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How to Integrate Equity into Transport - A Conversation with Harry T. Dimitriou

Many medium-size cities today are projected to become big cities by 2050. Given the fast pace of change and based on your evaluation of projects around the world, how can those cities deliver needed transport infrastructure in a way that actually brings benefits to the most people?

Harry T. Dimitriou has been Bartlett Professor of Planning Studies at Bartlett School of Planning, University College London (UCL) since 1998, and its Head between 1998 and 2004. He is currently Director of OMEGA Centre – a global centre of excellence for the study of mega projects in transport and development at UCL funded by Volvo Research and Education Foundations.  Professor Dimitriou holds a Diploma in Town and Regional Planning, an MSc in Urban Science and a PhD in Transport and Urban Development.  

Professor Dimitriou’s principal areas of research, practice and teaching lie in the fields of urban land-use/transport planning, urban transport policy and sustainable development, mega infrastructure appraisal and planning, strategic and regional planning, and institution building for urban development and transport. Much of his work has concentrated on cities and regions in the Developing World. Professor Dimitriou has held numerous advisory and consultancy positions, including for HM Treasury in the UK, the European Investment Bank, the World Bank and World Bank Institute, UNDP, UN-Habitat, the Hong Kong Government, the Government of Indonesia, and UK Regional Development Agencies.

He has published articles in numerous professional and academic journals and is author/editor of several books, including his most recent entitled: Urban Transport in the Developing World: A handbook of policy and practice (2011) co- edited with Ralph Gakenheimer of MIT.

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This interview is part of a partnership series between the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) and the VREF. This series feature interviews with researchers from VREF’s Future Urban Transport program.

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