Short distance travel reduces emissions, increases social justice through the use of more universal transport modes, and increases physical activity and with it, benefits public health. But how can we create proximity dynamics? What are the most effective urban planning tools to increase demand for short-distance travel?
In recent years shared bikes, escooters and mopeds have invaded the streets of cities worldwide. These new micromobility devices are full of unexplored potential but they also pose difficult challenges to transportation managers and policymakers. My research aims at providing scientific evidence on the new modes of transport that can help integrate them better on the existing transportation system, together with assessing their true environmental sustainability, contribution to transportation justice, and to physical and mental health of users
Pokémon GO and physical activity
Back in 2016 the augmented reality game Pokémon Go became a global sensation. To this day, millions of users keep playing every day. Because playing involves actually walking and exploring urban areas, PokémonGo has the potential to increase physical activity, local awareness, socialization, and exertion. Future exergames and augmented reality games will learn from the PokémonGo experience and to this day, it remains one of the most successful ehealth and mhealth interventions ever designed
Urban mobility and travel behaviour
From active transport to micromobility and ridehailing, my research focuses on understanding the set of determinants behind travel behavior and travel rationales. Only by understanding the main factors behind daily transportation decisions will we be able to design efficient transport policy to curve demand towards sustainability.
Social and environmental sustainability in transportation
Unequal access to the transportation system means unequal access to all that the city has to offer. In order to fully profit from the city potential one has to be able to use and navigate a transportation system. When that does not happen we get transport inequality, unfairness and transport disadvantage that eventually can end up in social exclusion.
Children physical activity and park use
Neighborhood parks and urban parks can be great venues for children’s physical activity. This is the most important given the rates of childhood obesity and overweight. But to make a park attractive, just improving facilities is not enough. There is a need to understand local population needs, perceived barriers and opinions so that we can improve park design and get more children to be active in the parks.
Associations between built environment and travel behavior
Everyday travel decisions don’t happen in a vacuum. All of our short and long term decisions are mediated by the characteristics of the urban area in which we live, work and travel. Understanding how these built environment features affect our transport decision-making is key
Active mobility and health, healthy urban environments
There is a growing amount of scientific evidence on the major impacts that the transportation system is having on our physical and mental health. From air quality, noise, heat island effects, access to greenness or lack of physical activity, the impact of transport on our health is significant. In the next decade, research on this field will be key to convince policymakers to finally address some of the most prescient issues regarding the link between transport and health