Pilar García-Gómez receives funding for interdisciplinary research project

Erasmus School of Economics

An interdisciplinary research proposal, co-initiated by applied economist Prof. Pilar García-Gómez, is one of the 7 selected proposals after the launch of an Open-Door Call to distribute 1.4M euros for research purposes. All selected proposals align with at least two of the four core themes of the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens: resiliency, inclusivity, smartness and just sustainability.

Pilar García-Gómez, Professor of Applied Economics with focus on Health and Labour at Erasmus School of Economics, will carry out this interdisciplinary research project together with Erasmus MC colleagues Alex Burdorfand Famke Mölenberg, and Anna Bornioli (Erasmus UPT) and Nicole den Braver (Amsterdam UMC). The funding will be used to start a two-year post-doc research project. The postdocs will contribute to the research and impact mission of the Erasmus Initiative Vital Cities and Citizens to advance our understanding of the ways in which social, cultural and economic transformations affect the quality of life in cities and help city stakeholders to thrive as inclusive, resilient, smart and sustainable places to live, grow up and work in. 

About the research project ‘30km/h speed limits for Healthy Populations and Vital Cities’

Car-free or car-light environments are an important characteristic of urban vitality. This project will provide evidence on the wider impact of 30 km/h zones. First, the researchers will build a data infrastructure and evaluate the impact of previous changes in speed limits in Dutch cities. Second, in collaboration with Rotterdam municipality, they will assess how the introduction of 30km/h speed limits will influence the city’s vitality. In the research a holistic approach is used by combining outcomes on mobility, health, and environmental science and focusing on the differential impact on population subgroups.

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For more information, please contact Ronald de Groot, Media & Public Relations Officer at Erasmus School of Economics, rdegroot@ese.eur.nl, or +31 6 53 641 846.

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