Anna Bornioli PhD

Senior researcher transport and urban economics

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+31(0)10 408 2740
Woudenstein, T-Building, Room T19-37
Mandeville Building


Anna Bornioli PhD is a senior researcher specialised in urban walking, mobility behaviours and healthy built environments. All these themes are concentrated in specialised research in healthy cities.

Healthy cities make happy people

Anna Bornioli has specific research expertise in urban walking and healthy built environments. For example, on the way urban design influences walking behaviour and encourages walking. When pedestrians enjoy their surroundings they walk more and longer distances. This benefits their health. In addition, certain elements of urban environments can support people’s health. Urban and transport policy tools that can contribute to make cities healthier and more attractive are: car-free and low-traffic environments, low-emission zones, 30km/h speed limits, green infrastructure and natural elements.

Research expertise

  • Evaluation of urban interventions and transport policies;
  • Mobility behaviours and health effects;
  • Mobility and health of young people;
  • Mobility and low-emission zones;
  • Road safety;
  • Parking policies;
  • Car-free environments;
  • Tourism behaviours;
  • Benefits of nature and green infrastructure;
  • Values of cultural heritage.

Methodological expertise

  • Experimental research;
  • Longitudinal data analysis of large datasets;
  • Survey design;
  • Qualitative research (interviews, focus groups, urban ethnography, participatory map sketching).

Recent collaborations and projects

  • SMARTDEST EU Horizon 2020 project led by Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Spain. SMARTDEST is about developing innovative solutions to the externalities that are produced by tourism-related mobilities in cities to inform the design of alternative policy options for more socially inclusive places in the age of mobilities.
  • Payamos (Promotion of Physical Activity of the Youth through Active Mobility to School) Erasmus+ project led by Technische Universität Berlin, Germany. Payamos is about promoting the physical activity of children of 9-12 years and adolescents of 14-18 years in seven European countries.
  • Built Environment EEG and Mood Study: research assessing the health benefits of walking in urban environments using physiological (EEG) and psychological measures with the Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing (University of the West of England, Bristol)
  • Favourite Urban Places Study: analysis of the restorative potential of outdoor and indoor favourite built settings, with Enviwell Group (University of Tampere, Finland)
  • Bristol 20mph Evaluation: evaluation of the public health benefits of the 20mph speed limit introduction in Bristol, with the Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing and Bristol City Council.


Teaching activities

Anna teaches to and supervises students from the BSc and MSc Economics and Business (Urban, Port, and Transport Economics). She holds the UK Higher Education Academy Associate Fellowship.

Academic career

Anna’s PhD, completed in November 2017 at the Centre for Transport and Society (University of the West of England, Bristol – United Kingdom) explored the influence of urban environments on wellbeing outcomes from the pedestrian point of view.

Anna has a BSc in Economics from the University of Cagliari, Italy, a MA in Cultural Economics from the University of Bologna, Italy, and spent one year at City University London (Department of Economics) as an Erasmus student.

    Recent publications

    Peer-reviewed articles


    PhD thesis