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Mobility and Climate Solutions in Indian Cities - A Meeting of the Minds interview with Geetam Tiwari

Meeting of the Minds talked with Geetam Tiwari about her work developing systems and designs that make transportation safer and more efficient, with a special focus on vulnerable road users and commuters.

Geetam Tiwari is Coordinator Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme (TRIPP) at IIT Delhi and MoUD Chair Professor for Transport Planning at the Department of Civil Engineering.

She obtained B. Arch degree from the University of Roorkee and Master of Urban Planning and Policy, and Ph.D. in Transport Planning and Policy, from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She has received the degree of Doctor of Technology honoris causa from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden in 2012. She has been Adlerbertska Guest Professor for sustainable urban transport at the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden 2007-2010.  She has been working in the area of traffic and transport planning focusing on pedestrians, bicycles and bus systems. She has published over 75 research papers on transportation planning and safety in national and international journals and peer reviewed seminar proceedings. She edited four books on transportation planning and road safety and received International Velocity Falco Lecture Prize, Barcelona, Spain, the Stockholm Partnerships award for local impact, innovative thinking and a potential for replication or transferability.

She co-led the first VREF Centre of excellence. Among many awards, she received the IRTE & Prince Michael’s award for promoting road safety research and the LMA (Lucknow Management Association) award for woman achiever in 2010.

She is advisor to Urban Age series of conferences coordinated by London School of Economics since 2005, and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion.

Christina Olsen holds a master’s degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard and a BA in Environmental Studies – with a joint major in
Anthropology – from the University of Victoria. She provides research, advisory services, project management, planning, and general management to a wide range of sustainability organizations and projects around the world. She uses this background to leverage system change for cities, being particularly interested in rooftops, bioregional carrying capacity, urban metabolism, and how our social, natural, and built environments can be better harmonized for regenerative cities.

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