New Mobility: Providing Solutions to Social and Environmental Problems in Urban Slums of Developing Regions (2009)

Client Organization: 
Ford Motor Company
Project Location : 
Sao Paulo, Brazil and Sub-Saharan Africa
Summary of Project Idea: 

Building upon the work of a series of previous SNRE master's projects, our team has identified New Mobility as a potential set of solutions to many of the social and environmental problems related to mobility and accessibility within urban slum regions of the world.  New Mobility systems are highly integrated, environmentally sound, and socially equitable systems of moving people and goods. Implementing such systems as a solution to urbanization mega-trends is an innovative concept in that previous solutions to addressing slums (i.e. slum-upgrading) did not consider mobility, and solutions to transportation problems (i.e. mass transit, hub networks, etc) either completely ignored or minimally considered slum dwellers.  Our team has chosen to take both a macro-level as well as a micro-level approach to how we can provide new mobility solutions to urban slums.  Half of the team produced a conceptual model for providing New Mobility solutions to slums throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, while the other half examined issues specific to the slums of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

SEAS Program Areas: 
Environmental Justice
Sustainable Systems
SEAS Faculty Advisor: 
Tom Gladwin
Master Students Involved in Project: 
  • Luke Barber, MS Sustainable Systems
  • Ting Ting Liu, MS Sustainable Systems
  • Jennifer McLaughlin, MBA/MS Environmental Justice
  • Elin Olson, MS Sustainable Systems 
  • Emily Plews, MBA/MS Sustainable Systems
  • Alexandra Wilson, MS Sustainable Systems
Project Status: 
Past Project