Charlene Rohr

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Senior Research Leader
Cambridge Office


M.Sc. in transportation engineering, University of Alberta; B.Sc. in civil engineering, University of Alberta

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Charlene Rohr is a senior research leader at RAND Europe and codirector of RAND Europe’s Centre for Futures and Foresight Studies. She has over 25 years of experience in undertaking research to better understand factors that influence mobility and travel, using quantitative (discrete choice modelling) and qualitative (literature review, future scenarios) methods.

Rohr has been involved in developing travel demand forecasting models in the UK, Scandinavia, and Australia. She has also contributed to the design and analysis of stated preference surveys to explore consumer behaviour in the transport, health, and communication sectors. She has led a number of rapid evidence literature reviews, including for the UK Department for Transport to identify factors influencing the levelling off of car travel in Britain. Her work also explores the influence of technology on travel demand. In 2015-16 she led a study for Innovate UK to develop future scenarios for Britain for 2035 exploring the impact of emerging technologies, including autonomous vehicles, on travel. In 2017-2018 she led a study for the European Parliament to quantify the social and economic impacts of changes to the Product Liability Directive on roll-out of fully autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles. She has also undertaken policy studies to examine travel behaviour of concessionary pass holders to quantify costs and benefits of concessionary schemes and to quantify the impact of migration on transport infrastructure.

Rohr received her B.Sc. in civil engineering and her M.Sc. in transportation engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada.

Recent Projects

  • Socio-economic Analysis of the EU Common Approach on Liability Rules and Insurance Related to Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
  • Travel in Britain in 2035: Future Scenarios and their implications for technology innovation
  • Evidence review of car traffic levels in Britain: A rapid evidence assessment
  • Benefits of the Liverpool City Region Concessionary Travel Scheme for Elderly and Disabled Travellers
  • Estimating the value of mobile telephony in mobile network not-spots

Selected Publications

Lu, H., Hess, S., Daly, A. and C. Rohr, "Measuring the Impact of Alcohol Multi-Buy Promotions on Consumers’ Purchase Behaviour," Journal of Choice Modelling, 2016

Rohr, C., Ecola, L., Zmud, J., Dunkerley, F., Black, J. and E. Baker, Travel in Britain in 2035: Future scenarios and their implications for technology innovation, RAND Corporation (RR-1377), 2016

Lu, H., C. Rohr, M. Hafner and A. Knack, China Belt and Road Initiative: Measuring the impact of improving transport connectivity and international trade in the region – a proof of concept study, RAND (RR-2625), 2018

Kuhnimhof, T., Rohr, C., Ecola, L. and J. Zmud, "Automobility in Brazil, Russia, India, and China: Quo Vadis?" Transportation Research Record, 2014

Daly, A., Tsang, F. and Rohr, C., "The value of small time savings for non-business travel," Transport Economics and Policy, 2014

Rohr, C., Fox, J., Daly, A., Patruni, B., Patil, S. and F. Tsang, "Modelling long-distance travel in the UK," Transport Research Record, 2013

Daly, A., Hess, S., Patruni, B., Potoglou, D. and C. Rohr, "Using ordered attitudinal indicators in a latent variable choice model: A study of the impact of security on rail travel behavior," Transportation, 39(2), 2012

Andrew Daly and Charlene Rohr, in T. Garling et al., eds., Forecasting Demand for New Travel Alternatives, Pergamon, 1998

Recent Media Appearances

Video Interviews: BBC


  • People wearing protective face masks wait for a bus in front of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, Britain, March 19, 2020, photo by Simon Dawson/Reuters

    COVID-19: The Questions Ahead for Future Travel and Transport

    COVID-19 could have lasting effects on future travel patterns. Future scenarios, a method for visualizing different possible futures, can help inform decisions in deeply uncertain situations and can be used to think about policies that are important for people's quality of life regardless of how the future unfolds.

    Apr 15, 2020 Intelligent Transport

  • Dice with UK and EU flags, and no deal and deal on sides, Photo by Rawf8/Getty Images

    Finding the Real Will of the People

    It's not surprising that the British Parliament is struggling to find a solution to the Brexit impasse. That's because the 2016 vote revealed nothing about the sort of Brexit people actually wanted. When researchers asked Brits to choose between four options in 2017, there was no obvious winner.

    Apr 30, 2019 The New European

  • Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Dominic Raab, holds documents ahead of a meeting in Brussels, Belgium, July 19, 2018

    We Asked the British Public What Kind of Brexit They Want—and a Norway-Like Deal Is the Clear Winner

    The Brexit referendum outcome reveals very little about what people actually wanted. But a RAND Europe study of what people value about the EU finds that their priorities map most squarely onto a Norway-style model for future relations between the UK and the EU.

    Oct 11, 2018 The Conversation

  • AutoNOMOS self-driving car drives during a presentation in Zurich, Switzerland, May 12, 2015

    What If Autonomous Vehicles Actually Make Us More Dependent on Cars?

    Cities across Europe are taking steps to become increasingly car free. Mayors, supported by their officials and planners, should start leading a debate now about how self-driving vehicles can best serve the needs of residents and visitors, and help deliver wider goals for their cities.

    Jun 19, 2018 The Conversation

  • Seattle viaduct and waterfront at rush hour as commuters leave the city, Seattle, Washington, March 29, 2013

    Congestion Tolls Work in London and Stockholm—Why Not Seattle?

    Seattle is considering following in the footsteps of London, Stockholm, Singapore, and Milan to introduce a charge for driving on the city's roads. What can Seattle and its residents learn from other cities that have implemented road user charging?

    Apr 12, 2018 The Seattle Times

  • Autonomous vehicles

    Driverless Cars: The Race Is On for Policy to Catch Up

    Driverless cars could be tested on Britain’s roads by 2021. While this is likely to be great news to many, the race is now on for policymaking to catch up. Why? Because driverless cars could substantially change more than just the way people travel.

    Nov 27, 2017 The Huffington Post

  • A commuter looks at his mobile phone as he crosses London Bridge during rush hour in London, Britain September 27, 2016

    Brexit: So Tell Me What You Want, What You Really Really Want

    The 'In/Out' referendum question encouraged the view that Brexit was a binary choice. But how did people understand these two options and their implications? The results of stated preference discrete choice experiments hold the answer.

    Jul 14, 2017 E!Sharp

  • A businessman looking out at the modern London skyline

    Finding the Common Ground: Building a Brexit Around Trade and Single Market Access

    The priority for the UK government during Brexit negotiations should be access to the single market and free trade deals with countries outside the EU. This would build on the common ground felt by the majority of Britons about what they feel are the most valuable aspects of the UK's future relationship with Europe.

    Jul 14, 2017 UK in a Changing Europe

  • Double decker bus going by Big Ben and Parliament in London, UK

    Looking Out the Window to Transport in 2035

    The UK's roads, railways, and airports are some of the most congested in the world. Exploring future transport scenarios and the technologies that will drive them can help guide today's policy and investment decisions.

    Jun 27, 2016 The RAND Blog

  • Girl holding balloons

    Does Increased Social Spending Lead to Better Population Health?

    Higher levels of social spending are strongly associated with better health outcomes in many countries, with this link strengthening over time. The association also holds when looking at regional differences within the United States, where spending varies state-by-state.

    May 11, 2016 The RAND Blog