Dr Jim Uttley

BSc, PGDip, PhD

School of Architecture

Lecturer in Architectural Science

Departmental Language Coordinator

Green Impact Leader

UG Dual Programme Coordinator (Engineering)

People, Environments and Performance research group co-leader

Jim Uttley
j.uttley@sheffield.ac.uk
+44 114 222 0326

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Dr Jim Uttley
School of Architecture
Arts Tower
Western Bank
Sheffield
S10 2TN
Profile

I have a background in Psychology and Behavioural Science and my research applies principles of behavioural research and environmental psychology to the built environment.

I completed my PhD in visual perception and lighting in 2015 before completing a 3-year postdoc in the Lighting Research Group at Sheffield. I then worked as a Research Fellow in Human Factors at the Institute for Transport Studies, Leeds, before returning to Sheffield.

One of my main interests is the influence of the built environment, particularly lighting, on active travel. I aim to support students by helping them understand how humans influence and are influenced by urban design. My previous research has examined the important visual tasks of pedestrians and how one of these tasks, obstacle detection, is influenced by lighting conditions. I have also explored how light and lighting influences the safety of road users, and the rates of walking and cycling at night.

I am an advocate of open science practices and believe strongly that transparency and scientific rigour should be cornerstones of research practice.

Qualifications
  • BSc Psychology (University of Sheffield)
  • PGDip Professional Skills (University of Sheffield)
  • PhD Lighting and visual perception (University of Sheffield)
Research interests

I am interested in behaviour within the built environment, including human factors related to transport infrastructure. I have a particular interest in how human behaviour is influenced by light and lighting.

I am also passionate about behavioural aspects of active travel, particularly how the built environment can encourage or discourage walking and cycling.

I also have a strong interest in behavioural research methodologies, including eye-tracking, psychophysics experiments and the use of virtual reality. The analysis of ‘big data’ has become an important aspect of my research. I aim to apply open research practices to my research going forward, and will advocate for these practices within any research projects I am involved in.

I have previously used large datasets about cycling and walking behaviour, and road safety, to understand the role of light and lighting in active travel.

PhD supervision areas:

  • Behaviour in the built environment
  • Light and lighting
  • Active travel within the built environment
  • Road safety
  • Behavioural research methods
  • Visual behaviour within the built environment
Publications

Journal articles

Chapters

Conference proceedings papers

  • Fotios S, Uttley J, Bohm A & Qasem H (2019) The influence of road lighting on cyclist numbers and safety. Proceedings of the 29th CIE Session (pp 68-76). Washington D.C., USA, 14 June 2019 - 22 June 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Lee YM, Madigan R, Garcia J, Tomlinson A, Solernou A, Romano R, Markkula G, Merat N & Uttley J (2019) Understanding the Messages Conveyed by Automated Vehicles. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications RIS download Bibtex download
  • Fotios S & Uttley J (2018) INFLUENCE OF AMBIENT LIGHT LEVEL ON PEDESTRIAN ACTIVITY AND ACCIDENTS ON PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS. PROCEEDINGS OF THE CONFERENCE AT THE CIE MIDTERM MEETING 2017 23 – 25 OCTOBER 2017, JEJU, REPUBLIC OF KOREA RIS download Bibtex download
  • Fotios S, Bisegna F, Mattoni B, Liachenko-Monteiro A & Uttley J (2018) FIELD SURVEYS OF REASSURANCE IN TWO EUROPEAN CITIES USING BOYCE’S DAY-DARK APPROACH. PROCEEDINGS OF THE CONFERENCE AT THE CIE MIDTERM MEETING 2017 23 – 25 OCTOBER 2017, JEJU, REPUBLIC OF KOREA RIS download Bibtex download
  • Uttley J, Unwin J, Fotios S & Hara N (2013) Identifying critical visual tasks of pedestrians after dark. 10th Biennial conference on Environmental Psychology. Magdeburg, Germany, 22 September 2013 - 25 September 2013. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Fotios S, Uttley J, Hara N & CIE (2013) CRITICAL PEDESTRIAN TASKS: USING EYE-TRACKING WITHIN A DUAL TASK PARADIGM. PROCEEDINGS OF THE CIE CENTENARY CONFERENCE TOWARDS A NEW CENTURY OF LIGHT (pp 234-240) View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Fotios S, Uttley J, Cheal C & CIE (2012) USER CONTROL AND SATISFACTION WITH DIFFERENT ILLUMINANCE RANGES. PROCEEDINGS OF CIE 2012 LIGHTING QUALITY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY (pp 185-195) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Lee YM, Uttley J, Solernou A, Giles O, Romano R, Markkula G & Merat N () Investigating Pedestrians' Crossing Behaviour During Car Deceleration Using Wireless Head Mounted Display: An Application Towards the Evaluation of eHMI of Automated Vehicles. Proceedings of the 10th International Driving Symposium on Human Factors in Driver Assessment, Training and Vehicle Design: driving assessment 2019, 24 June 2019 - 27 June 2019. RIS download Bibtex download
  • uttley J, Fotios S & cheal C () Using lighting to make pavements safer for pedestrians. Experiencing Light (pp 106-109). Eindhoven, 10 November 2014 - 11 November 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Uttley J, Fotios S & Cheal C () Pavement obstacle detection at mesopic levels: a step toward applicable context.. 28th Session of the CIE (pp 1623-1627). Manchester, 28 June 2015 - 4 July 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Fotios S, Cheal C, Uttley J, Castleton H & Qasem H () Misleading ratings of perceived safety. 28th Session of the CIE (pp 1628-1631). Manchester, 28 June 2015 - 4 July 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group

Lighting Research Group

People, Environments and Performance 

Grants

White Rose Collaboration Fund - 'Improving public health by using road lighting to encourage cycling at night' (R/156259) - £11k

Teaching interests

I enjoy teaching and am currently studying for a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, and seeking Fellowship membership of the Higher Education Academy. One of my main teaching aims is to integrate the latest research findings into the content that is taught to students. Another of my aims is to encourage more consideration of the human element amongst students of architecture and other built environment professions. It is my view that the behavioural aspects of buildings and the built environment are an important but often neglected area when it comes to training students.

I enjoy teaching research methods and believe a strong grounding in methods can stand students in good stead both within academia and outside. I believe strongly in encouraging students to consider open research practices and how they can ensure they produce reliable and replicable research.

Teaching activities
  • ARC208 - Environment & Technology - I teach environmental design within this module
  • ARC308 - Environment & Technology - I teach acoustics within this module
  • ARC6842 - Studio Design Project - I give a workshop about occupant and user behaviour
  • LSC304 - Site Planning for Housing - I give a workshop about behaviour within the built environment
  • ARC6854 - Environment & Technology in Design - I am module coordinator
  • ARC6990 - Sustainable Design Thesis Project - I am module coordinator
  • ARC6991 - Live Projects (MAAD programme) - I am module coordinator
  • White Rose DTP - I organise a 1-day workshop about open research practices
Professional activities
  • I lead the Division 4 Reportership within the CIE, DR4-54: Lighting for Cycling
  • Member of CIE Technical Committee 4-52: Road lighting for pedestrians
  • Member of Universities' Transport Study Group (UTSG)