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  • Bronwen Thornton

    Walk21
    CEO

    Keynote Session

    Plenary 1

    Global Imperatives for supporting more walking and creating walkable cities

    Bronwen Thornton

    Walk21
    CEO

    As CEO of Walk21 she works closely with international agencies to address global challenges and ensure walking is incorporated into the solutions, including climate change, road safety and public health, the Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda. She leads on the annual international Conference series and strategic development of knowledge products and training. She has over 20 years experience in strategic transport planning, community and political engagement, on-street analysis and creative development, policy and project delivery with a focus on equitable and sustainable transport.
    Bronwen is Chair of the Board of the Sustainable Low Carbon Transport Foundation (SLOCAT).
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  • Geetam Tiwari

    Department of Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme (TRIPP), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi
    Professor

    Plenary 6

    The Future of Research for Walking; VREF Session

    Geetam Tiwari

    Department of Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme (TRIPP), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi
    Professor

    Geetam Tiwari is Chair Professor for Transport Planning at the Transportation Reearch and Injur Prevention Programme and Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Delhi. She has received the degree of Doctor of Technology honoris causa from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden in 2012. She has been Adlerbretska Guest Professor for sustainable urban transport at the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden 2007-2010. She has been working in the area of traffic and transport planning and traffic safety focusing on pedestrians, bicycles and bus systems. She has worked with city, state and national government in India on public transport and road safety projects. She has over 100 publications in peer reviewed journals, has co-edited four books on transport planning and safety. She is editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion since 2009. She continues to be on the Board of Urban Mass Transit Company, India, IATSS(International Association for Traffic Safety Science) forum and LEAD India.
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  • Rodney Tolley

    Walk21
    Conference Director

    Plenary 3

    How do we imagine and invest in walkable cities for the future?

    Rodney Tolley

    Walk21
    Conference Director

    Dr Rodney Tolley has been involved in the field of active, sustainable transport for over 40 years, first as a university researcher and teacher, and now as an experienced writer, international speaker and consultant. He has led hundreds of presentations, walkabouts and workshops in communities across the world, including over 50 cities in Australasia.

    He was a founder member of the Steering Group for Walk21 - the first International Conference on Walking and Livable Cities - and has been the Conference Director for every Walk21 Conference since then. He was central to the development of the International Charter for Walking, which is has now been signed by over 500 mayors to lead their communities towards better walkability. His most recent book (with Paul Tranter of UNSW Canberra) is ‘Slow cities: conquering our addiction for health and sustainability” (https://www.elsevier.com/books/slow-cities/tranter/978-0-12-815316-1), published in June 2020.

    His passion is walking – and talking walking.
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  • Janene Tuniz

    UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
    Programme Coordinator - Share the Road

    Plenary 2

    Post-pandemic: putting our best foot forward for resilience and regeneration

    Janene Tuniz

    UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
    Programme Coordinator - Share the Road

    Janene Tuniz is a Programme Coordinator for the UN Environment Programme’s Share the Road Initiative. She’s worked extensively on promoting the environmental, safety and accessibility benefits of investing in walking and cycling and is passionate about active civil engagement, transport justice and conflict resolution. Her work is focused on Sub Saharan Africa and involves prioritising the needs of vulnerable groups and engaging with key stakeholders to adopt and/or implement low greenhouse gas and sustainable transport strategies. Janene is currently working on strengthening the relationship between people that walk and cycle and urban decision makers in several African cities. She’s also conducting research on the global financing of walking and cycling projects.

    Janene has a Masters degree in Sustainable Development and International Cooperation from the University of Milan and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from the University of Pretoria.
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  • Nick Tyler

    Centre for Transport Studies, University College London
    Director

    Closing Speech

    Walking as the key to sociality

    Nick Tyler

    Centre for Transport Studies, University College London
    Director

    Professor Nick Tyler CBE FREng is the Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering at UCL and the Director of the UCL Centre for Transport Studies. His £50M massive (40,000m3) multiscale multisensorial laboratory allows him and his team to study the interactions of environments, people and their activities at life-scale – including how people walk in urban environments. PEARL is the part of the UK national research facility for infrastructure and cities. He is a co-investigator of the UCL Ecological Brain Doctoral Training Programme. Nick combines highly diverse fields in his research, from civil/transport engineering and architecture to neuroscience, psychology, physiology, ophthalmology, audiology, orthopaedics, lighting, sound and acoustics. His research extends to projects in Latin America, Japan and Europe. Nick is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, and the Royal Society of Arts, and was appointed CBE in 2011.
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