Dr Benjamin Motte-Baumvol
  • Honorary Research Associate


    Benjamin is Associate Professor in Geography at the Université de Bourgogne (Dijon) in France since 2007 and is affiliated to the Théma research laboratory (CNRS) which specialises in quantitative and modelling approaches to landscape, planning and mobility.

    Benjamin completed his PhD in geography at University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France funded by INRETS in 2006.

    Following, he spent a year as a post-doctoral fellow at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) in Montreal, Canada, working with Richard Shearmur and Mario Polèse, both specialists in urban geography and economics. In 2015, he spent two years at the University Gustave Eiffel (Paris) working on a research project funded by the ANR (French National Research Agency) on demotorisation in large French cities. He also did several fellowships in Brazil as Researcher and Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ - COPPE) and the Federal University of Ceara (UFC) in transport engineering programmes with funding from CAPES, Cnpq and Funcap.

    Current Research

    His research focuses on the study of inequalities in daily mobility. In terms of methods, his approach is quantitative, mobilising statistical methods on data mainly from local or national Travel Surveys (TS) in France, Canada, Brazil or Great Britain. He has also developed expertise in conducting ad hoc surveys by questionnaire to supplement the results obtained from the TS.

    In terms of questioning, his work is structured around three main directions.

    1. The first concerns the spatial dimension of mobility inequalities, particularly with regard to gender issues and in the context of peri-urban areas.
    2. The second is the effects of ICTs on mobility, in particular e-commerce and telework. Benjamin is currently leading an ANR(French National Research Agency)-funded research project entitled Mobilities of e-commerce (MOBS) which involves several French research teams specialising in logistics, public policy, quantitative and qualitative analysis of mobility and spatial economics.
    3. The last direction concerns mobility inequalities in Brazil. Benjamin is working with teams from the Federal University of Ceara (UFC) and the State University of Ceara (UECE) on the accessibility of employment in Brazilian cities, taking into account the issue of informal employment, which is often an unaddressed issue in Brazilian statistics.