This three-year project is in collaboration with civil engineers, architects, urban designers and social scientist in the University of Pernambuco in Brazil and is funded by the Brazilian National Science Research Council. In Brazil, the cost of transport has more than trebled in 20 years. The high costs of fares and poor physical access to transport network in many low income communities excludes about 37 million people from accessing employment and other key services. This number can be even higher when taking into account the number of disabled and elderly people who cannot get any kind of access because of the lack of facilities and universal design measures that would allow them to use the transport service available.

Aims and objectives

The primary aim of the research, therefore, is to better understand the nature and intensity of the relationship between transport and people's opportunities to be engaged in socio-economic activities. To do so it will explore people's perception of the local transportation system and how this affects their everyday lives and ability to participate in basic life supporting economic and social activities. The research is predominantly qualitative in nature, involving interviews and focus groups with people living in low income communities in the Recife Metropolitan Region.


  • Researcher study visits between Brazil and UK
  • A collaborative paper for World Transport Conference 2013 in Rio de Janeiro
  • A final research report

Further Information

For more information on this research project please contact Dr Karen Lucas.