Prof Piyushimita Thakuriah Chair
Vonu’s research focuses on the connections among transportation, society and technology with the view that sustainable and socially-just mobility in cities of the future will require planners to jointly consider social and technological challenges. She is interested in "smart" public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian active transportation, as well as in collaborative/shared transportation systems. Her research has considered the needs of a wide spectrum of travellers including low-wage workers, seniors, persons with disabilities and young adults and her work links social equity and human capital considerations to the labour market, safety, well-being and other outcomes experienced by travellers. She is interested in the potential of technologies to improve livability, learning and engagement in cities and on the effective use of Big Data for urban planning, policy and business innovations.