Susan Shaheen

Susan Shaheen
Adjunct Professor
Transportation Engineering

Policy and behavioral research as it relates to the adoption of new transportation technologies and innovative services including carsharing (short-term vehicle access), bikesharing (short-term bicycle access), ridesharing, transportation network companies, and smart parking management, as well as user acceptance of alternative fuel vehicles. The sharing economy or collaborative consumption, as it relates to mobility, is a growing focus area of her work. This research involves the development of methodological approaches including survey design; innovative data collection approaches (e.g., real-time data, activity data); focus groups; expert interviews; and policy analysis.

Office Hours:

Spring Semester:

  • 2:30-3:30pm (coffee hour at Peet's Coffee, CITRIS building)
  • Tuesdays / Thursdays from 2:30-3:30pm (408 McLaughlin Hall)

Fall Semester:

  • by appointment


Susan Shaheen is a co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center
(TSRC) of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California (UC),
Berkeley. She is also an adjunct professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC
Berkeley. She was the first Honda Distinguished Scholar in Transportation at the Institute
of Transportation Studies at UC Davis from 2000 to 2012. She served as the Policy and
Behavioral Research Program Leader at California Partners for Advanced Transit and
Highways from 2003 to 2007, and as a special assistant to the Director’s Office of the
California Department of Transportation from 2001 to 2004.

She has a Ph.D. in ecology, focusing on the energy and environmental aspects of
transportation, from UC Davis and an M.S. in public policy analysis from the University
of Rochester. After completing her master’s degree, she worked as a consultant to the
U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington,
D.C. From 2000 to 2001, she was a post-doctoral researcher at UC Berkeley.
She has authored 55 journal articles, over 100 reports and proceedings articles, four book
chapters, and co-edited one book. She has also served as a guest editor for Energies and
the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation (IJST). Her research projects on
carsharing, smart parking, and older mobility have received national awards. In May
2010 and 2007, she received an “Excellence in Management” award from UC Berkeley.
She has served on the ITS World Congress program committee since 2002 and was the
chair of the Emerging and Innovative Public Transport and Technologies Committee of
the Transportation Research Board (TRB) from 2004 to 2011. She is on the editorial
board of IJST (2011 to present), a member of the National Academies’ Transit Research
Analysis Committee (2011 to present) and member of the ITS Program Advisory
Committee to the U.S. DOT Secretary, and chair of the subcommittee for Shared-Use
Vehicle Public Transport Systems of TRB (2013 to present).