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Since September 1st, a series of T-SUM events were organised at UCL, involving students and project partners.

Past Events 
By T-SUM | March 2019 

T-SUM inception meeting

7 September 2018

In September 2018 an inception meeting was organised by UCL to officially launch the T-SUM project. The meeting involved UCL’s project partners and T-SUM partners from Freetown and Maputo. A World Bank representative travelled to London to attend the meeting as well as several External Advisory Board Members. The rest of the project partners joined the meeting remotely via Webminar. The project objectives, concepts and methods were summarised and participants provided useful feedback and recommendations.

T-SUM introductory Seminar 

27 September 2018

Towards the end of September 2018, an introductory seminar was held at UCL and via Webminar. The seminar involved UCL and Freetown’s project partners, UCL’s USAR Mres students, representatives from UCL’s Grand Challenges, UN-Habitat, UN-Environment and UCl’s STEaPP. The objective of the seminar was to introduce T-SUM to existing and potential project partners to strengthen and set up collaborations and to receive initial feedback and recommendations from participants.

Seminar to discuss Perspectives on Sustainability:

Theory & Practice

4 October 2018

In October 2018 a seminar was organised by UCL to discuss sustainability issues linked with T-SUM. The seminar involved UCL’s USAR Mres students, UCL’s project partners and a representative from UN-Habitat Mozambique, Chiara Tomaselli.

Ms Tomaselli presented sustainable development concepts in the context of the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda and highlighted practical implementation issues in cities such as Maputo. Following this, participants discussed urban sustainability and sustainable urban mobility in the context of T-SUM. 

Seminar focusing on ‘Identify enabling factors for sustainable urban development transitions’

25 October 2018

In October 2018 a seminar focusing on ‘Identify enabling factors for sustainable urban development transitions’ was held at UCL. The event involved UCL’s project partners and UCL’s USAR Mres students. Professor Peter Jones, T-SUM’s PI, presented key findings from his research on the topic. Following Professor Jones’ presentation, a discussion session was facilitated by T-SUM’s Co-I, Dr. Clemence Cavoli to examine the extent to which sustainable urban transitions can occur in rapidly growing cities in the Global South, drawing on the project partners and the students’ experience.

Systems Thinking Mapping exercise

1 November 2018

In November 2018 a Systems Thinking mapping exercise was organised in the context of T-SUM involving UCL’s USAR Mres students and UCL’s partners. The session was introduced by Professor Brian Collins, Professor of Engineering Policy at UCL and Director of the International Centre for Infrastructure Futures (ICIF). Prof Collins introduced the concepts of Systems Engineering and Systems thinking and their relevance to sustainable urban mobility. Following this, the team undertook a system thinking mapping exercise to identify Sustainable Goals Indicators relevant to urban mobility.

Urban Mobility Transitions presentation

28 November 2018

UCL partners presented T-SUM at the Urban mobility transitions: towards sustainable and liveable cities seminar organised by UCL


Rapidly increasing urbanisation rates present significant mobility challenges for cities across the world, given commitments to meet the Sustainable Development Goals. A growing number of high income cities are attempting to constrain and reduce traffic levels and move towards sustainable mobility and liveability, while rapidly growing cities in Global South countries are faced with the stark choice of repeating the mistakes of many of the cities in so-called ‘developed’ countries, or moving more directly to transport systems which follow principles of sustainable mobility and liveability.


In November 2018 a symposium was organised by T-SUM’s PI and Co-I Prof Peter Jones and Dr. Clemence Cavoli in collaboration with colleagues from UCL and from the University of Hong Kong supported by UCL’s Grand Challenges. The event brought together leading researchers in Hong Kong and in the UK who shared recent research on the different potential pathways and impacts for sustainable mobility and liveable cities, within this broader socio-demographic and cultural context.


T-SUM’s concepts and initial findings were presented by UCL’s project partners.

UCL’s USAR Mres Students’ group presentation

6 December 2018

In December 2018 three of UCL’s USAR Mres students who had been actively involved in T-SUM since the beginning of the project presented the findings of their group work to Maputo’s project partners, including representatives from UN-Habitat Mozambique. The students’ group work aimed to formulate policy recommendations to the city of Maputo focusing on the links between urban mobility, health, IT innovation and climate resilience. Their presentation included a Systems Thinking map focusing on sustainable urban mobility planning. The students’ performance was assessed by T-SUM’s project partners from UCL and some of T-SUM’s external advisory board members.

T-SUM workshop: Identifying relevant mobility indicators

13 December 2018

In December 2018 a workshop was organised to identify relevant urban mobility indicators to prioritise in the context of the T-SUM project, drawing on the Sustainable Development Goals and other relevant mobility indicators. The workshop also discussed the relevance of these indicators to cities such as Maputo & Freetown and the practical issues linked with the collation/collection of data.

The workshop was held at UCL and via Webminar and involved UCL’s project partners, UCL’s USAR Mres students, Freetown partners, Maputo partners, representatives from UN-Habitat Mozambique, UN-Habitat and the World Bank and some of T-SUM’s external advisory board members.

Transportation Research Board conference and the Transforming Transportation event

17 January  2019

The T-SUM project was represented in Washington at the Transportation Research Board conference and the Transforming Transportation event in January 14 to 19th. Dr Daniel Oviedo attended the Transportation Research Board with a T-SUM relate presentation on social exclusion in the informal economy in global south cities. He also attended the Transforming Transportation Conference held at the headquarters of the World Bank. In the context of this meeting, Daniel represented T-SUM as partner in the recently launched New Urban Mobility Alliance – NUMO, a partnership for research and practice in new mobilities and technologies worldwide. Daniel also attended a high-level meeting at the Infrastructure Vice-Presidency of the World Bank discussing ways of improving capacity building for transport and infrastructure planning in African cities.


AFD Seminar 

11 February 2019

In December 2018, the French Development Agency (AFD) joined the T-SUM project as an official partner. The AFD plans to establish a Sustainable Urban Development Plan for Maputo, in collaboration with Maputo’s public authorities. It will do so in close collaboration with the T-SUM project. In February, T-SUM’s PI Prof Peter Jones and Co-I Dr. Clemence Cavoli travelled to Paris to present T-SUM’s key concepts and to share initial findings with AFD representatives. The seminar was organised at the AFD’s offices. This event was an opportunity to discuss the extent to which the T-SUM project is relevant to the AFD’s policies and projects and plan future collaborations.

T-SUM Seminar in Maputo 

February  2019

In February 2019 a T-SUM seminar was organized in Maputo by T-SUM’s project partners based in Maputo.

The seminar involved key stakeholders representing relevant public authorities, transport operators, NGOs and international donor organisations in Maputo.

T-SUM’s Co-I Professor Matos and Joaquin Romero presented T-SUM, highlighting the project’s objectives and initial findings. The event was an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss the relevance of the project to Maputo and to identify gaps in mobility and land-use data.

Dr Clemence Cavoli introduces the T-SUM (Transitions to Sustainable Urban Mobility) project, an interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaborative project that aims to identify the conditions under which sustainable and inclusive transport and land use development can be accelerated in growing cities in the Global South.


It is grounded in the observation that where there is still-low-but-rising levels of motorization, economic growth and increasing social and spatial inequalities, the formulation and implementation of policies, practices and partnerships that can support an accelerated implementation of sustainable mobility structures is an urgent concern for rapidly developing cities.

This project will initially focus on Maputo, Mozambique, and Freetown, Sierra Leone, as apposite examples of growing urban economies in Sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the Global South.


T-SUM is a cross-departmental collaboration between UCL Development Planning Unit at the Bartlett (Prof Caren Levy, Co-Investigator; and Dr Oviedo, Co-Investigator) and the Centre for Transport Studies, part of CEGE (Professor Jones, Principle Investigator; and Dr Cavoli, Co-Investigator and project manager). It involves a range of partners in Maputo and Freetown, including academics, consultants and policy-makers and institutions such as the World Bank and UN-Habitat. The project was born after the UCL team was awarded a seed grant in a competition funded by the UCL Grand Challenge for Sustainable Cities and the UCL Institute for Transport.