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Associate Professor Roger Behrens

Pr Pln, BA, MCRP, PhD (Cape Town)​

Email: roger.behrens@uct.ac.za​​


Roger Behrens joined the Department in 2002 as a Senior Lecturer, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2007. Previously he worked for the Urban Problems Research Unit. He is the Director of the Centre for Transport Studies (CfTS). He graduated with a Master Degree in City and Regional Planning (with distinction) from UCT in 1991 and with a PhD degree in 2002.


Research interests

  • the regulation and improvement of paratransit, and its integration with scheduled public transport services
  • the analysis of the dynamics of changing travel behaviour, and the implications this has for the management of travel demand
  • the identification of urban form preconditions for effective public transport networks
  • the analysis of the use of transport systems by pedestrians and the quality of pedestrian infrastructure and environments, and the identification of frameworks through which improvements can be made

Course teaching

  • Integrated land use-transport planning (CIV5038Z)
  • Local area transport planning, management and design (CIV5036Z)
  • Management of transport supply and demand (CIV5035Z)
  • Public transport policy and regulation (CIV5070Z)
  • Research project 2: Transport policy and planning case study (CIV5073Z)

Publications (2012-2016)

2016

  • Bartels C, Kolbe-Alexander T, Behrens R, Hendricks S and Lambert E, 2016: Can the use of Bus Rapid Transit lead to a healthier lifestyle in urban South Africa? The SUN Study, Journal of Transport and Health, Vol 3, No 2, pp200-210.
  • Behrens R, Salazar Ferro P and Golub A, 2016: International case studies of hybrid public transport system regulation and complementarity, in Behrens R, McCormick D and Mfinanga D (eds), Paratransit in African cities: Operations, regulation and reform, Routledge, New York.
  • Behrens R and Salazar Ferro P, 2016: Barriers to comprehensive paratransit replacement, in Behrens R, McCormick D and Mfinanga D (eds), Paratransit in African cities: Operations, regulation and reform, Routledge, New York.
  • Behrens R, McCormick D and Mfinanga D, 2016: An introduction to paratransit in Sub-Saharan African cities, in Behrens R, McCormick D and Mfinanga D (eds), Paratransit in African cities: Operations, regulation and reform, Routledge, New York.
  • Behrens R, McCormick D, Orero R and Ommeh M: 2017: Improving paratransit service: Lessons from inter-city matatu cooperatives in Kenya, Transport Policy, Vol 53, pp70-88.
  • Bruun E and Behrens R, 2016: Paratransit in Sub-Saharan African cities: Improving and integrating informal services, in Mulley C and Nelson J (eds), Paratransit: Shaping the flexible transport future, Emerald Group Publishing, Bingley.
  • Cooke S and Behrens R, 2016: Correlation or cause? The limitations of population density as an indicator for public transport viability in the context of a rapidly growing developing city, 14th World Conference on Transport Research, Shanghai.
  • Cooke S and Behrens R, 2016: Transforming human settlements to support viable public transport in developing cities: Results of a public transport corridor operating cost model, 52nd International Society of City and Regional Planners International Planning Congress, Durban.
  • Schalekamp H, Golub A and Behrens R, 2016: Approaches to paratransit reform, in Behrens R, McCormick D and Mfinanga D (eds), Paratransit in African cities: Operations, regulation and reform, Routledge, New York.

2015

  • Behrens R, Adjei E, Covary N, Jobanputra R, Wasswa B and Zuidgeest M, 2015: A travel behaviour change framework for the City of Cape Town, 34th Southern African Transport Conference, Pretoria.
  • Bickford G and Behrens R, 2015: What does transit-oriented development mean in a South African context? A multiple stakeholder perspective from Johannesburg, 34th Southern African Transport Conference, Pretoria.
  • Cooke S and Behrens R, 2015: Articulated density: A study of its potential effects on the financial sustainability of South African BRT corridors, 34th Southern African Transport Conference, Pretoria.
  • Del Mistro R and Behrens R, 2015: Integrating the informal with the formal: An estimation of the impacts of a shift from paratransit line-haul to feeder service provision in Cape Town, Case Studies on Transport Policy, Vol 3, No 2, pp271-277.
  • McCormick D, Orero R, Behrens R and Ommeh M, 2015: Cooperatives as a means of paratransit reform: Case studies of inter-city matatu savings and credit cooperatives in Kenya, 34th Southern African Transport Conference, Pretoria.
  • Reddy J and Behrens R, 2015: Public transport capacity provision and its sensitvity to demand estimation, 34th Southern African Transport Conference, Pretoria.
  • Salazar Ferro P, Muñoz J and Behrens R, 2015: Trunk and feeder services regulation: Lessons from South American case studies, Case Studies on Transport Policy, Vol 3, No 2, pp264-270.
  • Salazar Ferro P and Behrens R, 2015: From direct to trunk-and-feeder public transport services in the Urban South: Territorial implications, Journal of Transport and Land Use, Special issue; Spatial and land use implications of taxis, jitneys, paratransit and flexible transportation, Vol 8, No 1, pp123-136.

2014

  • Behrens R, 2014: Urban mobilities: Innovation and diffusion in public transport, in Parnell S and Oldfield S (eds), A Routledge handbook on cities of the Global South, Routledge, Oxford.
  • Bruun E and Behrens R, 2014: Paratransit in Sub-Saharan African cities: Improving and integrating ‘informal’ services, Shaping the New Future of Paratransit: An International Conference on Demand Responsive Transit, Transportation Research Board, Monterey.
  • Cooke S and Behrens R, 2014: A comparative empirical analysis of the relationship between public transport and land use characteristics, 33rd Southern African Transport Conference, Pretoria.

2013

  • Adjei E and Behrens R, 2013: The dynamics of mode-switching: Findings from a mobility biography study in Cape Town, 13th World Conference on Transport Research, Rio de Janeiro.
  • Behrens R and Jobanputra R, 2013: The impact of traffic safety and crime on travel behaviour and attitudes in Cape Town: A review of empirical evidence, in Mohan D (ed), Safety, sustainability, and future urban transport, Eicher Goodearth, Delhi.
  • Behrens R, 2013: Disability inclusion in transport studies, Disability Catalyst Africa, Series No 4: Beyond the ‘If” to ‘How’: Disability Inclusion in Higher Education, pp74-85.
  • Grey P and Behrens R, 2013: A case for smarter city growth: A strategic analysis of Cape Town’s Phase 1a BRT system and its supporting land use environment, 32nd Southern African Transport Conference, Pretoria.
  • Salazar Ferro P and Behrens R, 2013: Paratransit and formal public transport operational complementarity: Imperatives, alternatives and dilemmas, 13th World Conference on Transport Research, Rio de Janeiro.
  • Salazar Ferro P, Behrens R and Wilkinson P, 2013: Hybrid urban public transport systems in developing countries: Portents and prospects, Research in Transportation Economics, Vol 39,No 1, pp121-132.
  • Schalekamp H and Behrens R, 2013: Engaging the paratransit sector in Cape Town on public transport reform: Progress, process and risks, Research in Transportation Economics, Vol 39, No 1, pp185-190.

2012

  • Adjei E and Behrens R, 2012: The dynamics and triggers of mode use changes: Findings of a mobility biography study in Cape Town, 15th International CODATU Conference, Addis Ababa.
  • Adjei E and Behrens R, 2012: Travel behaviour change theories and experiments: A review and synthesis, 31st Southern African Transport Conference: Getting Southern Africa to Work, Pretoria.
  • Behrens R, McCormick D and Mfinanga D, 2012: An evaluation of policy approaches to upgrading and integrating paratransit in African urban public transport systems: Results of the first round of a Delphi survey, 15th International CODATU Conference, Addis Ababa.
  • Behrens R, Del Mistro R and Venter C, 2012: The pace of commuter behaviour change and implications for TDM implementation: Findings of a retrospective commuter travel survey in Cape Town, in Saleh W, Bell M and Sammer G (eds), Visions, concepts and experiences on travel demand management, Ashgate, London.
  • Muchaka P and Behrens R, 2012: Evaluation of a ‘walking bus’ demonstration project in Cape Town: Qualitative findings, implications and recommendations, 31st Southern African Transport Conference: Getting Southern Africa to Work, Pretoria.
  • Salazar Ferro P, Behrens R and Golub A, 2012: Planned and paratransit service integration through trunk and feeder arrangements: An international review, 31st Southern African Transport Conference: Getting Southern Africa to Work, Pretoria.