Current lab members
Researching active mobility
I credit my decision to pursue a PhD in the domain of travel behavior analysis to two primary influences. First, it is the extension of my undergraduate education in mathematics and geography, which I sought to combine meaningfully in developing my career. Second, as the son of a civil engineer and early childhood educator, I have been shaped by my parents’ passions for transportation and teaching.
Broadly speaking, my research interests are rooted in the notion that the evolution of transportation, both as a discipline and a practice, hinges on the successful adaptation of theoretical frameworks and statistical methods originating from psychology, sociology, and public health to align with societal demands. A concrete manifestation of this conceptual union is the emerging Mobility-as-a-Service phenomenon. Hence much of my current work focuses on the implementation of stage-based behavior change theory, namely the Transtheoretical Model, to investigate the determinants of engagement levels in active mobility; these include objective (e.g. gender, race, income) and subjective (identity, norms, environmental spatial ability) variables. I am also interested in the role of bike-sharing systems as a conduit of improved accessibility and equity for different neighborhoods and communities.
Outside of my scholarly pursuits, I am an avid reader, with much of my attention given to the fantasy genre. My favorite novels include The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson, The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss, and The Bone People by Keri Hulme. Additionally, one of my life pursuits is to visit as many of the world’s national parks as possible, as there is almost nothing as satisfying as a day cogitating about life while surrounded by nature’s wonders.
Researching crowd logistics and user behavior
Former lab members
We wish Alireza the best in his new position!