The network is funded by the Faculty Doctoral Initiatives scheme of The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London, which aims to support cross-faculty initiatives bringing together research students and staff across the faculty and beyond.

The Socially Just Transport Doctoral Network have been set up to promote collaboration between PhD students, researchers, members of academic staff and the wider UCL community, to present research, projects, tools and initiatives that might contribute to improve equity and quality standards in transport projects. The group seeks to stimulate the discussion and collaboration between participants.


There is a general and growing concern about the relation between transport and urban planning, as fundamental fields in urban development for the purposes of building more equitable and fairer societies. Concepts as social justice and social equity have been involved in theoretical and empirical approaches, seeking to obtain better more equitable solutions in the development of cities.

The Socially Just Transport Group will focus in:

  • Engaging doctoral students from different departments within the Bartlett, with interests in transport and social matters in cross-departmental initiatives, fostering exchange of ideas and networking.
  • Developing activities with existing transport groups at UCL or initiate collaboration with other UCL departments related to the topics of interest and potentially also other doctoral networks.
  • Promoting seminars and interchange of ideas, critical visions and methodologies aimed to solve social constraints in relation to transport effects.


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Dr Robin Hickman, The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL

Beatriz Mella Lira, The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL

Mengqiu Cao, The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL