Prof Karen Lucas

Professor of Human Geography

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Dr Karen Lucas is Professor of Human Geography and Director of Research in the Department of Geography within the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) and leads the Transport and Mobilities research theme for the Manchester Urban Institute at The University of Manchester. She has 25+ years’ experience of delivering social research into practice in transport, employing a variety of mixed methods approaches to issues of mobility, accessibility and social justice.

Karen is a world-leading expert on transport and social justice in the Global North and South and is currently devising a new integrated methodology for the social assessment of road projects for National Highways.  She previously undertook similar assessments of the A465 bypass project for the Welsh Government and of the Lower Thames Crossing project fopr the Departmetn of Transport. She is director of the International Network for Transport and Accessibility in Low Income Communities (INTALInC)., which is a global network of academics, policymakers, NGOs and frontline agencies to promote transport justice in Global South cities.

Karen also researches issue of energy poverty and environmental justice in the UK context, currently leading the High-End Energy Consumers project for the Centre for Research of Energy Demand Systems (CREDS), which is funded by UK Research and Innovation.

She is co-chair of NECTAR Cluster 7: Social and Health Impacts of Transport and a member of the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Transport Geography, Springer's Transportation journal and Urban Book Series.

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Karen was recently appointed as Professor of Human Geography SEED in July 2020. 

From 2013-2020, she was Professor of Transport and Social Analysis at the Institute for transport Studies and co-director of the Leeds social science Institute at the University  of Leeds

She was previously a Senior Research Fellow at the Transport Studies Unit (TSU), University of Oxford, where she also held a Senior Research Fellowship at Kellogg College. She previously worked for 11 years as a senior research fellow at the Transport Studies Group, University of Westminster, where I was also research coordinator for the Centre for Sustainable Development.

Education / academic qualifications

  • 1998 - Doctor of Social Science, Sustainable Regeneration Thames Gateway, University of Greenwich (1994 - 1997)
  • 1994 - Bachelor of Social Science, Green Consumerism, London South Bank University (1991 - 1994)

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