2024 Expert Outlook on Getting Around
12 Sep 2023
2024 Expert Outlook on Getting Around

Can EV infrastructure support mainstream breakthroughs? How will return-to-office policies affect public transit? And could local interventions support green mobility in neighbourhoods? In this chapter of the 2024 Expert Outlook, we speak to three experts about how people will get around next year.

John Surico

John Surico writes about our changing cities. He is a professor and programme coordinator at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, where he teaches urban-focused reporting. He is the Scholar-in-Residence at the Central Park Conservancy's Institute for Urban Parks, where he provides research and analysis for urban spaces around the US. His work has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, Bloomberg CityLab, and elsewhere. He is also a local community organizer working to create more equitable open space in Western Queens.

Dr. Luna Khirfan

Dr. Luna Khirfan is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning. In her research, she develops coupled human-natural systems models to inform planning, policies, and behaviour while accounting for justice and equity. Her work underscores the relationship between public engagement, place making, and place experience in the rehabilitation of historic cities and in adaptation to climate change.

Thomas Bräunl

At UWA, Thomas Bräunl directs the Robotics & Automation Lab as well as the Renewable Energy Vehicle Project (REV). He has done research on electric drive and charging systems and is developing AI solutions for autonomous driving. Professor Bräunl worked on Driver-Assistance Systems with Mercedes-Benz Stuttgart and on Electric Vehicle Charging Systems with BMW Munich and BMW Mountain View.

Inês Fressynet

Inês Fressynet is a senior behavioral analyst at Canvas8. Following a career in digital and broadcast journalism, she was drawn to cultural insights and strategy. She has carried out numerous qualitative and ethnographic research projects with a global perspective thanks to her fluency in three languages. In her spare time, she can be seen practicing headstands or reading French literature.