February 3, 2023

Adonia Lugo, Equity Research Manager, UCLA


Defining a Mobility Justice Research Agenda for Transportation Equity in California


1:40pm - 3:00pm


1605 Tilia, Room 1103, West Village


In 2017, the Untokening collective released the “1.0 Principles of Mobility Justice” and created a conversation around mobility justice in transportation planning practice. Lugo, the lead author of the principles, will comment on her work to define a research agenda rooted in mobility justice to advance transportation equity within the UC Institute of Transportation Studies system.

Biographical Sketch

Cultural anthropologist Adonia E. Lugo, PhD, was born and raised in traditional and unceded Acjachemen territory and now lives and works in traditional and unceded Tongva territory in Los Angeles. Adonia began investigating transportation, race, and space during her graduate studies at UC Irvine, when she co-created the Los Angeles open street event CicLAvia and the organization today known as People for Mobility Justice. Since receiving her doctorate in 2013, Adonia has applied her research on “human infrastructure” in the transition to sustainable transportation and collaborated to define the concept of “mobility justice.” Her book, Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance, came out in 2018. Adonia is Equity Research Manager at the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies and a core organizer of The Untokening. In May 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom appointed her to the California Transportation Commission.

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