Title: Ms
First Name: Caroline
Surname: Hood
Position: Lecturer in Sociology
Telephone: +44 (0) 1224 263724

Caroline Hood is a Lecturer in Sociology in the School of Applied Social Studies.  She is currently finishing her PhD at Robert Gordon University, focusing on the organisational, practical and social impediments to the successful implementation of cycling-specific policies by Scottish local authorities. More broadly, she is interested in wider themes in mobilities research and transportation, humans and the environment, and the stigma experienced by vulnerable groups throughout society.

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Duties and Responsibilities

Module Co-ordinator for SS3036 Environment & Society;

Teaches on SS3052 Social Work Practice & Research Methods

Academic Background

LLB (Hons), University of Aberdeen

Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, University of Aberdeen

MSc Information & Library Studies, Robert Gordon University

Research Interests

  • Cycling policy and societal attitudes to cycling
  • Road safety with particular reference to vulnerable road users
  • Sustainable urban mobility
  • The stigmatisation and marginalisation of vulnerable groups in society 

Current Research

  • EU Horizon 2020 Project ‘CIVITAS PORTIS’ (project ID 690713)
  • Motorcycle Safety Strategies in North East Scotland 


Transport Scotland: Motorcycle Safety Strategies in North East Scotland (PI: Caroline Hood; Co-I: Aberdeenshire Council) (£6969)

External / Professional Roles

Caroline is Vice-Chair of Grampian Cycle Partnership ( and sits on both the Road Safety North East Scotland Lead Officers’ Group and the Transport and Public Health Subgroup for the region’s Health and Transport Action Plan


Peer reviewed

HOOD, C., and REID, P., 2018. Social media as a vehicle for user engagement with local history: a case study in the North East of Scotland. Journal of Documentation, 74(4), pp. 741-762. 

MARCELLA, R., et al., 2018. The effects of the research excellence framework research impact agenda on early- and mid-career researchers in library and information science. Journal of Information Science, 44(5), pp. 608-618.

Non-peer reviewed

HOOD, C., and LAING, R., 2020. Managing demand in the North East. [online]. Aberdeen: Robert Gordon University/Nestrans 2040. Available from:

HOOD, C., et al., 2019. Sustainable road freight in port cities: Aberdeen and CIVITAS PORTIS. Presented at the 2019 Scottish Transport Applications Research Conference (2019 STAR) [online], 22 May 2019, Glasgow, UK. Available from:

HOOD, C., et al, 2018. The application of major road infrastructure to support and drive sustainable urban mobility. To be presented at the 1st International New Horizons in Green Civil Engineering Conference 2018 (NHICE-01), 25-27 April 2018, Victoria, Canada.

REID, P.H., and Hood, C., 2016. Every child a library member: an evaluative review. Glasgow: Scottish Library and Information Council.