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Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE) Fellow Institute of Civil Engineers 24-NOV-2017
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Appointed fellow of the ICE on the strength of my professional experience in the field of urban infrastructure in developing countries.
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Subways in the sky: Why Latin America is seeing a cable-car boom Media Appearance The Economist 26-OCT-2017
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Interviewed and quoted in The Economist on my research on how cable-cars can support the livelihoods of low-income communities. https://www.economist.com/news/americas/21730743-they-appeal-both-politicians-and-commuters-why-latin-america-seeing-cable-car-boom
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02-NOV-2017
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People Fixing the World: Urban cable-cars - Podcast & radio programme Media Appearance BBC 15-AUG-2017
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I was interviewed for and my research quoted in a 23-minute BBC World radio programme on the social and urban impact of a new aerial cable-car in Mexico City (Mexicable). This can be heard online or downloaded as a podcast from the 'World Hacks' website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05ccby5
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15-AUG-2017
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Near Mexico City, Cable Car Lets Commuters Glide Over Traffic Media Appearance The New York Times 28-DEC-2016
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Interviewed for an article in the New York Times on the social and urban impact of cable cars in Latin America. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/28/world/americas/mexico-city-mexicable.html?_r=0
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28-DEC-2016
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Dialogos Metropolitanos Media Appearance Telemedellin 12-OCT-2016
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One-hour TV panel discussion on the nature and implications of a low-carbon city in the metropolitan region of Medellin, Colombia. Apart from Prof. Davila, panelists included the Director of the Metropolitan Area, the Director of Planning of the Municipality of Medellin,a lawyer for the construction sector,and the Secretary of Environment of the Metropolitan Area. https://livestream.com/accounts/4608897/events/2230380/videos/138662401/player?autoPlay=false&height=360&mute=false&width=640
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12-OCT-2016
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Co-lead, Policy Unit 7 Habitat III (Urban Economic Development) Contribution to Policy UN-HABITAT 01-DEC-2015
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In the run-up to Habitat III, led by the United Nations UN-Habitat, my DPU colleague Dr Le-Yin Zhang and I have been co-leads of Policy Unit 7 on Urban Economic Development, involving over a dozen experts from all over the world. The group will produce a report to be commented on by member states, before it is made publicly available and fed to the Habitat III process.
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31-MAR-2016
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Member, Strategic Advisory Committee Mentoring CentroMet: Consorcio para el Estudio de Zonas Metropolitanas 19-FEB-2019
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CentroMet (Consortium for the Study of Metropolitan Areas) is a research centre and think-tank based in Queretaro, a city of one-million inhabitants in central Mexico. Funded by CONACYT, the Government of Mexico's research funding organisation, it specialises in research, advice and training for the sustainable development of medium-sized metropolitan areas in Mexico. I am one of four members of CentroMet's Strategic Advisory Committee.
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Medellín's aerial cable-cars: Reducing urban marginalisation through transport connectivity Other Knowledge Transfer beyond Academia European Transport Conference/Association for European Transport 11-OCT-2018
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Abstract In 2004 Medellín, Colombia's second largest city, launched a cable-car line in one of the poorest and more crime-ridden sectors of the city. Amid widespread scepticism that the system would succeed, the city launched a second line in 2008. To urban observers, that a technology found in ski resorts in some of the richest countries of the world might be highly successful in very dense and socially challenging urban localities was nothing short of a miracle. Inspired in Medellín's example, cities in Colombia and elsewhere, including Caracas, Rio de Janeiro, La Paz, Cali and Bogotá, have invested in similar systems. Aerial cable-cars now offer real potential to the serious problems of accessibility that residents and workers in low-income areas in mountainous locations have experienced for generations. In Medellín, reduced levels of violence and municipal investment in transport and other infrastructure led to a significant rise in economic activity in neighbourhoods close to the cable-car stations. Average incomes in these areas grew in real terms for both women and men when compared to the city's legal minimum wage. Cable-car trips have been associated with reduced social exclusion while transport fares for those who can make use of the Metro system (including cable-cars, a tram line and feeder buses) are lower than those who must use several buses in their trips. Medellín has sought to redress deep and long-standing social and spatial imbalances through politically bold and technically imaginative policies aimed at levelling the significant social and economic disparities among its population. It has done so through imagination, audacity, and systematic, collaborative work with communities, whilst strengthening its municipal revenue base and maintaining public ownership of key assets. Drawing mainly on primary research on Medellín, the paper argues that increased mobility does not inexorably lead to social improvements, but rather that the context, the nature of institutions and access to broader transport connectivity are central in ensuring that highly localised transport investments serve the needs of the more disadvantaged and marginalised sectors of urban society.
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11-OCT-2018
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Why Fixing Slums is Key to the Future of Cities: What Happens Next Series. Media Appearance Retro Report 25-SEP-2018
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I was interviewed for a 10-minute documentary on the impact of cable-cars and associated local government investments on the life of the poor in Medellin. The report is widely seen and used mostly by US media outlets such as the New York Times. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoRx_zIwiXM
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Membre Comité de Thèse External Examiner Role CNRS/EHESS 18-JUN-2018
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I was a member of the upgrading committee for PhD student Mr Cesar Gonzalez, supervised by Prof. Alain Musset.
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18-JUN-2018
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