Dr Derlie Mateo-Babiano is Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. An architect, urban planner and transport planner by training, she leads the Women in Transport Leadership in Australasia Knowledge Network, which is dedicated to empowering women and developing a critical mass of female transport leaders in the Australasian region.
As a scholar in sustainable transportation science, Derlie focuses on active transport (particularly bicycle sharing and pedestrianisation), gender and transport, Indigenous transport, transport history, and theory and policy implications within Australian and Asian settings. Her research aims to improve the understanding of how the interaction of people, land use and transport creates specific transport mobility and accessibility challenges, and opportunities for positive place-based change. She investigates the extent to which the built environment influences transport participation and use, and argues that encouraging behavioural shifts to more active forms of transport is vital to achieving more sustainable and inclusive cities.
Action in the Field – Feminist practice
How can practitioners and researchers help create more equitable built environments, which welcome and support underrepresented groups and disadvantaged communities?