Transport Justice, Equity & Inequalities in Access to Opportunities

by Rafael H. M. Pereira, DPhil

Date: Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021 | 16:00-17:00 CET

Abstract: One of the core aims of transportation policies is to facilitate people’s access to employment, health and education opportunities as well as cultural and leisure activities. A critical reflection on who benefits from transport policies thus becomes paramount for advancing more inclusive cities and mobility systems. In this presentation Rafael will present an overview of key ideas on justice and equity in transport studies, and share some recent findings from his recent research. This will cover recent developments from the Access to Opportunities Project ( and studies looking at mobility and health inequalities related to COVID-19.

Speaker Biography: Rafael is the head of data science at the Department of Urban, Regional and Environmental studies at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea), Brazil. His research focuses on the role of urban and transport policies in the spatial organization of cities and access to opportunities, as well as their distributional impacts on social and health inequalities. Rafael has a background in sociology and demography, and recently obtained his PhD in Geography from the Transport Studies Unit (TSU) at Oxford University. In 2019, his work received the award for best PhD thesis in transportation by the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and the Young Researcher of the Year Award by the International Transport Forum (ITF/OECD).

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