Derek Pierre Christie

PhD Candidate, EDAR Architecture & Sciences of the City, Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Lausanne, Switzerland

Derek Christie has Master’s degrees in biology (medical genetics) and statistics. He worked for 15 years as a science writer on biomedical and environmental topics before opting for public health, where he was active in the fields of tobacco control (University of Geneva), environmental health (WHO) and HIV prevention (UNAIDS). In parallel to these activities, he did voluntary work for the Swiss Association for transport and environment (ATE-VCS-ATA), where he was successively chairman of the Geneva section and vice-chairman at the Federal level. Starting in 2011, he brought together his interests for public health and for environmentally sound transportation by joining the team of Prof. Vincent Kaufmann at EPFL. After working on projects on mode choice, railway safety and driverless electric cars, he decided to specialise in walking because he is convinced that promoting such an activity is one of the most important public policy measures in the world today.