Julio will present “Can mass public transport win the political battle against the private car? Some insights from Barranquilla, Colombia”. He is Professor of Urban Policy and International Development, and Director of the Development Planning Unit, UCL. A civil engineer and urban development planner, he has over 25 years’ international experience in research and consultancy projects in 15 countries in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. His research focuses on the role of local government in progressive social and political transformation in developing countries; the governance dimensions of urban and peri-urban infrastructure (transport, and water & sanitation); the intersection between planning and urban informality; and linkages between rapid urbanisation and health.