Ersilia Verlingheri teaching students at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador

Above: Ersilia Verlingheri teaching students at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Below: Ersilia and Mark (centre, back) pose for a photo with summer course students.

After the final ever 'Governing Transitions in Urban Transport' course in June, executive education coordinator Ersilia Verlingheri travelled to Ecuador, to take TSU teachings to a summer course at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador in July.

Ersilia, who is also a Research Affiliate at the TSU, was invited to be a guest lecturer on the summer course by sustainability expert, senior lecturer and course organiser, Michael Maks Davis.

The extracurricular course, which was designed for architecture undergraduate students at the University, explored research methodologies. During the programme, students ran a project on perceptions of air quality in Quito, interviewing residents in different locations and, with the guidance of Ersilia and Michael, they analysed the results. By the end of the course, the students had produced high-quality research articles, reflecting on the growing issue of transport-related air pollution.

The final project presentations were attended by David Jácome Polit, from Quito the Municipality, who brought valuable insights into the realities of bringing the research into the region's Resilience Strategy.

Ersilia continues to carry out field research over the summer break. After having held 2 focus groups with several stakeholders in Quito as part of the project on ‘worldviews on air pollution’, she will deliver a professional development course at the Colegio de Arquitectos del Ecuador entitled “Sustainable urban development and challenges in transport: from theory to practice”, 13-16 August. She will return to Oxford in September to deliver the first in the new series of executive courses on Global Challenges in Transport for 2019-20.


Ersilia Verlingheri with students at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador