Current projects

  • Mega-events, transport legacy and the redistribution of urban accessibility
  • Inequalities in access to urban opportunities and public transport networks in a splintered city
  • Using GPS data to improve spatial-temporal accuracy of accessibility analysis by public transport
  • The association between car and motorcycle ownership and obesity, hypertension, and diabetes in Brazil
  • Life expectancy gap and income inequality in Brazil
  • Commute time in Brazil, 1992-2009: differences between metropolitan areas, by income levels and gender


Doctoral Research


I'm doing my PhD at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Profs. David Banister and Tim Schwanen.

Overview
My doctoral research concentrates on questions of distributive justice and transportation equity. It focuses more specifically on the distributive aspects of how transport policies/investments shape socio-spatial inequalities in access to opportunities. The four-paper thesis is grounded on a theoretical discussion of leading contemporary philosophical theories of justice, mainly Rawls’ egalitarianism and Capability Approaches. The methodology developed in the thesis contributes to accessibility measurement in multimodal transport networks by combining GTFS and GPS-based big data. The research further develops two case studies that discuss the equity implications of the transport legacies from sports mega-events in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and analyze of who benefited from the new transport developments in the city.

I'll be giving more details of each paper as they get published - fingers crossed.
  • 1st paper: The first paper reviews five key theories of justice and critically evaluates the insights they generate when applied to transport policies. Based on a dialogue between Rawlsian egalitarianism and Capability Approaches, it proposes a justice framework to evaluate the distributive effects of transport policies focusing on accessibility as a human capability. Download the draft version here.