Cities in shape: Identifying urban patterns that favour sustainable urban mobility

Lead Research Organisation: Newcastle University
Department Name: Sch of Engineering


Urban settlements have become key actors in the fight against the climate crisis. With more than 70% of population expected to live in cities by 2050, and an increasing level of emissions being generated in urban areas, the implementation of more sustainable policies has become indispensable. One of the paths that some cities have started to follow involves encouraging their citizens to use more sustainable means of transport. This involves fostering walking, cycling, and the use of public transport in daily activities such as commuting to work or school, grocery shopping or going to the gym. To achieve this, it is imperative that urban planning and urban design policies are aligned with these objectives.

My research focuses on better understanding how the way we build our cities affects accessibility to amenities by sustainable means of transport. Combining techniques and conceptualisations from different disciplines (i.e., urban morphology, geospatial analytics, urban economics, and machine learning), and exploring a selection of cities around the world, I aim at identifying what elements make places accessible and exploring whether they can be exported and adapted into other contexts. The outcomes of this project will hopefully assist decision-makers in implementing policies that improve sustainability and liveability in our cities


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/S023577/1 31/03/2019 29/09/2027
2435707 Studentship EP/S023577/1 30/09/2020 29/09/2024 Clara Peiret-Garcia