The Bartlett School of Planning


Beatriz Mella Lira

Research subject

Thesis Title: Transport planning towards urban and social equity. MCA of Public Policies and Travel Behaviour in Santiago de Chile

Primary supervisor: Dr Robin Hickmant

Secondary supervisor: Dr Iqbal Hamiduddin
Sponsor: Becas Chile
Start Date: October 2014
Projected Completion Date: October 2018

The main research area involves the relationships between transportation projects and social equity, and the approaches that might help to achieve better standards of social equity relative to transport interventions in built environment.

Four research questions are used to help examine the 'outcome' of social equity (positively or negatively) relative to transport projects/interventions. These will be examined in turn:

  1. What are the main problems/concept/origins of social equity in the chosen case study(s);
  2. What systemic factors are inherent to the context in which the transport project is ‘inserted’?
  3. What external factors are produced in response, or as a consequence, of the transport project; and
  4. What approaches may help to improve a better social equity 'outcome' relative to the transport project/intervention?