Patrizia Franco graduated in Civil Engineering (Hydraulic) at the University of Palermo. She then undertook a MSc in Environmental Assessment, focused on the application of the EMAS and Ecolabel schemes to processes and products.
In 2011 Patrizia was awarded of the PhD in Transport, with a research focused on the development of a Decision Support System for planning sustainable public transport services. During her PhD she was a visiting postgraduate researcher at Newcastle University (TORG) for two years, where she studied the implications of the deregulation in the public transport sector. She was engaged in data collection and manipulation of data for analysis of scenarios related to public transport policy and planning.
After the PhD, she was selected for an internship at the Regional Environmental Agency (ARPA Sicilia), as Environmental consultant to promote the application of the Ecolabel Regulation in the tourism industry in Sicily.
Since 2012 she is a Research Associate in transport modelling and analysis at TORG, working within the EPSRC funded projects SECURE and 4M.
Roles and Responsibilities
In the context of the SECURE project I am liaising with stakeholders to collect data related to transport activities across the Region. I also supporting in the development of the Transport Regional model to evaluate future regional transport scenarios.
Ph.D. in Transport, awarded in April 2011, Thesis Title: “Expert Systems as a tool to support Local Public Transport planning”, University of Palermo (Italy), 2008-2010
MSc in “Environmental Assessment: the EMAS and Ecolabel schemes” with the thesis “Environmental Assessment of an olive oil mill”, University of Palermo, 2007-2008
BEng+ MEng (5 years degree, First Class Hons) in Civil Engineering (Hydraulic) with the thesis “The port of Capo d’Orlando: Design and Impact in the coastal environment”, University of Palermo
Chartered Civil Engineer since 2007 (Italian Institution of Civil Engineers– Branch of Trapani)
Honours and Awards
Award of Doctor Europaeus (2011)
MIUR PhD Fellowship (2008-2010)
MSc Fellowship (2007), funded by Region of Sicily in partnership with University of Palermo and Arpa Sicilia
Italian, English, French
- Traffic Macrosimulation and land use modelling
- Carbon emissions estimation and environmental impact assessment of transport systems
- Optimisation of public transport design and planning services
- Technologies applied to environmental protection
Invited lecture to deliver a seminar on the "ITS in Public Transport" as part of the MSc module "Intelligent Transport Systems", University of Palermo