I’m a Geographer with special interest on active mobility and how the built environment shapes our daily travel behavior. My main line of research deals with how environmental features shape human behavior. In particular, it examines the links between the built environment and active travel and how creating walkable environment can get more people to walk or bike. Working at the intersection between the geography, transport, urban planning and public health fields, my research is focused on creating healthy and sustainable urban environments while increasing transportation justice and equal access to opportunities for all.
I am currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Previous to that I held two other postdoctoral positions, one at the Center of Geospatial Analytics, North Carolina State University (USA), and the other at the Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative at ISGlobal. I have conducted research in Spain, USA, Chile, Colombia as well as throughout the European Union (Belgium, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Sweden and Poland), using a wide range of methods and models to understand mobility and socio-spatial determinants of travel behavior. I have been an early adopter in the use of smartphone and GPS tracking technologies to obtain high-accuracy mobility data, and my research has been featured in the fields of transportation and spatial energetics, thanks to the novel pairing of GPS tracking with accelerometry and physical activity data.
My research career has been funded by winning several competitive grants such as FPI (Ministerio de Ciencia y Innovación), a postdoctoral contract funded by the Robert Wood-Johnson Foundation and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, USA), a Juan de la Cierva-Formación fellowship (Ministerio de Ciencia y Innovación) and a Marie Skłodowska-Curie -Curie fellowships (European Commission). I’m currently Principal Investigator of a European Project Marie Cure project (TUASPA) while also PI of a National R&D Plan project, and a project funded by the Ajuntament de Barcelona , together with two projects funded by the UAB and NCState University.
My leadership in the field is demonstrated by the 40 publications in JCR-Indexed high-impact journals (20 as first author) and by my role as Principal Investigator in five different projects funded by national and international institutions. I have also presented my work at 33 international conferences and acted as invited reviewer for international R&D project calls for the CONACYT (Mexico) and CONICYT (Chile).