Shravani Sharma is an Urban and Transport Planner currently pursuing her PhD in Transport and Human Factors at Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick under the Engineering Physical Science and Research Council, UKRI Award. She is particularly interested in travel choices and wellbeing, travel behaviour, transport and social exclusion, intelligent mobility, active and sustainable mobility and policymaking. Her focus has mostly been on analysing travel behaviour and is currently working on identifying the relationship between transport and wellbeing.
In this podcast she talks about bicycle mayors, councillors and ambassadors, tactical urbanism and working methods, cycle lanes, walking mayors and councillors, changing the culture of travel, her work on COP26 and RouteZero, public engagement by local government, her future work plans and ideas for the future of CovCAN.
Music by Advent Chamber Orchestra
Shravani’s latest role centred on building momentum towards an accelerated transition to zero-emission vehicles ahead of COP26 international climate talks in Glasgow. Her efforts were focused on advocacy and engagement in India and internationally, to highlight the urgency of the challenge and emerging opportunities in electric mobility. Her professional involvement includes working with research organisations, government bodies and consultancies such as The Climate Group, ARUP Glasgow, IRADe India, WRI India, DULT India, TNCP India among others. She was also the bicycle councillor of her hometown Guwahati, an honorary position appointed by BYCS Netherlands that aims to promote active mobility in cities.
Shravani did her undergraduate study in Planning and Public Policy at CEPT University, India and her MSc in Urban Transport and big data from University of Glasgow, UK. She gained exposure to novel sources of big data available from the Urban Big Data Centre (UBDC, an ESRC data investment). These experiences positioned her well to work on hands-on analysis required by many transport planning projects. Shravani is also a public speaker and has presented her work in international scientific committee reviewed conferences such as WCTRS, CODATU, UMI etc. She has published many blog posts and articles on matters of urban transportation.