Dr Hannah Budnitz
Research Associate in Urban Mobility
Hannah Budnitz joined TSU in October 2019 to join the Park and Charge project and is now focusing mainly on the ITEM project.
She completed her PhD at the University of Birmingham, where she was researching the relationship between travel choices, internet accessibility and extreme weather, and the opportunities that trends in improving ICT and increasing space-time flexibility of work and travel offer for more resilient responses to transport disruption. Prior to starting her doctoral studies, Hannah worked as a transport planner in the UK for first Arup, then Reading Borough Council. She also holds a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University and an MSc in City and Regional Planning from Cardiff University.
Hannah's research is focused on the transition to electric mobility in the UK from the social, behavioural and policy perspectives.
As part of the ITEM project, Hannah is researching the processes and policies that enable the transition to electric mobility in Bristol and whether they are also fair, equitable, and inclusive. By comparing Bristol with three other medium-sized cities across Europe at different stages in the transition, multiple aspects of social justice are assessed using a multi-perspective and mixed methods approach.
As part of the Park and Charge project, Hannah researched barriers to electric vehicle adoption, particularly where at-home charging is not achievable due to residential parking layouts and urban form, and investigated the acceptability of a combined parking and charging service as a solution in Oxfordshire.
Hannah is also interested in the interactions between land use, telecommunications technology, activity patterns, and accessibility, as well as transport’s role in tackling climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Engagement and Impact
Hannah was one of the authors of the Pathways to Zero Carbon Oxfordshire report, and this work has led to ongoing discussions with local stakeholders, including to explore the potential delivery of further innovative transport schemes through public-private-academic partnerships such as that formed for the Park and Charge project. She has won Business Engagement and OPEN seed funding to make the case for and now trial electric car clubs at the Park and Charge hubs.
Hannah tweets (@HBudnitz) and writes a monthly blog and sometimes for professional and wider audiences via publications such as Citti Magazine, The Conversation, The Planner and transportXtra.