Ahmed M. El-Geneidy | TRAM Group Leader
Professor
School of Urban Planning
McGill University
Co-Editor in Chief, Transport Reviews
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.
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.
Meredith Alousi-Jones | Graduate Research Assistant
Meredith
PhD Student (starting September 2022)
School of Urban Planning
McGill University
MASc., Civil Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal (in progress)
B.Eng., Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal
Meredith is an incoming PhD student currently completing her masters in Civil Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal, where she developed a keen interest in the link between travel behaviour, travel satisfaction and the built environment. In her masters thesis, she studied the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on the relationship between Montrealers’ travel satisfaction and their immediate neighbourhood using GIS and survey data, and hypothesized how the the pandemic could impact planning and travel in the long term. Her main research interests are active transportation, more specifically walking, and how urban planning can contribute to healthy and environmentally-friendly travel behaviour.
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.
Carolyn Birkenfeld | Graduate Research Assistant
Carolyn
Master's Student
School of Urban Planning
McGill University
BA. Community Environment and Planning, University of Washington
Carolyn is a first-year Master of Urban Planning student at McGill University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Community, Environment, and Planning from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she grew up. Carolyn’s undergraduate thesis analyzed children’s active transportation culture in elementary schools and received the University’s distinguished research award. Since then, she has worked in the public sector supporting active transportation outreach campaigns and in the private sector implementing TDM strategies for large tech employers in Seattle. Carolyn believes that access to safe, affordable, and flexible transportation is a fundamental right. She enjoys data analysis, strategizing transportation policy, and engaging with community members about their transportation experiences.
Stephen Hickson | Graduate Research Assistant
Stephen
Master's Student
School of Urban Planning
McGill University
B.Sc., Economics and Public Policy, University of Ottawa
Stephen is a first-year Master of Urban Planning student at McGill University. In 2020, he graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor’s of Social Sciences in Economics and Public Policy where he analyzed governance of P3s and performed cost-benefit analyses of light rail projects. Before coming to McGill, he worked for the federal public service in the management of its portfolio of real property. Stephen is passionate about a future that is less car-dependent and his main interest is in the planning and development of transit and active transportation projects.
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.
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.
Isabelle Bernard | undergraduate Research Assistant
Isabelle
Undergraduate Student
Department of Geography
McGill University
Isabelle is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Geography and minoring in International Development at McGill University. She is particularly interested in fields related to urban planning, land use, transportation, and aims to tackle environmental issues through the development of sustainable urban environments. She aspires to continue her studies at McGill and complete a master’s degree in Urban Planning by 2024.
Grace Commers | undergraduate Research Assistant
Grace
Undergraduate Student
Department of Geography and School of Environment
McGill University
Grace is a graduate of McGill University, with a joint honours BA in Geography and Environment. She is interested in urban planning, sustainability, and human-environment interactions. She is excited to work with TRAM on urban transportation issues this summer.
Bruno Dehem-Lemelin | undergraduate Research Assistant
Bruno
Undergraduate Student
Department of Civil Engineering
McGill University
Bruno is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in civil engineering and minoring in geography (urban studies). Since his young age Bruno was particularly interested in all the major public transportation projects occurring in the greater Montreal area. He is excited to work this summer with the Tram group on the impacts of the new REM on mobility health and equity.
Julien Duffy | undergraduate Research Assistant
Julien
Undergraduate Student
Political Science
McGill University
Julien is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in political science and minoring in environment. Having grown up in Montreal very close to a metro station and now to the REV express bike network, he has a good grasp on how public infrastructure can influence one’s mobility and travel behavior. Particularly interested in active mobility, environmentally friendly travel, and alternatives to car use in urban contexts, he’s looking forward to study the impacts of the REM this summer.
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