Prof Karen Lucas

Professor of Human Geography

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Dr Karen Lucas is Professor of Human Geography in the School of Environment, Education and Development (SEED) at The University of Manchester. She has 20 years’ experience of social research in transport and mobilities 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 an academic advisor for the social assessment of the Lower Thames Crossing project. She leads 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.

Further information

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.

Areas of expertise

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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