Dr Chloe Robbins

BSc, MSc, PhD

School of Architecture

Research Associate in Architecture

+44 114 222 0319

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Dr Chloe Robbins
School of Architecture
Arts Tower
Western Bank
S10 2TN

I am Research Associate in the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield. I joined the school in March 2019, after spending the previous 7 years at the University of Nottingham. At Nottingham, I completed a BSc in Psychology, and a 1+3 ESRC funded MSc (Psychology Research Methods) and PhD. My PhD focused broadly on the psychology of road user behaviour, specifically exploring the causes of motorcycle crashes that occur at junctions.

I am currently working on an interdisciplinary EPSRC funded project, lead by Professor Steve Fotios, exploring how lighting can be optimised on the road to enhance drivers’ ability to detect hazards. The project considers elements of driver attention and distraction, as well as the use of active visibility aids.

Research interests

My main area of research application is the psychology of road user behaviour. My general theoretical interests include attention, perception and memory in these contexts.

I am particularly interested in the safety of vulnerable road users including motorcyclists, pedal cyclists and pedestrians. I also have a keen interest in driver distraction, exploring how drivers distribute their attention towards the primary task of driving and secondary tasks. More recently, I have used large road traffic collision datasets to understand the role of light and lighting in crash risk.

I have an interest in behavioural research methodologies including eye tracking, psychophysics and the use of driving simulation. I have conducted many driving experiments in simulators which differ in fidelity and on the road.


Journal articles

Research group

Lighting Research Group

  • ESRC 1+3 funded MSc Psychology Research Methods, and PhD (University of Nottingham, 2015-2019)
  • Graduate Travel Prize- Funding to attend the International Conference of Applied Psychology (University of Nottingham, 2018).
  • The University of Nottingham Advantage Award (2015)
  • BPS funded internship (University of Nottingham, School of Psychology, 2013)
Professional activities

Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy