Research Projects within the Walking as a Mode of Transport program (Walking)

Since its inception in 2022, the Walking program has initiated 20 exploratory research projects involving +100 researchers and numerous Ph.D. candidates at multiple universities across the globe.

Ongoing Exploratory projects, implemented 2023:

Measuring Walkability: A Comprehensive Index for Enhancing Pedestrian-Friendly Environments in Latin American Cities

  • Project Leader: Ana Margarita
  • Larranaga Uriarte Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, School of Engineering, Laboratory of Transport Systems, (LASTRAN), Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Crime, perceived insecurity and the walking behaviours of older people: a comparative study in Chile and Mexico

  • Project Leader: Giovanni Vecchio
  • Instituto de Estudios Urbanos y Territoriales, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile.

Walking to School in Latin America

  • Project leader:Alexandra Krstikj
  • School of Architecture, Art and Design, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey State of Mexico, Mexico.

Exploring the Personal Burden and Value of Pedestrian Experiences of Women from Low Income Backgrounds in Nairobi and Dar–Salaam

  • Project leader: Violet Wavire
  • Kenyatta University, School of Education, Nairobi, Kenya.

From accessibility measures to the understanding of walkability

  • Project Leader: Juan Pablo Ospina Zapata
  • School of Applied Sciences and Engineering, Universidad EAFIT, Colombia.

Walking across borders: exploring challenges to walkability in the Global South

  • Project Leader: Joseph Ferreira
  • Dept of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA.

Inequality in Walking the 24 hour city: temporality, intersectionality and the embodied experience in Dar es Salaam, Tshwane and Cardiff

  • Project Leader: Margot Rubins
  • Spatial Planning, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University, UK

Work-walks and walkscapes: Women domestic workers’ lived experiences and contexts of mobility in Lima and Mumbai

  • Project Leader: Burte Himanshu
  • Centre for Urban Science and Engineering (CUSE), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-B) Powai, Mumbai, India.

Long-distance walking: a wildcard of mobility futures?

  • Project leader: Farzaneh Bahrami
  • Urban Design and Mobility, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, Netherlands.

Walking and Freight Delivery Operations. Contrasting Space-Sharing Conflicts in Two Cities Within the Global South and North

  • Project Leader: Catherine Waithera Gateri
  • Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya.

Using a Peer Research Methodology to Investigate Children’s Mobility Challenges in Secondary Cities in Ghana and Liberia: A Comparative Study of Cape Coast and Ganta

  • Project Leader: Jack Jenkins
  • Dept of Anthropology, Durham University, South Road, Durham, UK.

Investigating young men’s experiences of walking in secondary cities: A comparative study of walking in South Africa and the United Kingdom

  • Project Leader: Gina Porter
  • Dept of Anthropology, Durham University, South Road, Durham, UK.

Ongoing Exploratory projects, implemented 2022:

Investigating young men’s experiences of walking to the ‘bus’ in low income neighbourhoods of Cape Town and London: a comparative study built round a community peer research methodology 

  • Project leader: Gina Porter
  • Dept of Anthropology, Durham University, Durham, UK

Biosocial Walking: Investigating the emotions of urban walking for migrants from the global south

  • Project leader: Tess Osborne
  • Human Geography, Dept of Geography, Geology and the Environment, U. of Leicester, Leicester, UK

Developing An Intersectional Equity Framework to Support Walkability Transitions

  • Project leader: Iderlina Mateo-Babiano
  • The University of Melbourne, Urban Planning, Diversity and Inclusion, Melbourne School of Design, Australia

Urban roads: enablers or barriers to walking?

  • Project leader: Karel Martens
  • Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

Mobile digital technology as a tool to study walkability to advance theory, policy, and practice of walking for transport

  • Project leader: Tamara Bozovic
  • Centre for Transport & Society, University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK

Children and Adolescents’ Everyday Walking: Experiences and Practices from an Intersectional Perspective

  • Project leader: Karen S. Cuevas
  • NGO La Reconquista Peatonal, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

Transforming the unwalkable city: knowledge, practices, and interventions for a more inclusive future of walking in Africa

  • Project leader: Daniel Oviedo
  • Development Planning Unit (DPU), University College London (UCL), London, UK

Walking as a mode of transport in ‘unwalkable’ contexts: Cross-city experiences from Ghana and Nigeria

  • Project Leader: Enoch F. Sam
  • Dept of Geography Education, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana.