Award: G-PaTRA Green Passenger Transport in Rural Areas

Prof David Gray and Prof Richard Laing are leading G-PaTRA, funded through EU Interreg North Sea Region, with a value of €1.8m over 4 years.

The main partners in the project are:

  • University of Groningen (Netherlands)
  • Aalborg University (Denmark)
  • Office for Regional Development Leine and Weser (Germany)
  • HITRANS (Scotland)
  • Aberdeenshire Council (Scotland)
  • Province of Drenthe (Netherlands), Groningen Province (Netherlands)
  • East Sweden Energy Authority (Sweden)
  • National Wind Energy Centre (Norway)
  • Møre and Romsdal County Council (Norway)
  • Urban Foresight (England)
  • Taxistop (Belgium)

G-PaTRA will promote green transport and mobility by enhancing the capacity of authorities to reduce CO2 from personal transport in remote, rural and island areas. It will embed more zero emission vehicles in rural transport systems and improve available passenger transport resources.

The project will demonstrate the technical innovations required, and the institutional, operational, social innovation changes needed to do this,  and then transfer these new techniques to a wider range of North Sea Regions (NSR). By better understanding the legal, regulatory and funding regimes in partner countries, the project will also ensure that innovation is transferable between jurisdictions..

This project is important because:

  • Rural public transport is high carbon, subsidy intensive and struggles to provide an alternative to the car.
  • Urban transport carbon reduction strategies are rarely transferable to rural areas
  • The project results will increase the capacity of transport authorities to reduce CO2 from rural transport and demonstrate that a minimum 10% CO2 reduction can be generated from innovative transport interventions in remote, rural and island areas with the same or better mobility for the residents in question.



Online Archive – Northern Ireland

The Library at Queen’s University Belfast has been developing an online archive, known as the Northern Ireland Official Publications Archive (NIOPA)

NIOPA is fully searchable with browsing and full text functionality and, as a digital archive of Northern Ireland official publications, makes documents available to support the research community, government departments and the wider public.

Contact with any enquiries.

OpenAIR@RGU – monthly update (no.9 – September 2017)


Welcome to the ninth monthly update on OpenAIR@RGU – RGU’s open access institutional repository. Please direct any queries to the team at


The repository currently contains 2,353 records. Some examples of recent additions to the repository include the following outputs:

Additionally, we have recently added the following new project collections:

Each School currently has the following number of records on OpenAIR (research data is in a separate diagram):




This month, there have been a total of 5,094 downloads from OpenAIR. The most downloaded items include:


  • = TOURISH, D. and HARGIE, O. 2004. Communication audits: building world class communication systems. In OLIVER, S. (ed.) Handbook of Corporate Communication and Public Relations: Pure and Applied. London: Routledge, pages 131-144. (77 downloads)
  • = ROYLE, J. and LAING, A. 2014. The digital marketing skills gap: developing a digital marketer model for the communication industries. International Journal of Information Management [online], 34(2), pages 65-73. Available from: (68 downloads)


The most downloaded theses this month include:

  • = SSENDI, L.B. 2013. Entrepreneurship Activities in Rural Tanzania: Understanding Women’s Micro Business. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (131 downloads)
  • = CLEVERLEY, P.H. 2017. Re-examining and re-conceptualising enterprise search and discovery capability: towards a model for the factors and generative mechanisms for search task outcomes. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (62 downloads)
  • = BRYANT, M. 2013. The nature and processes of internationalisation at a French Grande Ecole de Management. Robert Gordon University, PhD thesis. (46 downloads)

The above data were correct at the time of writing (27.09.2017).

Webinars – using data

UK Data Service Core Webinars, October – December 2017.

To help you get the most from the UK Data Service we run a series of webinars which introduce different aspects of the service and explain our key datasets. Join us for:

We provide the UK’s largest collection of social, economic and population data resources suitable for research and teaching. To help you navigate the data that we hold we run introductory webinars on key data, which focus on our most popular datasets:

All of the webinars run from 15.00—16.00 and are free to attend.

Crime Surveys User Conference 2017

Call for papers: Crime Surveys User Conference 2017.

Submissions are now open for the Crime Surveys User Conference 2017. The annual Crime Surveys User Conference, organised by the UK Data Service, will be held on Friday 8 December. The event is free to attend and will be held at the Royal Statistical Society in London. The programme will contain a mixture of presentations from data producers, including the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and researchers who use crime-related data. We would like to invite offers of presentations based on analysis of the UK crime surveys, such as the Crime Survey for England and Wales, the Commercial Victimisation Survey, and the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey. Presenters will have approximately 20 minutes for their talk followed by 10 minutes for questions. Please send offers of a paper, including a 200-word abstract, to by Monday 25 September. We will evaluate all abstracts and notify authors after the selection process. A detailed programme of presentations will be provided prior to the conference. See details of previous user conferences: Crime Surveys User Conference 2016 and Crime Surveys User Conference 2015.

Follow the event on Twitter: #UKDSCrime17