-19 and transport was highlighted within the policy briefings of the World Health Organisation and United Nations Development Programme. Working with colleagues within the Rural Roads Research Group at the University of Birmingham, he setup collaboration with India’s Ministry of Rural Development to establish a Global Centre of Excellence in Rural Roads. Dr Sasidharan consults for various government and non-governmental bodies on sustainable transport and road safety. He is a recipient of the Prestige Award for Young Researcher from the World Transport Research Society, Youth Delegate to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018, Mission Delegate for UK’s Department for International Trade outward railway mission to India. Dr Sasidharan was selected as Top 40 Leaders Under 40 for furthering EU-UK-India relationships.