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Cities Research Seminar Series: Rational Choices for Sustainable Urban Mobility

Luiz will present on the key issues driving changes that impact the implementation of sustainable transportation. Cities in the XXI century are the result of humanity’s historical choices. Quality of life and longevity have resulted from wealth, economic development and technology and as a consequence of increased food production. However, these amazing gains have not been equally distributed as seen by the fact that countries and societies are internally divided according to income levels. Luiz Afonso Senna will analyse the framework leading to sustainable urban mobility that can be consistently explained by the identification of measures, the action itself and the knowledge dissemination.

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Speaker: Luiz Afonso Senna

Professor Senna is responsible for teaching and developing research at the Engineering School of Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where he has served as Deputy Dean. He has Post-Doctoral studies at Transport Studies Group - University of Oxford; PhD at Institute for Transport Studies - University of Leeds - UK; Executive Education – Infrastructure in a Market Economy - Kennedy School of Government – Harvard University.

He is a Visiting Professor at Grenoble Ècole de Management, France, World Bank consultant, Researcher at Institut für Mobilitätsforschung – IfMo, Germany and author of two books:  Rodovias Auto-sustentadas: O desafio do século XXI and Economia e Planejamento dos Transportes.

Professor Senna has a long standing academic and professional experience as civil engineer, consultant, transportation professor, director of a major regulatory federal agency in Brazil (ANTT) and transportation secretary in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre. He has extensive experience in transportation economics and planning, urban and regional, passenger and freight.

Dr. Senna’s current research and professional activities focuses on design, implementation, management and economics of sustainable transportation infrastructure projects. His theoretical and practical experience in broader transportation and logistics issues gives him a comprehensive understanding and the ability to work on integrated policy, institutional, financing, contract management, social and environmental issues. His professional experience also includes federal, state and municipal projects either as decision maker or consultant in Brazil and other Latin American and European countries.

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