Ugo Lachapelle PhD 2010

Current Work:  Associate Professor, Department of Urban Studies & Tourism, Université du Québec àMontréal. I completed my PhD in urban planning at SCARP in the fall of 2010 with a thesis entitled “Public transit use as a catalyst for an active lifestyle: mechanisms, predispositions and hindrances”. I spent the following year as a Post-doctoral researcher at The Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) of Rutgers University, New Jersey where I worked on projects funded by the New Jersey Bicycle & Pedestrian Resource Center as well as the New Jersey Safe Routes to School Program.

I am currently an Associate Professor at the Universitédu Québec àMontréal, in Montreal, Quebec where I teach in the Department of Urban Studies and Tourism. I was hired in 2011 to teach an undergraduate sustainable development and management class, a research methods class as well as a graduate class in urban transportation planning. My current research is mainly focused on the promotion and evaluation of alternative transportation and travel demand management programs, and the role of urban planning in enabling alternative travel. I received a number of federal and provincial research grants since being hired. In these projects, I explore the evolution of travel patterns using national time use surveys as well as the perceived safety and actual risk of accidents of aging pedestrians. I have also completed a number of research contracts on the effectiveness of accelerated vehicle retirement programs and public transit incentives in changing travel patterns. I have also taken professional advisory contracts on travel demand forecasting. Throughout my research, I explore the unequal distribution of access to travel options across the population.   During the nearly six years I spent at SCARP, I collaborated with top scholars, attended dozens of engaging talks on UBC’s campus, made long lasting friendships, and got to interact with students and scholars from various fields including public health, psychology, economics and engineering.