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WPI Seaport Celebration with Innovation Studio

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm



Please save the date to join us at the WPI Seaport location to celebrate the partnership between WPI and Innovation Studio while learning about mobility justice and sustainable mobilities.

New mobility technologies and evolving urban policies are leading cities like Boston to promote greater walkability, bikeability, and accessibility. Discover how can we foster more livable cities, lower our carbon footprint, and support greater mobility justice through more equitable urban mobility policies and transport planning.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
5:00 to 8:00 pm
WPI Seaport
303 Congress Street, Boston, MA

The Mobility Justice and Sustainable Mobilities Panel features:

Professor Julian Agyeman, Tufts University
Makayla Comas, Liveable Streets Alliance
Professor Diane E. Davis, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Professor Mimi Sheller, Dean of The Global School at WPI

During the event you will also hear from Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Boston Chief of Streets, and have the opportunity to engage with panelists, educators, companies, and public officials while you learn about innovations taking place in this important sector. 

Plus - we will gather for a reception on the 303 Congress Street roofdeck to close out our evening.

Space is limited. Advanced registration is requested.



Program Overview

This event will highlight how cities can learn to innovate not just technologies but new forms of governance to shift us toward more equitable and inclusive shared, sustainable, low-carbon mobilities. How can we foster more livable cities, lower our carbon footprint, and support greater mobility justice through more equitable urban mobility policies and transport planning? 

A conversation with Keynote Panelists Professor Julian Agyeman from Tufts University, Makayla Comas from LivableStreets Alliance, and Professor Diane E. Davis from Harvard GSD, will be moderated by Professor Mimi Sheller, Dean of The Global School at WPI. 

New mobility technologies and evolving urban policies are leading many cities to promote greater walkability, bikeability, and accessibility. Boston and other cities are rolling out policies around free public transport, shared micro-mobility, electric vehicle systems, and new ideas around road pricing and public subsidies. How are these changes impacting different people, places, and neighborhoods in different ways? 

Mobility justice advocates have shown that people have differing experiences of (im)mobility, (un)safety, (dis)ability, and “arrested mobility” – depending on intersectional aspects of race, gender, class, age, abilities, etc. – and this also influences inclusion or exclusion from decision making. How can we improve the ways that we engage, communicate with, and include diverse people in policy making? How can we improve sustainable urban planning and the governance of sustainability transitions?  



Moderated by Professor Mimi Sheller, Dean of The Global School at WPI and author of Mobility Justice: The Politics of Movement in an Age of Extremes (Verso, 2020). 

Makayla Comas is the Community Engagement Manager for the LivableStreets Alliance. She oversees the Street Ambassador program, and is responsible for building and coordinating outreach campaigns that advance the goals of LivableStreets’ Transit, Emerald Network, Vision Zero, and Great Neighborhoods advocacy initiatives. Makayla has worked previously on the MBTA’s Community Engagement Team. She is a graduate of SUNY - College of Environmental Science and Forestry, with a BA in Environmental Studies, and Tufts University, where she earned an MA in Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy. 

Professor Julian Agyeman, Ph.D. FRSA FRGS, is a Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning and Fletcher Professor of Rhetoric and Debate at Tufts University. He is the originator of the increasingly influential concept of just sustainabilities, which explores the intersecting goals of social justice and environmental sustainability. With over 150 publications, he is the author, co-author or editor of 13 books, including Sacred Civics: Building Seven Generation Cities (Routledge 2022); Food Trucks, Cultural Identity, and Social Justice: From Loncheras to Lobsta Love (MIT Press, 2017) Sharing Cities: A Case for Truly Smart and Sustainable Cities (with Duncan McLaren) (MIT Press, 2015); Incomplete Streets: Processes, Practices and Possibilities (with Stephen Zavestoski) (Routledge, 2014); and Just Sustainabilities: Development in an Unequal World (with Robert Bullard and Bob Evans) (MIT Press, 2003). In November 2021, he was invited by then Boston Mayor-Elect Michelle Wu to be a Transition Advisor on her Transition Committee. 

Diane E. Davis is the Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Development and Urbanism and former Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD). Her current research engages questions of environmental sustainability at the urban scale. Several recent projects on mobility, sustainability, and urban environmental governance have been funded by the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations, the UK-Mexico Climate Change Pact, and the Toronto-based Urban Economy Forum. In April 2019 she was named one of top 50 women in research on transport by the German Development Agency’s Transforming Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI). Related publications include: Transforming Urban Transport (Oxford University Press, 2018) and as well as “New Mobility Paradigms and the Equity Question.” ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America (2021); The Future of Streets” (with Andres Sevstuk). In Luca Acci (ed.), Mathematics of Urban Morphology (Springer/Birkhauser Publishers, 2019). “Governance Capacity and the Smart Mobility Transition.”  In Greg Marsden and Louise Reardon (eds.), Governing the Smart Mobility Transition (Elsevier, 2018); and "Expanding the Scope of Sustainability Planning: Lessons from Stockholm’s Congestion Charging Policy" (with Amy Rader Olsson). Urban Planning (2017). 

Caitie Reidy, WPI Seaport Manager
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