Steve Melia is a Senior Lecturer in Transport and Planning at the University of the West of England. His research concerns the relationship between transport and the built environment, with a particular focus on traffic removal (see www.trafficremoval.uk) and alternatives to car-based development. His book Urban Transport Without the Hot Air (UIT Cambridge, 2015) aimed to expose popular myths in transport planning and propose sustainable solutions. He has advised government departments, local authorities and political parties in the UK on different aspects of transport and planning policy. Before starting an academic career, he was a parliamentary candidate, environmental campaigner and freelance journalist.