Simon Gunn is Professor of Urban History at the University of Leicester, UK and co-editor of the journal Urban History. He has published major articles on automobility in post-1945 Britain in Twentieth Century British History (2011), Social History (2013) and Historical Journal (2017) and wrote the foreword to the reprint of the classic 1963 report, Colin Buchanan, Traffic in Towns 2015). An authority on the history of planning in modern industrial cities, Gunn is also co-editor of the Advances in Urban History series.
Susan C. Townsend is Associate Professor of Japanese History at the University of Nottingham, UK. She has published widely on the history of modern Japan, including an article on car ownership in the era of high growth, 1955-1973 in Business History (2013), a chapter on the industrial metropolis in Japan and Britain in the 1910s (2014) and the monograph Miki Kiyoshi 1897-1945: Japan's Itinerant Philosopher (2009). Townsend is the Principal Investigator on the Leverhulme project, Motor Cities, on which Gunn is the Co-Investigator.