Cumberland Colloquium Report

Published Date: 
Monday, 2 June 2014

With a number of innovations in vehicle technology and alterations in social and commercial practices surrounding car use beginning to enter the automotive market, there is potential for a fundamental shift in the way British society fuels, owns and drives its cars.  

This one day colloquium investigated the future of automobility in British society in the light of these potential shifts.  Attention was given to exploring the social, political and technical requirements necessary to produce an environmentally sustainable future for the automobility system. Moreover, with car use being interconnected to the lifestyles of a substantial majority of British citizens, the colloquium examined the ethical consequences of changes in automobility in terms of social equality and social justice.


Professor Jillian Anable, Centre for Transport Research, University of Aberdeen

Greg Archer, Manager of the clean vehicle programme, Transport & Environment

Professor Dame Julia King DBE FREng, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University and leader of the King Review

Professor Peter Wells, Professor of Business and Sustainability, Cardiff Business School