Researcher (Smaller Project)
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Dr. Marie Thynell is a social scientist focusing on urban development and transport development. She has extensive research experience in the area of sustainable transport and public transport in developing, as well as developed cities.
Dr. Thynell has carried out case studies inTeheran, Dhaka, Xian,Hanoi ,New Delhi ,Skopje, Rome, Copenhagen, Brasília and Santiago de Chile.
Thynell has published a number of articles and is a co-author of the Aichi statement (2005) regarding environmentally sustainable transport inAsia . This statement was adopted by 44 major Asian cities.
Dr Thynell is also an expert member to the Environmental Sustainable Transport (EST) in the Asian region promoted by United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) and to the UN´s Commission for Sustainable Development UNCSD18/19.

Project titles:
1. Managing Modern Urban Mobility Systems (MUMS) (2003)
2. Political actors and urban transport (before 2002)

Host organisation: Institutionen för Freds- och, Utvecklingsforskning, Göteborgs Universitet, Göteborg, Sweden

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