TUT-POL seeks to advance our knowledge of how, when, and where political leadership has been critical to the successful implementation of path-breaking transportation policies.
We are investigation 8 democratically governed cities around the world:
Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York City, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul, Stockholm, and Vienna.
By asking how, why, and under what conditions political leaders have been able to overcome obstacles whether in the form of bureaucratic inertia, citizen opposition, transport provider intransigence, or other such factors -- the research insights that will emerge from this project should have significant practical application.
On February 12 and 13, 2019, TUT-POL Director Diane Davis spoke with London-based transport practitioners, elected officials, and urbanists about the role of political strategies and tactics in transforming urban transport.
On April 17th, TUT-POL co-hosted the screening of "Rush Hour" by Luciana Kaplan at Harvard.
In 2013, cities across Brazil erupted in riots over something perhaps unexpected: bus fares. Sparked by a $0,20R hike in bus fare in São Paulo and instigated by previous demonstrations by Movimento Passe Livre (the "Free Rider Movement"), paulistanos took to the streets and demanded changes to the transportation system.
On March 19th, TUT-POL co-sponsored the debate, “Will Shared, Electric and Automated Vehicles Deteriorate or Ameliorate Pedestrian Qualities of Streets?”
The event was part of the debate series, "The Cities and Technology," which invites speakers at the nexus of city design and technology to discuss products, tools and technologies that are impacting cities.
On March 19th, 2018, Claudio Sopranzetti presented his anthropological work on Bangkok motorcycle taxi drivers and their role in urban politics at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
On March 10th, 2018, TUT-POL Senior Research Associate Lily Song spoke with the Creative Reaction Lab's Community Design Apprentices about the role of politics in advancing equitable mobility and access in St. Louis, Missouri as part of the Spring 2018 program. "Mobility for All By All."
TUT-POL Senior Research Associate, Lily Song, participated in a panel at the Urban Environmental Justice Conference at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on February 24th, 2018.
For a recent online issue of Politico Magazine, leading mayors, urbanists, and other thinkers were asked to name the biggest threats that American cities currently face. Among the contributors, TUT-POL Project Director Diane Davis and Senior Researcher Lily Song reflect on issues of unequal mobility.