Michael Davis

Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Geography and the Environment

Supervisor: Professor Tim Schwanen

From Transit Oriented Development to People Oriented Development: a Fresh Look at Medium Sized Cities in Latin America

Academic Profile

Michael is on a part-time DPhil programme researching, urban methodologies and indigenous philosophies in Ecuador, Latin America. He is part of the University of Oxford's Transport Studies Unit at the School of Geography and the Environment. Additionally, Michael holds a full-time academic post as a lecturer-researcher of the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Ecuador, where he is a founding member of the International Faculty of Innovation PUCE-Icam. Finally, he is the CEO of Evolution Engineering, Design and Energy Systems Ltd., a sustainable design consultancy registered in the UK.

Michael holds a 1st class honors M.Eng. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Imperial College London, UK, where he studied his master's year abroad in the Netherlands at the Technische Universiteit (TU) Delft. He later read an M.Phil. in Engineering for Sustainable Development at Cambridge, UK.

Current Research

His current research focuses on Transit Oriented Development (TOD), Capability Approaches and Sumak Kawsay philosophies, with the case study or Quito, the capital of Ecuador in Latin America.

Michael Davis
Transport Studies Unit