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IHE Branch Event

Online: Mobility and Cities – Policies and Practice

  • CPD Value: This event is awarded 1 CPD Hour
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Wed 08 Feb 2023 Online via Teams FREE Book now

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UK – 15:00hrs – 16:00hrs
Doha -18:00hrs – 19:00hrs

The IHE Middle East Branch would like to invite you to their next technical webinar on Wednesday 8th February 2023.


If cities are “engines of growth”, then the PT system is the fuel through which these engines derive their energy, and therefore, the extent of the PT system is one of the factors that influence urban development. It is the critical stakeholder in the dynamism of urban 3Es (Economy, Environment and Equality). Global cities are moving towards city strategic concepts such as low-carbon mobility cities, eco-friendly cities, green cities, sustainable cities, compact cities, and smart cities. In all these concept cities, sustainable mobility is the exclusive agenda.

Policies are the invisible fuel of the city’s economic growth and sustainability. With strong policies and dynamic implementation, cities move stage-wise development and reach the highest quality of service delivery.

Cities like London, Singapore, Seoul and Tokyo have a strong set of long-term policies and a proactive implementation approach. Some global cities are moving towards disruptive technology-oriented mobility policies and on-demand services (bus-on-demand), E-hail and autonomous taxis, etc.

Cities like San Francisco and Dubai proactively work on proactive approaches to provide the best service experience.

However, understanding, assessing and evaluating the situation and status of the cities are always challenging tasks. For these, the right approach to policymaking and the composition of policy references will matter much for a sound policy formulation and implementation.

This webinar will give a glimpse of urban mobility trends, the formulation process of transport policies, its impacts and implementation strategies with a few case studies.


Dr. Sharat Chandra Pillalamarri

Dr. Sharat is a senior specialist (Transport Policy & Strategy) at Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), Government of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). He has about 15 years of professional and research experience in urban transport, and he is very passionate about transport strategies and policies. Currently, Dr.Sharat supports the Dubai Government in enhancing passenger transport policies, especially in the latest disruptive transport technologies.

He has vast experience assessing Indian cities’ public transport projects, capacity building, and formulation of policies and strategic plans. Dr. Sharat was one of the key team members of India’s first biggest Urban Mission Project “JnNURM.” He was closely worked with the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development’s (Erstwhile Ministry of Urban Development) bureaucrats and directly involved in decision-making discussions on projects, reforms and policies.

He was one of the key team members in major transportation projects, including viability studies of Hyderabad and Mumbai Metro farebox revenue studies, 30 plus National Highway revenue forecast studies, comprehensive mobility plans, master plans, zonal development plans, municipal reforms and so. Dr. Pillalamarri has provided consulting services to all government agencies, National, state and City Authorities in India and Bangladesh.

He has given many lectures on urban studies (urban transport, smart cities, urban reforms & policies, etc.) at multiple Institutes and Development centers, including Strathclyde Business School (Dubai Campus), MRHRDI (Marri Chenna Reddy Human Resource Development Institute), JNAFAU (Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University), Kakatiya University (Warangal), etc.

Dr.Pillalamarri worked with multinational management and transport consulting firms, including PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers), Halcrow (CH2M/Jacobs) and CRISIL (Standard & Poor). He has also working experience of funding projects of multilateral agencies (The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, British High Commission, etc.)

Dr.Sharat has acquired a unique combination of educational qualifications in four critical urban areas subjects. He completed a Bachelor of Planning from the School of Planning and Architecture, Hyderabad (now, renamed JNAFAU, Hyderabad). He completed a Master’s in Infrastructure Planning and Management (with a special focus on Public Transport) from CEPT University, Ahmedabad. He was awarded a Doctorate from the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Warangal, for his research on public transport strategies and policies. He also has a diploma in Transport Economics.

You must register with the IHE to attend the webinar using the ‘book now’ button above.

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