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My name is Rafael Pereira (Rafa for short). I am a researcher at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) in Brazil and I've recently finished my PhD at the Transport Studies Unit (TSU) at Oxford University. In these links you can find my Google Scholar and CV.

Research Interests

My research is broadly concerned with the role of urban and transport policies in shaping the spatial organization of cities, people’s accessibility to opportunities as well as health and social inequalities. Some more specific interests include:
  • Transport justice - theoretical and measurement issues of transportation equity, and distributive impacts of urban and transport policies
  • Spatial analysis, complex networks and transport accessibility
  • Sustainable patterns of sustainable urban development and travel behavior 
  • The organization of urban functional areas and commuting patterns
  • Active travel and health inequalities


   PhD in Geography (2013- 2018)
   University of Oxford - UK
   Thesis topic: Distributive Justice, Transport Policies, Accessibility and Mega-events
   Advisors: Tim Schwanen and David Banister

   MSc in Demography (2006-2008)
   State University of Campinas (Unicamp) - Brazil
   Dissertation topic:  Socio-spatial structure of urban space and commuting patterns
   Advisor: Daniel Hogan

   BA in Sociology (2002-2006)
   University of Brasília (UnB) - Brazil
   Dissertation topic: Socio-spatial inequalities, segregation and school commuting
   Advisor: Brasilmar Nunes