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, with a main focus on the emissions related to bus usage and the implications of interchange with other transport modes.
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
Researcher on the SECURE project.
Main responsabilities focus on transport modelling and calculation of related emission linked to sludge movements to reach wastewater plants.
Furthermore she is working on how to minimize and improve waste collections and processing in North East in order to increase the rate of reuse and recover of Municipal Solid Waste, using traffic simulation to optimising routing and scheduling of waste collection services through microsimulation.
She is also supporting in the creation of the Regional Transport model of the North East.
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
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 Engineer, 2007 - Ordine degli Ingegneri della Provincia di Trapani (Italian ICE equivalent)
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
- Transport issues related to Waste collection and processing
Invited lecture to deliver a seminar on the "ITS in Public Transport" as part of the MSc module "Intelligent Transport Systems", University of Palermo