The Bartlett Development Planning Unit


OWS: From Research to Policy in Children's Active Travel and Health

13 September 2023, 2:00 pm–5:00 pm

children walking to school in Colombia

On the Way to School: Active Travel Mobility Interventions in the Global South.

Event Information

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María José Arbeláez


Wilkins Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, UCL
Gower Street

The “On the Way to School” Project is delighted to invite you formally to our first in-person Open Public Event, marking the project's launch. This event aims to introduce and discuss the research project, its aims and approaches to improving children and adolescents' physical and mental health through active travel to school.

The event is divided into two main parts. First, there will be presentations of showcase methodologies in active travel research and provide an overview of policy examples from other contexts addressing safe school trips. Second, a panel discussion facilitated by Professor Julio D. Dávila featuring academic experts and practitioners engaging with local and international active travel to school policies. After the panel discussion, we invite you to join us for an informal networking reception where drinks will be provided.


  • Professor Michael Walls | DPU Director (UCL, DPU)
  • Dr Daniel Oviedo | OWS Principal Investigator and Associate Professor of Transport Equity and Urban Mobility (UCL, DPU)
  • Professor Olga Lucia Sarmiento | Professor of Public Health at the School of Medicine at Universidad de los Andes
  • Ximena Palma-Leal | PdD Candidate at Universidad de Granada
  • Julie Plichon | Head of Design and Engineering at Sustrans

Panel Discussion

  • Professor Julio D. Dávila | Moderator | Professor of Urban Policy and International Development (UCL, DPU)
  • Miguel Prista | Researcher at the Mozambique’s Mobility and Transport Observatory
  • Luisa Salinas | Coordinator Lead of “Ciempiés Caminos Seguros” at the Mobility Secretary of Bogotá, Colombia
  • Professor Caren Levy | Professor of Transformative Urban Planning (UCL, DPU)
  • Professor Julian Edbrooke-Childs | Head of Digital Development & Evaluation at the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families