Reka has a Bachelors degree from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver BC) in Sociology & Spanish, and a MRes degree in Criminology & Socio Legal Studies from the University of Manchester.
At UCL she is enrolled on the Security and Crime Science Doctoral Training Centre (SECReT) in the Department of Security Science as a PhD student based in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geomatic Engineering. She is also part of the Accessibility Research Group and the ExCiteS team.Part time she works in CEGE’s Pedestrian Accessibility Movement Environment Laboratory (PAMELA).
Her PhD project aims to collect information about people’s perceptions of safety during daily commutes by using mobile phone applications to log GPS coordinates, and collect qualitative data about people’s everyday experiences at these locations. This data may further be supplemented by quantitative coding of built environmental attributes and sensor data (e.g, from a mobile Galvanic Skin Response armband) which can be evaluated against the qualitative perception data.
Her research interests revolve around interdisciplinary methodologies, using techniques from the engineering and physical sciences to apply to problems from the social sciences. She is also interested in human behaviour and how that is shaped by the urban environment and the social meanings attached to its elements. Finally she is interested in accessibility research and transport studies, mainly how people perceive and navigate their environments.
Fear of crime, methodologies, built environment, social meaning, crime and transport
e-mail: r [dot] Solymosi[dot]11 [at] ucl [dot] ac [dot] uk