Ahmed M. El-Geneidy | TRAM Group Leader
Professor
School of Urban Planning
McGill University
Member of CIRRELT, the Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherché sur les Réseaux d'Entreprise, la Logistique et le Transport pour le Québec, le Canada et le monde
Ahmed's research interests include land use and transportation planning, transit operations and planning, travel behaviour analysis including both motorized (Auto and Transit) and non-motorized (Bicycle and pedestrian) modes of transportation, travel behaviour of disadvantaged populations (seniors and people with disabilities) and measurements of accessibility and mobility in urban contexts.
Léa Ravensbergen | Postdoctoral Researcher
Postdoctoral Fellowship, McMaster University
PhD, University of Toronto
MA, University of Toronto
B.Sc. (Hons) McGill University
Léa Ravensbergen is the research coordinator of the evaluation of the future REM’s impacts on health, travel behaviour, and equity. Her mixed-methods transport research is driven by an overarching concern for equity in the creation of healthy and sustainable cities. Léa completed a BSc (honours) in Environmental Science at McGill University and an MA in Geography and the University of Toronto focusing on inequalities in children’s access to healthy neighbourhoods. Her doctoral research on the gender-gap in cycling won the 2019 American Association of Geographer’s Urban Geography PhD Dissertation award. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at McMaster University where she conducted community-engaged research on older adults’ experiences using public transportation.
Manuel Santana Palacios | Postdoctoral Researcher
Manuel
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
MURP, University of California, Los Angeles
M.Eng. Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia)
B.Sc. Civil Engineering. Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia)
Manuel Santana Palacios is a postdoctoral researcher at the Transportation Research Group at McGill. His research attempts to better understand the role of public transport policies and investments in reducing urban inequalities in mobility and access to urban opportunities and the connection between transport planning and land development. Manuel’s work harnesses the potential of alternative data sources, analytical methods, the power of comparative research methods to improving transport planning scholarship and practice. He is also interested in studying how improving access to urban opportunities enhances personal health outcomes for disadvantaged populations. His work is grounded in equity planning and ethical principles guiding urban data analytics and ethnographic research. He obtained his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2021.
Asma Sehili | Postdoctoral Researcher
Asma
B.Sc. Architecture, University Ferhat Abbas Sétif, Algeria
M.Sc. Architecture, University Ferhat Abbas Sétif, Algeria
M.Sc. urban studies, INRS
Asma completed BSc. and a M.Sc. in Architecture in Algeria, where she developed interest in how people interact with buildings and urban space. This increased her interest in understanding walking behaviour. Before moving to Canada, Asma worked as an architect in an architectural firm. Recently, she completed her M.Sc. in urban studies at the national institute of scientific research (INRS), her dissertation examines how the sensory experience of the built environment affects women's walking behavior. During her master's she has worked for the Le LAboratoire Piétons et eSpace urbain (LAPS), which concentrates on the mobility and safety of pedestrians in urban areas. Asma is very passionate about how pedestrians interact with space and how to transform spaces to be more walkable for all groups of the population.
Rodrigo Victoriano | Graduate Research Assistant
Rodrigo
PhD Student
School of Urban Planning
McGill University
MSc., Civil Engineering, University of Concepción, Chile
B.Sc., Civil Engineering, University of Concepción, Chile
Rodrigo is a first-year PhD student who graduated from his B.Sc. and MSc. in Civil Engineering at the University of Concepción, Chile, where he developed a deep interest in urban mobility and transport planning. In both his undergraduate and master’s theses he studied the interrelationships of different dimensions that shape people’s travel behavior, including time use, social interaction, and modal choice. Having been born and lived most of his life in Chile, he has a deep concern about problems that are especially relevant in the Global South, and which may be addressed through efficient transport planning, such as income and social inequality. In his last years before coming to Montreal, he collaborated in different research centers where he studied topics related to covid-19 spread and mobility patterns in the Chilean context. Today, he’s excited to start learning and collaborating in TRAM’s research.
Juliette Fournier | Graduate Research Assistant
Juliette
Master's Student
School of Urban Planning
McGill University
B Eng. Civil Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal
Juliette is a first-year Master of Urban Planning student at McGill University. In 2020, she graduated from Polytechnique Montréal in Civil engineering, with a specialization in transportation. Juliette worked in traffic management for the REM project last summer and has developed an interest in Montreal’s mobility and accessibility. Her main interest in the field is active transportation and she wishes to contribute in promoting a safe and healthy use of those modes through her research.
Samuel Mehenni | Graduate Research Assistant
Master's Student
School of Urban Planning
McGill University
B.Sc. Urban Planning, UQAM
Sam is currently pursuing his master's degree in urban planning at McGill. He is particularly interested in mobility issues — governance and data collection methodologies in the global south, accessibility, data standards — and the intersection of urbanism and technology. After graduating from UQAM in 2014, he worked for mobility startups in Montreal (Prkng, Transit App) before moving to Cape Town, where he led the data collection practice at WhereIsMyTransport. In his years there, he managed mapping projects for organizations including the World Bank, WSP and the Inter-American Development Bank. To date he has been part of projects in South Africa, Tanzania, Cameroon, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Haiti and Mexico.
Assim Mohammed | Graduate Research Assistant
Assim
Master's Student
School of Urban Planning
McGill University
B.Sc. Environmental Science, University of Guelph
M.A. Geography, University of Guelph
Assim is a first-year Master of Urban Planning student at McGill. In 2018, he graduated from the University of Guelph with an M.A. in Geography, and had earlier completed a B.Sc. in Environmental Science. At Guelph, he was active in resource management and environmental governance research. Just before joining McGill in the fall of 2020, he conducted research on the environmental impact of lithium supply chains for electric vehicles and renewable energy storage. He has since pivoted towards research in transportation, with particular interests in public private partnerships for transit project financing, as well as conducting suitability analyses through GIS for the routing of new rail corridors. Ultimately, Assim's goal is to be part of Canada's transition towards more sustainable and equitable transportation, particularly by making rail more palatable for people in cars.
Julian Villafuerte Diaz | Graduate Research Assistant
Julian
Master's Student
School of Urban Planning
McGill University
B.Sc., Global Resource Systems, University of British Columbia
Julian is a first-year Master of Urban Planning student at McGill University. In 2018, he completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Global Resource Systems at the University of British Columbia. As an undergraduate student, his primary interests were in urban sustainability and community development. He is one of two undergraduate recipients of the 2017 Walter G. Hardwick Scholarship in Urban Studies. Julian’s current objective is to contribute to developing analytical approaches that promote more equitable and sustainable transport and land-use planning. Prior to joining the McGill community in 2020, Julian was working as a Researcher at Workforce WindsorEssex, a government-funded workforce planning organization based in Windsor, Ontario. He spearheaded projects on topics including the mobility patterns of Canadian nurses commuting to Detroit for work and regional talent attraction and retention.
Lancelot Rodrigue | Graduate Research Assistant
Lancelot
Master's Student
Department of Geography
McGill University
BASC Sustainability, Science and Society; Minor in Urban Studies, McGill University
Lancelot finished his undergraduate in Winter 2021, majoring in Sustainability, Science and Society with a minor in Urban Studies. During his undergraduate, Lancelot developed an interest in urban planning and health geography. This includes a more pronounced interest in the planification of public transportation and urban greenspaces as means to reduce human impacts on the environment while promoting active living environments. As a result, Lancelot is continuing his studies at McGill in Fall 2021 with a Master of Science in Geography. His research project will be focused on the built environment surrounding the transit stations of the upcoming Réseau Express Métropolitain (REM) and its capacity to influence ridership and active transportation.
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