Dr Jim Uttley
Lecturer in Architectural Science
BSc Psychology, PhD, PGDip
T: 0114 222 0326
I have a background in Psychology and Behavioural Science and my research applies principles of behavioural research and environmental psychology to the built environment. 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.
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.
ARC208 Environment & Technology
ARC6990 Sustainable Design Thesis – module organiser
Departmental ethics reviewer
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 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 Interests
Behaviour in the built environment
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White Rose Consortium
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Member of CIE Technical Committee 4-52: Road lighting for pedestrians
A list of key publications can be found below. For a full list of recent publications please click here.
- Fotios S, Liachenko Monteiro A & Uttley J (2019) Evaluation of pedestrian reassurance gained by higher illuminances in residential streets using the day-dark approach. Lighting Research & Technology, 51, 557-575. View this article in WRRO
- Fotios S, Mao Y, Uttley J & Cheal C (2019) Road lighting for pedestrians: Effects of luminaire position on the detection of raised and lowered trip hazards. Lighting Research & Technology. View this article in WRRO
- Uttley J (2019) Power Analysis, Sample Size, and Assessment of Statistical Assumptions—Improving the Evidential Value of Lighting Research. LEUKOS. View this article in WRRO
- Fotios S, Uttley J & Fox S (2019) A whole-year approach showing that ambient light level influences walking and cycling. Lighting Research & Technology, 51(1), 55-64. View this article in WRRO
- Fotios S, Uttley J & Fox S (2018) Exploring the nature of visual fixations on other pedestrians. Lighting Research and Technology, 50(4), 511-521. View this article in WRRO
- Fotios S & Uttley J (2018) Illuminance required to detect a pavement obstacle of critical size. Lighting Research and Technology, 50(3), 390-404. View this article in WRRO
- Uttley & Fotios S (2017) Using the daylight savings clock change to show ambient light conditions significantly influence active travel. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 53, 1-10. View this article in WRRO
- Uttley J, Fotios S & Cheal C (2017) Effect of illuminance and spectrum on peripheral obstacle detection by pedestrians. Lighting Research & Technology, 49(2), 211-227. View this article in WRRO
- Fotios S, uttley J & cheal C (2016) Maintaining foveal fixation during a peripheral detection task. Lighting Research & Technology, 48(7), 898-909. View this article in WRRO
- Uttley J & Lovelace R (2016) Cycling promotion schemes and long-term behavioural change: A case study from the University of Sheffield. Case Studies on Transport Policy, 4(2), 133-142. View this article in WRRO
- Fotios S, Yang B & Uttley J (2015) Observing other pedestrians: Investigating the typical distance and duration of fixation. Lighting Research & Technology, 47(5), 548-564. View this article in WRRO
- Fotios S, Uttley J & Yang B (2015) Using eye-tracking to identify pedestrians’ critical visual tasks. Part 2. Fixation on pedestrians. Lighting Research & Technology, 47(2), 149-160. View this article in WRRO
- Fotios S, Uttley J, Cheal C & Hara N (2015) Using eye-tracking to identify pedestrians’ critical visual tasks, Part 1. Dual task approach. Lighting Research & Technology, 47(2), 133-148. View this article in WRRO
- Uttley J, Fotios S & Cheal C (2013) Satisfaction and illuminances set with user-controlled lighting. Architectural Science Review, 56(4), 306-314.
- Yao Q, Wang H, Uttley J & Zhuang X () Illuminance Reconstruction of Road Lighting in Urban Areas for Efficient and Healthy Lighting Performance Evaluation. Applied Sciences, 8(9), 1646-1646.