Dr Anna Plyushteva

Departmental Research Lecturer in Transport Studies


Anna is Departmental Research Lecturer at the School of Geography and the Environment and the Transport Studies Unit. Anna's current work is organised around three key themes: unequal mobilities; infrastructures and the socio-material organisation of cities; everyday economies.

Anna was appointed in 2019, having previously worked as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Free University Brussels (2017-2019), and Research Associate and Programme Coordinator at the Transport Studies Unit (2016). Her work draws on a range of mostly qualitative methods and currently focuses on South-East Europe and the UK. Anna's doctoral research at University College London (2016) focused on new ways of understanding the impact of a new metro line on commuters in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Anna currently serves on the Executive Committee of the UTSG, and the SoGE Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Teaching and Supervision

  • Undergraduate teaching: Space, Place & Society; Transport & Mobilities
  • Graduate teaching: Urban Infrastructure Futures, Sustainable Urban Development
  • Executive education: Global Challenges in Transport: Infrastructures

Anna supervises MSc dissertations and doctoral students at the School of Geography and the Environment. She also serves as College Advisor to graduate students at St Antony's College.


Current Graduate Research Students

Ho-Yin (Tommy) ChanTowards resilient cities, communities and individuals: Cutting across the top-down-bottom-up dichotomy through citizen initiatives in everyday transport practices and planning
Sieun LeeCaring in the night-time city: filling the spatio-temporal gaps in childcare
Clive ParkinsonAutomobility as 'Dispositif' in Contemporary China



Anna strives to build lasting collaborations with organisations beyond academia. In recent years, she has worked with essential workers during the Covid-19 pandemic to document their everyday experiences (see online archive), and collaborated with Lancashire County Council and Jacobs on intersectional approaches to gender as part of inclusive transport planning. She has previously contributed to 'walk to school' campaigns and workplace mobility planning strategies by Sofia Municipality; a UK Department for Transport report on young people's changing travel habits; and the campaign work of advocacy group Spasi Sofia.

Selected Publications

A full list is available via Google Scholar.

Hopkins, D. and Plyushteva, A. (2023) “Transport”, in Lees, L. and Demeritt, D. (eds.) Concise Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Edward Elgar.