My name is Rafael Pereira (Rafa for short). I work as a researcher and head of the data science team at the Department of Regional, Urban and Environmental Studies and Policies at the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) in Brazil. My research looks broadly at how urban and transport policies shape the spatial organization of cities, human mobility patterns as well as their impacts on social and health inequalities. I am particularly interested in the equity concerns underlying impact assessment of urban and transport planning policies and their effects on inequalities in access to opportunities.

Rafa received the 2017 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship from the World Resources Institute (WRI). In 2019, his work received the award for best PhD thesis in transportation by the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and the Young Researcher of the Year Award by the International Transport Forum (ITF/OECD).

Since 2020, Rafa leads the [Access to Opportunities Project](https://www.ipea.gov.br/acessooportunidades/) where he and his team generate annual estimates of accessibility to employment opportunities, education and health services for Brazil’s largest urban areas, and develop new open access computational tools for transport accessibility and emissions modeling.

Interests

  • Transport justice
  • Cities and Equity
  • Spatial Data Science
  • Transport policies

Education

  • DPhil in Geography, 2018

    Oxford University, UK

  • MSc in Demography, 2008

    State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brazil

  • BSc in Sociology, 2006

    University of Braslia (UnB), Brazil

Grants and Awards (selected)

Best presentation award

V Oxbridge Conference on Brazilian Studies

PhD Fellowship at Oxford University

Master Scholarship at University of Campinas (Unicamp)

Research assistantship at University of Brasília