A qualified architect and town planner, he completed a doctoral thesis on transport, planning and environmental issues in 1970 at the University of Edinburgh.
Hillman co-authored a 1990 study, One False Move, which equated the reduction in child casualties on British roads in recent decades with the loss of freedom that they have experienced. He is a strong proponent of personal carbon trading (and specifically personal carbon allowances, a concept he helped develop).
He believes public policy should be more socially and environmentally conscious, and has been an animated speaker on a variety of topics, latterly action on climate change.
Hillman is a lifelong cyclist, arguing against compulsory helmet laws in 1992, and in favour of cycling's health promotion possibilities in a BMA report in 1992.
- Hillman, M, T. Fawcett and S.C. Rajan. 2007. The Suicidal Planet: How to Prevent Global Climate Catastrophe. St. Martin’s Press.
- Hillman, M. and T. Fawcett. 2004. How We Can Save the Planet, Penguin. ISBN 0-14-101692-2
- HillmanM., John Adams and John Whitelegg. 1990. One False Move. Policy Studies Institute, ISBN 0-85374-494-7
- Hillman, M. 1993. Cycle helmets: the case for and against. Policy Studies Institute.
- Hillman, M. 1992. Cycling: Towards Health and Safety. BMA, Oxford University Press.
- Mayer Hillman's website
- Policy Studies Institute page
- A chain reaction, interview in The Guardian ( November 2002 )
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