Socially Just Transport Group Seminar Series · 17th October

This is the first seminar of the new academic year 2016/17. You can book your tickets here:



Caroline Mullen, University of Leeds. “Needs, Mobility Poverty and Environmental Justice”.

Caroline is Research Fellow in the Research Group Leader for Sustainable Transport Policy, University of Leeds. Her research interests are related to the implications of equality, distributive fairness and ethics of risk for sustainable transport, especially walking and cycling. She has also worked on the application of political and ethical theory to policy and planning in transport, health and environment. She will present about the relationship between mobility poverty and environmental justice, both related to difficulties for participation in everyday activities, limitation of life chances  and quality of life.

Nihan Akyelken, University of Oxford. “Gendered vulnerabilities to climate change: flooding and urban mobility in Metro Manila” 

Nihan is Departmental Lecturer in Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford. She is currently part of the core team on the Masters and Doctoral programmes in Sustainable Urban Development. Nihan’s research combines insights from economic geography, political economy and development planning. She will present the gendered lived experiences of flooding in the low-income settlements in Metro Manila by examining the disruptions caused by flooding to women’s access to work. The specific research question we seek to address is whether and how low-income women remain exposed to flooding that would limit their physical mobility and accessibility.

Nicolas Valenzuela, University of Cambridge. “The Right to the Connectivity” 

Nicolas is Ph.D. Student in Land Economy, University of Cambridge. Nicolas’ academic experience combines research and teaching in development planning, urban planning and design, sustainable transportation, and instruments of citizen participation. His interests are focused on the institutional political economy, infrastructure and operation of urban transport, public investment, metropolitan governance and development theory.

Steve Chambers, University College London. “Save our buses” 

Steve is Ph.D. part-time student at The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. Steve’s research interests are focussed on urban local governance in England, from the strategic to the hyper-local, primarily looking at planning. He is currently working on at the Campaign for Better Transport supporting Londoners campaigning for improved public transport and against unsustainable road building.


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