The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


Urban transformations, transport and health: The case of Transmicable in Bogotá

20 November 2019, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm


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Dr Daniel Oviedo Hernandez


DPU Room 101
34 Tavistock Square


Aerial Cable cars are an ever-growing passenger transport infrastructure solution seeking to provide urban mobility benefits for vulnerable populations. However, no evaluation has assessed the impact of cable cars from a health perspective to date. The newest cable car system in Colombia, the TransMiCable of Bogotá, provides a unique opportunity to 1) assess the effects of its implementation on the environmental and social determinants of health (microenvironment pollution, transport accessibility, physical environment, employment, social capital, and leisure time), leisure and transport physical activity, and health outcomes (health-related quality of life, respiratory diseases, and homicides); and 2) use citizen science methods to identify, prioritize, and communicate the most salient negative and positive features impacting health and quality of life in TransMiCable’s area, as well as facilitate a consensus and advocacy-building change process among community members, policymakers, and academic researchers. This presentation summarises some of the conceptual, methodological and empirical challenges of applying a rigorous health lens to transport investments and the development of transdisciplinary research in challenging research settings.


Dr Luis Angel Guzman, Assistant Professor and Director of the Urban and Regional Sustainability Research Group, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá


Speaker Bio:
Luis A. Guzman is Professor at the School of Engineering at Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). He holds an M.Sc from the Universidad de los Andes, and a Ph.D. cum laude in Systems of Civil Engineering, Urban and Transport Planning at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Currently, he is the director of the Urban and Regional Sustainability Group (SUR) at the Universidad de los Andes. His research interests include urban mobility, transport and land-use interaction and social, economic and spatial analysis of inequalities related to urban transport and policy evaluation in Latin America. He is a committee member of the Social and Economic Factors of Transportation for The Transportation Research Board. He is also consultant and adviser in different urban transport projects in Colombia. Consultant to the World Bank, adviser the Urban Development Institute of Bogotá on issues of value capture instruments for financing transport infrastructure. Adviser of the Bogotá Urban Planning Office in the reform of the Land-Use Planning Master Plan, in transport planning. Author of several articles published in international journals related to the evaluation of transport policies, poverty, equity and urban structures.


The event will be chaired by Dr Daniel Oviedo and will have Professor Julio D. Davila as discussant.


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