Dr Julio A. Soria-Lara
  • Marie Curie Research Fellow


Dr Julio A. Soria-Lara is a postdoctoral researcher at the Transport Studies Unit in the School of Geography and Environment at the University of Oxford. Before coming to Oxford he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in transport planning at the University of Amsterdam (the Netherlands, 2013-2015), as well as an Assistant Professor in Geography and Spatial Planning at the University of Zaragoza (Spain, 2012-2013). His PhD thesis (2011, Cum Laude) was completed at the University of Granada (Spain).

Current Research

Julio's research focuses on the connection between transport planning and sustainability. He has recently finished the research project EXPERIENTIAL. Using an experiential approach to develop proactive assessment tools in transport planning. EXPERIENTIAL explored the main process-related barriers affecting to EIA effectiveness of transport planning in the context of Spain, and most innovatively it developed practical solutions to overcome such barriers testing them into planning practice.

At the University of Oxford, Julio will conduct the research project BACK-SCENE: Backcasting scenarios as collaborative learning process - involving stakeholders in transport climate policy. BACK-SCENCE proposes the development of a new approach for designing backcasting scenarios involving multiples perspectives and stakeholders together as a part of strategic transport planning process on climate change mitigation. The empirical focus of the research is on the region of Andalucía (Spain).


Journal Articles


Book Chapters

  • Valenzuela, L.M., Soria-Lara, J.A. and Salgado, M.J. (2012) Incidencia de la planificación territorial en los patrones de desarrollo urbano. Perspectivas desde escalas metropolitanas diversas: Granada y Madrid. In, Gomez, M. (ed.) RA-MA.
  • Valenzuela, L.M., Mataran, A. and Soria-Lara, J.A. (2012) Evaluación y planificación ambiental de la ciudad. In, Serrano and Rosua (eds.) Universidad de Granada.
  • Valenzuela, L.M. Aguilera-Benavente, F., Soria-Lara, J.A. and Molero, E. (2008) Creation and and evaluation of development scenarios for metropolitan patterns. In, Pagelow and Camcho (eds.) Springer.

Guidelines and Reports

Conference Papers at International Conferences (selection 5 last years)

  • Soria-Lara, J.A. and Banister, D. (2016). Exploring the use of participatory techniques in transport backcasting studies. Union of Transport Studies Groups UTSG. 2016. Bristol (United Kingdom)
  • Soria-Lara, J.A., Bertolini, L. and te Brömmelstroet, M. (2014) Environmental impact assessment in urban transport planning: process-related barriers and solutions in Spanish practice. 28th AESOP Conference. Association of European Schools of Planning. Utrecht (the Netherlands).
  • Soria-Lara, J.A. and Zúñiga, M. (2014) European Spatial Planning Observatories and Maps: An evaluation of their performance for planning. 28th AESOP Conference. Association of European Schools of Planning. Utrecht (the Netherlands).
  • Soria-Lara, J.A. and Talavera-Garcia, R. (2013) Pedestrian Mobility Environments: Concept, evolution and prospects. 27th AESOP Conference. Association of European Schools of Planning. Dublin (Ireland).
  • Soria-Lara J.A., Valenzuela, L.M. and Bertolini, L. (2012) Environmental instruments design for urban transportation. From reactive to proactive approach. 26th AESOP Conference. Association of European Schools of Planning. Ankara (Turkey).
  • Soria-Lara, J.A., Valenzuela, L.M. and Pinho, (2011) A method to identify mobility environments in metropolitan transport corridors. A study Case in Granada. 4th CITTA-Conference, 2011. Oporto (Portugal).
  • Valenzuela, L.M.; Soria-Lara, J.A. and Vilar, C. (2010) An indicator set for the environmental assessment of urban effects of light rail system. 12th World Conference on Transport Research. Lisbon (Portugal).