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Gendered barriers to travel: moving from understanding to action

The case for putting inclusion & diversity on the Transport Research agenda

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Sherin Francis - Katie Pearce

Sherin Francis is a Principal Transport Planner based in the UK. Sherin holds a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering (Mahatma Gandhi University, India) and an MSc. Eng. in Transport Planning and Engineering (Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds). Sherin specialises in strategy and policy creation and is an expert in business case development and assurance. Sherin has managed projects with key public sector transport authorities such as Department for Transport, Transport for the North, and other local authority bodies in the UK. She is also a member of the global Jacobs Women’s Network and is passionate about inclusion and diversity.

Katie Pearce is a Senior Transport Planner based in London, UK. After completing an undergraduate degree in Physics (University of Exeter) Katie joined the industry as a Transport Modeller. She then completed a part-time MSc in Transport Planning and Engineering (University of Southampton) whilst continuing to work. During this time, she was awarded the CIHT South West Young Professional of the Year award. Despite starting out as a modeller Katie diversified her skillset and now sits in the Strategy & Policy team, working across all aspects of business case production. She is also a member of the Global Jacobs Women’s Network Committee through which she has held a number of positions and led several initiatives.