Daniel Oviedo

University College London
Principal Investigator

Dr. Oviedo is an Associate Professor at UCL's Development Planning Unit. With over fourteen years of international experience, he has focused on studying social, economic, and spatial inequalities in urban environments, emphasising the role of urban mobility in reproducing (in)equality and well-being. Dr. Oviedo possesses extensive experience in leading international, interdisciplinary research in the global south that engages with vulnerable and disadvantaged communities using participatory methods in low- and middle-income countries.

Julio D. Davila

University College London
Co-lead for WP1 + Co-Investigator for WP4

Julio Dávila, a civil engineer and urban development planner, brings extensive international experience from research and consultancy projects spanning 15 countries across Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Professor Dávila's research explores the impact of local government on progressive social and political transformation in developing nations. His expertise encompasses governance aspects of urban and peri-urban infrastructure, such as transportation, water, and sanitation, as well as the intricate relationship between planning, urban informality, and the implications of rapid urbanisation on health.

Olga Sarmiento

Universidad de los Andes
Co-lead for WP2 + Co-Investigator for WP1, WP3 and WP4

Olga L. Sarmiento, Professor at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, specialises in epidemiology and focuses on urban health, healthy behaviours, and the built environment in Latin America. With global research involvement, including the Our Voice Global Research Network spanning 15 countries, she empowers communities through citizen science to affect local environmental change. Sarmiento's expertise includes utilising the Discovery Tool to study how urban environments and policies influence the health of Latin American city residents.

Germán Casas

Universidad de los Andes
Co-lead for WP3 + Co-Investigator for WP2 and WP4

Professor Germán Casas, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Professor at Universidad de los Andes, Colombia, joins OWS as Co-Lead for WP3 and Co-I for WP2 and WP4. He is currently the Postgraduate Director of the Medicine Faculty of the Universidad de los Andes. As President of Medicine San Frontieres for Latin America, he has diverse field experience in MSF projects, including roles as a General Doctor, Mental Health Officer, and field coordinator. Professor Casas brings invaluable expertise to OWS, particularly during WP3's Maputo pilot stage, while guiding WP1, WP2, and WP4.

Luis Ángel Guzmán

Universidad de los Andes
Co-Investigator for WP2

Luis Angel Guzmán is an Associate Professor at the School of Engineering, Universidad de los Andes, specialising in Civil and Environmental Engineering in Bogotá, Colombia. His research focuses on transport and land-use interactions, policy evaluation, economic assessment of transport systems, and social, economic, and spatial analysis of urban transport inequalities. He is actively involved in national studies, exploring development models and tools related to land occupation and land-use changes and their impact on urban planning, social equity, and well-being. Luis has a rich consulting background, advising on various urban transport projects in Colombia, working with the World Bank, and providing expertise to the Urban Development Institute of Bogotá on value-capture instruments for financing transport infrastructure. Additionally, he serves as an adviser to the Bogotá Urban Planning Office for reforming the Land-Use Planning Master Plan in transport planning. He also holds editorial roles at the Research in Transportation Business & Management Journal and Frontiers in Sustainable Cities: Sustainable Infrastructure. Luis is an accomplished author with numerous international journal publications covering topics such as transport policy evaluation, public transport, poverty, equity, and urban structure.

Joaquín Romero de Tejada

Mobility and Transport Observatory
Co-Investigator for WP3

Joaquin Romero de Tejada is an anthropologist and expert in urban mobility. He has been working on formal and informal semi-collective transport in Maputo since he arrived in Mozambique in 2013, cooperating with stakeholders such as Maputo City Council, Architects Without Borders, and UN-Habitat, among others. He is constantly working on different projects to improve access to public transport for vulnerable groups, including women and the most vulnerable users.

Julian Edbrooke-Childs

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
Co-lead for WP4 + Co-Investigator for WP2 and WP3

Julian Edbrooke-Childs, Head of Digital Development & Evaluation at the Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families, spearheads research on empowering youth to take charge of their mental and healthcare, particularly addressing social inequalities. With a background in health, applied, and NHS research studies encompassing health psychology, clinical psychology, and social psychology, he plays a pivotal role as Research Advisor in promoting and evaluating research impact within this project.

Diana Carolina Durán

Secretaria de Movilidad de Bogotá
Bogotá's focal point and facilitator

Industrial and environmental engineer with an MSc in Urban Development Planning, intensely interested in urban dynamics related to mobility, social and environmental justice, climate change and sustainable development. She leads the Kids First Program, which aims to improve access to education and the travel experience to school through safe and sustainable mobility strategies: Ciempiés (Safe walking routes to school), Guardacaminos (Safe crossings during the school entrance), Al Colegio en Bici (Bike to school) and Bici-Parceros (Bike pals to school) in Bogotá, Colombia.

Luisa Salinas

Secretaría Distrital de Movilidad de Bogotá
Coordinator Lead for Ciempiés Caminos Seguros

Operations Lead at “Ciempiés Caminos Seguros,” District Mobility Secretary in Bogotá, Colombia, Mrs. Salinas, holds a master’s in education, specialising in educational projects. She has been an integral part of the “Ciempiés Caminos Seguros” Project since 2019, initially serving as a monitor and progressing to her current role as the Operations Lead. Mrs. Salinas brings much experience in team coordination, guiding educational projects and research, and promoting sustainable school mobility. Her expertise includes emotional development, leadership, and enhancing civic competencies.

Carlos Serra

Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
Co-lead for WP3 + Co-Investigator for WP4

Professor Carlos Serra, a Lawyer, consultant, university lecturer, and environmental activist from the University of Eduardo Mondlane in Mozambique, will join OWS as Co-Lead for WP3 and Co-I for WP4. With expertise in environmental law, national and local governance, waste pollution, and the environment, he has extensive experience collaborating with public authorities, the private sector, NGOs, and various stakeholders in Mozambique. Professor Serra will play a crucial role as Co-Lead during WP3's Maputo pilot stage and guide WP4.

Natalia Villamizar-Duarte

Newcastle University
Co-lead for WP1 and WP4

Dr Villamizar-Duarte is a Lecturer at Newcastle University's School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape. She joins OWS as Co-lead for WP1 and WP4. She has over 15 years of academic and professional experience in urban planning and policy. Her work examines the intersection of mobility practices and urban policy and their impact on the built environment and human well-being. Her expertise includes assessing processes of policymaking and governance and fostering partnerships for engaged participation.

Sara Márquez

Arquitetura Sem Fronteras
Co-lead for WP3

Sara does research in Positive Psychology, Urban/Rural Sociology and Architectural Engineering. Márquez Martín is a researcher specialising in developing the concept of “human building” as the attitude to build with and for the people within the planet's limits. At Architects Without Borders, she coordinates projects to improve mobility and slum upgrading in Maputo, Mozambique.

Abby King

Standford University
Leader of the Our Voice team + Co-Investigator in WP1, WP2, WP3 and WP4

Professor Abby King from Stanford University in the USA will lead the Our Voice team for OWS, contributing to WP1, WP2, WP3, and WP4. With internationally recognised expertise in behavioural science, she applies evidence-based multi-level approaches to advance public health and promote health equity. Prof. King's work focuses on diverse populations, including racial/ethnic minorities and low-income individuals across the lifespan. She has conducted clinical trials and observational studies on key health behaviours, mental health, and digital health and communication tool development. Her research aims to extend the reach and sustainability of health programs worldwide.

Benjamin Chrisinger

Oxford University
Co-lead for WP2 + Co-Investigator for WP3 and WP4

Dr Benjamin Chrisinger from Oxford University joins OWS as Co-lead for WP2 and Co-I for WP3 and WP4. With an urban planning background, his interdisciplinary research explores the link between place and health, focusing on health disparities and the potential of place-based policies for equity. His recent work examines neighbourhood perceptions, health disparities, and the lasting impacts of historical events. Dr Chrisinger's expertise in technology and community-engaged methods will contribute to developing and testing digital health tools within a citizen science framework, promoting collaboration across diverse OWS locations.