Brazil-UK Healthy Urban Mobility (HUM)

Duration: 01/16 – 01/19

While in recent years there has been growing interest in the ways planning can promote improved health and mobility, increased use of private vehicles in many cities has come at the expense of walking, cycling and public transport. This has implications not only for physical wellbeing, but social inclusion too.

Brazil-UK Healthy Urban Mobility (HUM) examines these challenges through a comparative study of cities in Brazil (Brasilia, Florianopolis and Porto Alegre) and the UK (Oxford). Through detailed fieldwork and data collection in selected areas, the research aims to draw out the ways that mobility can affect health and wellbeing at an individual and collective level, particularly among low income and excluded groups.

The project, by bringing a multidisciplinary perspective to these issues with a particular focus on their social dimensions, will contribute to the development of more equitable transport policies to enhance health, wellbeing and mobility among all sections of the urban population.

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Tim Jones (Principal Investigator, Senior Research Fellow in Sustainable Urban Mobility)
Sue Brownhill (Reader in Urban Policy and Governance)
Eleonora Dorsi (Professor of Public Health)
Hartmut Günther (Professor)
Ramin Keivani (Professor of International Land Policy and Urban Development)
Júlio Vargas (Assistant Professor)
Georgia Watson (Professor in Urban Design)

• Methodological and participatory workshops with academics in Brazil and the UK.
• Regular presentations at major international events.
• Dissemination of findings through conference papers, journal articles, briefings and a book.