Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Senior Research Investigator







Ms Maya Mistry +44 (0)20 7594 6100




Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Professor Michael Bell is Professor of Transport Operations in the Centre for Transport Studies at Imperial College London.

Having graduated in 1975 from Cambridge University with a BA in Economics, he obtained an MSc in Transport Planning in 1976 and a PhD in 1981, both from Leeds University. Between 1979 and 1982 he worked as a Research Associate at University College London, before moving to the Institut für Verkehrswesen at the Technical University of Karlsruhe as an Alexander von Humboldt post-doctoral Research Fellow. 

He returned to the UK in 1984 to a New Blood lectureship at the University of Newcastle. In 1992 he became the Deputy Director of the Transport Operations Research Group (TORG), becoming its Director in 1996.  He was promoted to a Personal Readership in 1994 and to a Personal Chair in 1996. In January 2002, he moved to Imperial College London.

His research and teaching interests have spanned travel demand forecasting, network modelling, traffic engineering and control, transport telematics, and logistics. Recent projects cover multi-objective traffic signal control (for the Department for Transport), road network monitoring (a European Union project), a Swiss national traffic model (for ETH, Zurich), impact of congestion charging in London (for John Lewis Partnership, Transport for London), robust and adaptive navigation for road vehicle (for BMW), congested transit assignment (for Department of Transport), and door-to-door transport for elderly and disabled people (Transport for London).


Full details on research activities are available here:



Bell MGH, Wang Z, Cheung K-F, et al., 2023, A system dynamics analysis of the trans-Pacific trade lane during the pandemic, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Vol:176, ISSN:0965-8564, Pages:103802-103802

Zhu S, Bell MGH, Schulz V, et al., 2023, Co-modality in city logistics: Sounds good, but how?, Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, Vol:168, ISSN:0965-8564, Pages:103578-103578

Ensafian H, Zare Andaryan A, Bell MGH, et al., 2023, Cost-optimal deployment of autonomous mobile lockers co-operating with couriers for simultaneous pickup and delivery operations, Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, Vol:146, ISSN:0968-090X, Pages:103958-103958

Chow AHF, Kuo Y-H, Angeloudis P, et al., 2022, Dynamic modelling and optimisation of transportation systems in the connected era, Transportmetrica B-transport Dynamics, Vol:10, ISSN:2168-0566, Pages:801-802

Wang M, Zhang C, Bell MGH, et al., 2022, A branch-and-price algorithm for location-routing problems with pick-up stations in the last-mile distribution system, European Journal of Operational Research, Vol:303, ISSN:0377-2217, Pages:1258-1276

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