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Rachel Aldred

Rachel Aldred

I am a Senior Lecturer in Transport, and joined Westminster in September 2012 from the University of East London, where I lectured in Sociology. From January 2013 I will lead the MSc Transport Planning and Management. I am particularly interested in sustainable mobilities, and have published widely in this area. A key interest is around intersections between social and environmental justice, as well as potential tensions between the two.

I was primary investigator on the ESRC-funded Cycling Cultures project, which explored cultures of cycling in four English urban areas, using a mix of mainly qualitative methods. I have also recently completed a small project on new cycling advocacy in London, using interviews, ethnographic observations, and online surveys. Another previous project has examined European policies around cars and CO2. Two upcoming projects will develop new approaches to transport modelling. I have started work on a new ESRC-funded seminar series entitled Modelling on the Move which seeks to contribute to transport modelling in the context of sustainability transitions, drawing on social science and health perspectives. I supervise several PhD students and am interested in hearing from prospective PhD students. I sit on the editorial collective of Critical Social Policy and regularly peer review articles for a range of journals and book collections. Recently, I have been invited to speak to the Greater London Assembly and to the Scottish Government based on my research.

Which London mayoral candidate does most to make cycling mainstream?

Apr 27, 2016 21:46 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

In London, cycling is starting to be seen as a key part of the solution to the citys looming transport problems. We simply cant go on in the old way if we dont cut car use, the city will choke and traffic will to grind to...

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