Charlene Rohr

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. Her research interest is in understanding factors that influence mobility and travel choices, using choice modelling and qualitative 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 more broadly in the transport, health and communication sectors. She has led a number of rapid evidence reviews, including one 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.

Currently she is leading 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, which includes undertaking interviews with key stakeholders (automobile manufacturers, insurers, policy-makers) and quantifying societal costs and benefits of different legislative scenarios. She has undertaken policy studies to examine travel behaviour of concessionary pass holders and 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

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

Rohr, C., Trinkner, U., Lawrence, A., Kim, C.W., Potoglou, D. and R. Sheldon "Measuring consumer preferences for postal services," in Crew M and Kleindofer P, Reforming the Postal Sector in the Face of Electronic Competition, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., 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, 2012

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


  • 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