Helen is a first-year DPhil student at the Transport Studies Unit. She holds master’s degrees in social anthropology from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) and in computational mechanics from the University of Cape Town (UCT, South Africa). Helen completed her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, also at UCT. She has worked in various consulting and research positions, most recently on public sector driven sustainable transport projects. Her doctoral research will focus on the use of technology in the informal transport sector in South Africa.
Taxi Wars: understanding 'data as governance' in South Africa's transport sector
- Supervisor: Dr Tim Schwanen;
- Member: Technological Life: Environments, Bodies, Mobilities research cluster;
As an Early Stage Researcher and DPhil student, Ciaran works with the European Sand Mitigation along Railway Tracks (SMaRT) Innovative Training Network. The SMaRT consortium is a multi-disciplinary and inter-sectoral research group with partners from the University of Oxford, Politecnico di Torino (Italy), the Optiflow Company (France), and railway engineering companies across Europe.
Ciaran’s current research focuses on the assessment of windblown sand hazards in deserts and their effects upon desert railways. His work includes critically reviewing previous attempts to mitigate the effects of windblown sand hazards, designing field experiments and assessment methods for potential new Sand Mitigation Measures (SMMs), and the testing of regional climate models using field data and downscaling of these models to the local scale.