Lee Schipper Scholars presented at theTransforming Transportation 2020 (January 16-17, 2020)

Since 2018 the Volvo Research and Educational Foundation has supported the Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency. At this year’s Transforming Transportation, hosted by the World Bank and the World Resources Institute, a plenary session was hosted by the former CNN moderator Femi Oke to present the 2020 Lee Schipper Scholarship for Sustainable Transport Award.

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Valentina Montoya and Teddy Forscher

The Scholarship has been awarded to up to two scholarships annually since 2012. All scholars traditionally present their work at Transforming Transportation to briefly recognize and get inspiration from young researchers whom will shape the future of the industry.

This year’s awardees were Valentina Montoya for the project “Mobility at the Margins: Time, money and violence in the commuting experiences in Bogota, Medellin and Sao Paulo” and Teddy Forscher for the project “Data-driven modeling to manage evolving urban commercial vehicle traffic”.

Valentina Montoya is currently an SJD candidate at Harvard Law School. Her work broadly focuses on the commuting characteristics of female domestic workers in Latin American cities, and how local government law shapes these commutes.

As part of a research agenda that aims to connect the legal structures of authority with the way cities are planned and the impact of these designs on the real-life experiences of domestic workers, she is using a mixed-method approach to capture the gap between the way planners think and how domestic workers experience the city as profoundly disempowered commuters. Her research aims at promoting public policy and legal changes to respond to domestic workers' needs, and by doing so, improving the commuting conditions of similarly situated users in cities in the global south. Before her doctoral studies, Valentina received a master's degree in Law, also from Harvard Law School, a master's degree in legal theory, and a dual bachelor's degree in Law and Political Science from Universidad de los Andes, in Bogotá, Colombia.

Teddy Forscher is currently a fourth year PhD student in the Transportation Engineering program at the University of California, Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS). His work broadly focuses on the impacts that changes in personal consumption patterns—particularly towards more e-commerce transactions—have on transportation networks. As part of a research agenda that aims to enhance municipal and regional adaptability in the presence of new mobility services, he is developing demand models that capture preferences for a wide variety of online goods (e.g., parcels, groceries, hot food, etc.). Additionally, he aims to pair this work with insights gathered regarding the volume and composition of changing last-mile delivery fleets to produce one of the first comprehensive views of the near-term future of consumption and transportation. Prior to his doctoral studies, Teddy received a dual Master’s degree in Transportation Engineering and City + Regional Planning, also from U.C. Berkeley.

Co-Founder Holger Dalkmann thanked the Volvo Research Foundations for their support and announced the new call.

Read more about Transforming Transportation 2020 and see photos about the event.

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