School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Roger Bird

Senior Lecturer in Highway Engineering



BEng Civil Engineering (Liverpool University 1981)
MSc Civil (Urban) Engineering (South Bank University 1992) with Distinction
MICE - Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (1987)
CEng - Chartered Engineer - 1987


Roger Bird graduated in Civil Engineering at the University of Liverpool before working for six years for two local authorities. After becoming a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Chartered Engineer, he spent eleven years working for an international civil engineering consultancy. During that period he gained a Masters Degree in Urban (Civil) Engineering at South Bank University, graduating with Distinction and taking the annual prize. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.


Roger Bird is a Senior Lecturer whose experience and teaching can be summarised as Safety and Sustainability in Transport Infrastructure. He teaches various aspects of Highway Design, Traffic Engineering, Road Safety and Civil Engineering Design Skills. As a Chartered Engineer himself, he has a passion for helping students to become professional engineers, developing the necessary career skills.  

Roles and Responsibilities

Deputy Degree Programme Director – Civil Engineering 
Chairman of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Boards of Examiners
Senior Tutor
Member Civil Engineering Industrial Advisory Board
Course Director for the Annual Residential Course in Asphalt Materials and Flexible Pavements.

Professional and External Activities

He has held a number of posts as External Examiner for Postgraduate and Undergraduate courses in other Universities. He was a visiting lecturer at Imperial College, London for eight years.

In recent years, he has worked with the World Resources Institute delivering Road Safety training courses in Brazil and Bolivia.  

He is currently a member of the JBM (Joint Board of Moderators).


FCIHT - Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (1999)
MICE - Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (1987)

Previous Positions

Highway and Traffic Engineer - Dartford Borough Council
Project Engineer - London Borough of Bexley
Project Manager - Rendel Palmer and Tritton


Research Interests

Highway geometry, design standards, safety and consistency

Cycle behaviour and infrastructure design

Road Pavement Materials, Construction and Environmental LCA

Current Work

Use of mobile canned Lidar data for highway modelling and Road Safety research.

Consistency of forward visibility and safety on highways  

Research into cycling behaviour using GPS to determine the characteristics of cycle behaviour and journeys.

Traffic Management at highway incidents.

Future Research

Road Safety

Geometric consistency as a technique for improving undesigned roads

Speed distribution & impact on highway design

Postgraduate Supervision

A Alkaabi: Traffic Management at Incidents on Highways

I H Hashim: Safety and the consistency of geometry and speed on rural single carriageways

Y Huang: Life cycle assessment of road pavement materials

D M P Wedagama: The relationship between urban land use and non motorised transport accidents and casualties

Esteem Indicators

Invited Expert for DfT Research Project: Speed Choice and the Road Environment

Invited International Advisor to Government of Dubai on New Geometric Design Standard

Member of Scientific Committee for the Transportation Research Board Symposium on Highway Geometric Design 

Fellow of Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation

Member of Joint Board of Moderators


Undergraduate Teaching

Undergraduate teaching on highway and traffic engineering, and multidisciplinary design
CEG2401 Land Traffic and Highways
CEG3401 Design of Transport Infrastructure
CEG2001 Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 2
CEG3001 Design of Sustainable Engineering Systems 3

Postgraduate Teaching

Postgraduate teaching on transport infrastructure, traffic engineering safety and related topics 
CEG8403 Design of Transport Infrastructure
CEG8410 Road Safety
CEG8418 Transport Policy and Legislation
CEG8421 Traffic Flow and Control
CEG8426 Economic and Environmental Appraisal of Transport Activities
CEG8417 European Study Tour

Project Supervision

Research Project and Dissertation Supervision at BEng, MEng and MSc level