Plenary Speaker

Geetam Tiwari

Geetam Tiwari

Chair Professor for Transport Planning at the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Delhi

India

Geetam Tiwari is Coordinator of the Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Programme and MoUD Chair Professor for Transport Planning at the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. She is an architect and urban planner, and has studied at the University of Roorkee, the University of Illinois, Chicago, and the Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

Her research priorities lie in pedestrian safety, sustainable transport and planning for public transport systems for Indian cities. Geetam Tiwari is eager to contribute towards the understanding of pedestrian safety and pedestrian behaviour in urban areas in India. Pedestrians are a neglected group of road users in India. While they are present on all types of roads in Indian cities, existing road designs do not provide adequate facilities for pedestrians, bicycles, or any other slow-moving traffic. Her research helps pedestrians to avoid unnecessary risks on Indian streets and aspires to influence safe pedestrian behaviour. Some of her current research includes the study of pedestrian safety issues within bus-stop areas or on how to reduce the incidence of jaywalking and the general risk of accidents involving pedestrians.

Among other awards, Geetam has been awarded an honorary doctorate for her forward-thinking, socially beneficial transport research by Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and LMA’s Women Achiever Award in 2010.