Critical Companions Series: Sustainable Mobility in Urban Areas

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Thursday 10 December 2020
4.00 – 5.30pm

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Online (Zoom)

The Critical Companions Series celebrates innovative and rich thinking. The series aims to traverse disciplinary silos to provoke different perspectives and invite new conversations.

In the third instalment of the series, Miguel Loyola from the Institute of Transport and Logistic Studies at the Business School will discuss his research on the adoption of sustainable mobility practices in different urban areas. Focusing specifically on bicycle lanes, Miguel uses the Narrative Policy Framework (NPF) to explore the variability of bicycle lane implementation over time and space and the implications of this. In addition to the varying approaches implemented across different cities and locations, he also demonstrates how the narrative of bicycle lane implementation shifts over time as they become part of the identity of its users, and provides suggestions as to how a policy perspective can be applied to address this.


Miguel Loyola is a PhD Candidate at the Institute of Transport and Logistic Studies at the University of Sydney Business School. Miguel’s research focuses on policy transfer in the transportation field, and specifically the conditions required for “best practices” to be implemented. He is specifically looking at the cultural traits, public opinion and archival research in a cross-cultural comparative study.


Jennifer Kent is a Robinson and DECRA Fellow in the Urbanism program at the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning. Jennifer’s research interests are at the intersections between urban planning, transport and human health. She specialises in combining quantitative and qualitative data with understandings from policy science to trace the practical, cultural and political barriers to healthy cities. Key issues examined to date include parenting and private car use, the links between health and higher density living, the interpretation of health evidence into urban planning policy, the health impact of extended commute times, and cultural and structural barriers to sustainable transport use. Her findings are policy-relevant and have been incorporated into State and Federal urban planning agendas. She publishes regularly in highly ranked scholarly journals across the fields of urban planning, public health and transport and her work is widely cited within these disciplines.