On Wednesday, May 12, at 5:00 p.m. CET, the ‘Mobility Patterns from a Gender Perspective’ meetup was held in Barcelona and streamed online. This event was organized by Elisa Sayrol and Margarita Martínez (UPC) together with Laia Pagés and Angélica Caicedo (CARNET) with the aim of opening a discussion about ideas, challenges and contributions to gender equality in urban mobility among experts from different areas of expertise (Academia, industry and public administration).
Silvia Casorrán, Counselor of Mobility and Accessibility for the Sant Martí district in the Barcelona City Council, together with Joan Maria Bigas, Head of the Mobility, Transport and Sustainability Area of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB) were in charge of the opening and they explained how their institutions are fighting to eliminate the gender gap in transport.
Afterwards, Laia Pagés moderated the speeches and the subsequent debate of the 3 keynote speakers. First, Imma Ribas, professor at the UPC, presented the main conclusions of a literature review that tried to identify gender-based differences in mobility patterns all around the world. Next, Oliva García, Chief Research & Development Officer in NOMMON technologies, confirmed these differences for the case of some Spanish cities, particularly of Madrid, according to the results of their study on mobility patterns on the basis of mobile phone data. Finally, Carles Casas, Director of Strategic and Prospective Planning of Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC), presented the commitment and practices carried out in his institution to make visible and include the gender perspective in their services.
The event ended with a question-and-answer session from the audience.
After the meet-up we asked some of the speakers for an interview.
Read here an interview with Joan Maria Bigas, Head of the Mobility, Transport and Sustainability Area of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (AMB).
Read here an interview with Silvia Casorrán, Mobility and Accessibility Councilor for the Sant Martí District, Barcelona City Council.
Read here an interview with Oliva García, Chief Research & Development Officer at Nommon Technologies