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Dr. Bhuvanachithra Chidambaram

Dr. Bhuvanachithra Chidambaram Photo of Dr. Bhuvanachithra Chidambaram

(+49)231 755-4167

(+49)231 755-2269

Consultation hours
On appointment



Campus Address
Campus Süd

Room 407


Research interests

  • Travel behaviour, traffic policy, urban mobility
  • Traffic planning and management, Road planning
  • Vehicle emission reduction estimation
  • Empirical method: Experimental design

Employment History and Education

Since 11/2017 Research Associate at the  Department of Transport Planning, Faculty of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund, Germany
01/2017-06/2017 Degree -CARD/1 Spezialist in Project‚‘ Survey, Digital Terrain Model and Road Plan with CARD/1’, PROFILE Bildungsgesellschaft mbH, Chemnitz, Germany
06/2015 Doctoral Degree in Resource Economics at Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
02/2010-06/2015 DAAD Doctoral Research Scholar, engaged in BMBF Project ‘Climate and Energy in a Complex Transition Process towards Sustainable Hyderabad‘ in Division of Resource Economics, Faculty of Life Sciences, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany
09/2014-02/2015 Research Associate at TU Dresden, Germany
01/2011-03/2011 Guest Lecturer at the Department of School of Planning and Architecture,  Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, Hyderabad, India
02/2009-06/2009 Lecturer in Civil Engineering at  St.Joseph Engineering College, Chennai, India
07/2008-03/2009 Deputy Manager, Infrastructure and Transport Planning, Reliance SEZ Limited, New Delhi, India
08/2006-06/2008 Master of Engineering, Urban Engineering, College of Engineering  Guindy, Anna University, Chennai, India
05/2006-07/2006 Geotechnical Engineer, Geo Foundations & Structures Private Limited, Chennai, India
05/2002-04/2006 Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering, Dr.MGR Research Institute (aff. Anna University), Chennai, India


  • Chidambaram, B. Scheiner,J. 2020. Understanding relative commuting within dual-earner couples in Germany. Transp. Res. Part A Policy Pract. 134, pp. 113–129. DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2020.02.006

  • Chidambaram, B., Scheiner, J., 2019. Understanding commuting behavior between partners. Transp. Res. Procedia 41, pp. 376–379. DOI: 10.1016/j.trpro.2019.09.061

  • Chidambaram, B., 2016. Vehicle Emission Reduction: An Experimental Approach for Analysing Sustainable Traffic Strategies. Shaker Verlag, Aachen. ISBN: 978-3844040647

  • Chidambaram, B., Janssen, M.A., Rommel, J., Zikos, D., 2014. Commuters’ mode choice as a coordination problem: A framed field experiment on traffic policy in Hyderabad, India. Transp. Res. Part A Policy Pract. 65. DOI: 10.1016/j.tra.2014.03.014

  • Chidambaram, B., Zikos, D., 2012. Congestion Mitigation Measure in Hyderabad – A Midnight Summer Dream ? South Asia Chron. 2, pp. 58–92. DOI: 10.18452/17963

  • Chidambaram, B., 2011. A comprehensive integrated framework linking vehicle emissions and traffic simulation complemented with social- institutional analysis. Int. J. Energy Environ. 5, pp. 733–743.

  • Chidambaram, B., 2010. Sustainable Traffic Solutions Based on Institutional Analysis of the Vehicle Emission Model, in: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (Ed.): ”Future Megacities in Balance”,Young Researchers’ Symposium. Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst DAAD), Bonn, Essen, Germany, pp. 221–225.

Conference Proceedings

  • Chidambaram, B.  Scheiner, J., 2019. Work trip mode choice of men and women in Germany including partner interactions, “By Bike. By Car. By Bus—Women Commuting” - 6th International Conference on Women’s Issues in Transportation. Transportation Research Board,September 10-13. Irvine, CA, USA. Link

  • Chidambaram, B Scheiner, J., 2019. Understanding relative commuting within dual-earner couples in Germany, in: Presentation at ’51st Annual UTSG Conference, University of Leeds. July 8-10. Leeds, UK. Link

  • Chidambaram, B Scheiner, J.,  2018. Understanding commuting behaviour between partners’, Urban Mobility- Shaping the Future Together. Mobil.TUM 2018, Technical University Munich, June 13-14,. Munich, Germany. Link

  • Chidambaram, B., Zikos, D., 2011. Embedding a Model in Urban Commons: Transportation Game in a Megacity Setting, in: International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) September 14-17. Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

  • Chidambaram, B., Zikos, D., 2011. Development of a comprehensive integrated framework based on on-road vehicle emission estimation in Hyderabad, India, in: Recent Researches in Mechanics - Proc. of the 2nd Int. Conf. WSEAS, July 14-16.

  • Chidambaram, B., 2010. Sustainable Transport Solutions on the basis of Vehicle Emission Simulation Model, in: Presentation at the DAAD Young Researchers’ Symposium, Essen. DAAD, Essen, Germany.

  • Chidambaram, B., Rajiah, M., 2008. Pavement Maintenance Management for Indian Conditions - A Case Study, in: International Conference on Civil Engineering (ICCE’ 08). University Malaysia Pahang, Pahang, Malaysia.

Workshops (organised)

  • Chidambaram, B., Chang, N., 2017. Citizen engagement in Traffic measures. Alumniportal Deutschland-Hands on Project, Berlin, Germany

  • Chidambaram, B., Prasad, C., 2016. Issues, challenges and opportunities for transport mobility and management, in: Mobility Management - IGSTC Symposium on Smart Cities: Challenges & Opportunities, April 27-29. Berlin, Germany.

  • Janssen, M., Chidambaram, B., Zikos, D., 2012. Working Group on Field Experiments in Resource Economics, in: Methodical Workshop on Economic Experiments, Humboldt Universität Berlin, April 20-30. Berlin, Germany.

  • Chidambaram, B., Zikos, D., 2011. Governance, Institutions and the Political dimensions of Conflicts over Resource Management, Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, Hyderabad.

  • Schäfer, T., Reith, J., Chidambaram, B., 2011. Concepts, methods and tool for sustainable transport planning, in: Workshop ’Sustainable Hyderabad Project’- National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India and PTV AG, Germany, February 20-28. Warangal.

  • Chidambaram, B., 2010. Sustainable Transport Solutions-Perspectives and Prospects for Indian Megacities of Tomorrow, Foreign Researchers Forum- Networking Opportunities. Berlin, Germany.

Other publications

  • Chidambaram, B., 2020. Quality of Life and Daily Travel, by Margareta Friman, Dick Ettema, Lars E. Olsson. (Eds.). 2018. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG. ISBN. 978-3-319-76622-5. J. Transp. Geogr. 83, 102669. (Book review) DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2020.102669

  • Chidambaram, B., 2014. Small economic incentives don’t encourage public transport. Deccan Chronicle.(Magazine article)

  • Chidambaram, B., 2013. Infrastructure - The Social Value of Shared Resources, by Frischmann, B.M. (2012). Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press. Int. J. Commons 7, 230–231. (Book review) DOI: 10.18352/ijc.386