UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering

Dr Clemence Cavoli

Dr Clemence Cavoli

Lecturer in Environmental and Transport Policy

Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
22nd Oct 2009

Research summary

Transitions to Sustainable Urban Mobility (T-SUM) - September 2018 to March 2022

Coordinate and Co-I of a large GCRF/ESRC funded project, T-SUM, focusing on sustainable urban nobility transitions in Maputo, Mozambique and Freetown, Sierra Leone. The project involves 16 partners across sectors and levels of governance, including UN-Habitat & the World Bank. Dr. Cavoli leads teams of various researchers & project partners as Work Package (WP) 3 lead. WP 3 aims to initiate innovative participative policy-making, planning and governance processes to transition towards sustainable urban mobility in Maputo and Freetown, and beyond.

Identifying and short-circuiting urban development paths

Dr. Cavoli is one of the coordinators on a multi-million Euro Horizon 2020 project focusing on developing innovative solutions for growing economies to short-circuit their urban development path. The project analyses historical data to identify recurrent urban development paths linked to mobility in order to better inform current and future policies. Clemence works in close collaboration with local policy-makers across 9 capital cities, in particular in Amman Jordan, Adana Turkey, Skopje Macedonia, Bucharest Romania and Tallinn Estonia. She is in charge of collaborating action across these cities, undertaking analysis and formulating policy recommendations to increase capacity building and innovation.

Mapping Collective Transport in Maputo, Mozambique

Initiated and manages a project based in Maputo, Mozambique focused on collaborative mapping and sustainable mobility. The project develops innovative mapping techniques to better integrate transport systems, using mapping to give visibility and enhance semi-formal collective transport networks.

Behavioural and Societal impact of automation

Explores the societal and governance implications of technological development, in particular those linked to automation. She set up an extensive literature review for the multi-disciplinary project ‘Social and behavioural questions associated with automated vehicles’ commissioned by the Department for Transport.

Transforming evidence into policy-making

Ran an Impact Acceleration Award project, funded by EPSRC. The project aimed to create bridges between academia and policy-making to ensure that significant transport related research outputs are rapidly absorbed into policy-making and have practical impact.

Sustainability in cities

Was responsible for a project investigating barriers to the uptake of local sustainable initiatives funded  by UCL Grand Challenge for Sustainable cities.

Innovative data for better policy-making

Was in charge of a CRUCIBLE (Centre for lifelong Health & Wellbeing) project, which investigated the need for national data linking mobility, safety, sustainability and health.

Teaching summary

Msc Transport (UCL & Imperial Intercollegiate Transport Msc) - 2020-2021
Designing and coordinating an innovative research & impact-led module focusing on Transport policy & governance, following the Connected Curriculum philosophy. Supervising two Msc Transport students. Personal tutor to 6 Msc students.

MRes/EngD in Urban Sustainability and Resilience - 2015-2016; 2018-2019

Design and coordinate Interdisciplinary Thinking in Urban Sustainability and Resilience. Personal tutor to five Msc students.

Intercollegiate Transport Msc - 2018-2019; 2020-2021

In charge of Public Transport Lectures and exam questions and of European Transport Policy lectures

Bartlett School of Planning - Since 2015
Designing, delivering lectures, setting exams and Msc Dissertation supervision for: Bartlett's Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment Msc; Environment and Sustainability policy undergraduate modules; Msc Transport & City Planning

Civil Engineering Degree undergraduate modules - Since 2015

Delivers regular lectures on Environment and Sustainability.


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2015
Universite de la Sorbonne (Paris IV)
Other higher degree, Master of Research | 2008
Universite de la Sorbonne (Paris IV)
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 2006


Clemence is a political scientist and historian by background. Researcher and expert in sustainable urban mobility and transport, with a particular focus on innovative governance, policy-making and planning. She specializes in environmental and transport policies and in developing transformative governance for cities, in particular linked with urban mobility.

Her research and teaching work has a strong interdisciplinary component and a focus on policy impact. She is based at the Civil, Environmental and Geomatic engineering department, UCL and is involved in various cross-departmental collaborations.

She advises supranational, national and local policy-makers and has done extensive work investigating how to ‘translate’ scientific evidence into policy-making. Clemence spent a year seconded to the Science and Research Unit at the Department for Transport and was responsible for bringing scientific evidence into policy-making. Clemence regularly works as an independent expert and consultant for the European Commission on various FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects related to sustainable mobility. She was seconded to the EU Commission, DG MOVE, for six months working on sustainable urban mobility policies and low carbon transport solutions. She completed a Ph.D at UCL which assessed the impact environmental European Union laws and programmes have had on urban mobility policies. Prior to this she was a project manager and a consultant on sustainable mobility at the Universidad Autonoma Madrid, Spain. She holds a Masters Degree (first class Honours) from the Sorbonne University which she undertook partly in the USA, at Carleton College, and partly in Spain at the Complutense in Madrid.