Biography: Dr. Megha Tyagi is an urban researcher who studies cities through a human-centric perspective to bring the voices of the traditionally marginalized population groups (children, women and persons with disabilities) into the mainstream city planning and design process. She holds a bachelor’s (2013) and master’s (2016) degree in Architecture; and an interdisciplinary PhD (2021) intersecting different fields of urban planning, urban mobility and children’s geographies. Her PhD research was one of the earliest from India investigating the impact of neighbourhood environment on children’s independent mobility to school and local destinations. Post-PhD, she has worked with international partners at UNICEF, UN-Habitat and North Carolina State University on various urban projects in different capacities. She got associated with GCSMUS in 2021 as a part of the team that developed 1st generation MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) from India under Action 5. As part of her SMUS postdoctoral scholarship, she has recently submitted two grant proposals to two separate European funding bodies.
Working title of research proposal: “The Wheels of Change: Rethinking Children’s Independent Mobility to school in the Era of Autonomous Vehicles”.