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A taste of HUM-MUS: Understanding (im)mobility, health and wellbeing and the potential for participatory mobilities planning in Brazil and the UK

Ben will provide an introduction to the theoretical framing of the HUM project using Staging Mobilities (Jensen 2013) and outline the range of collaborative methods used, including health and mobility biographies, mobile methods (go-alongs) and community engagement. He will then describe the approach and findings based on the Barton neighbourhood situated at the periphery of Oxford. Julio will then turn to the case of Porto Allegre and a comparison of how the HUM research unfolded there before we discuss the implications for the contribution of mobility to healthy ageing across the lifecourse.


This session will be conducted via Zoom only:

About the Speakers

Dr Ben Spencer is Research Fellow in Healthy Ageing and the Built Environment at Oxford Brookes University where he supports their Healthy Ageing and Care Network. He has worked on a number of research projects on active travel and health. These include the Brazil-UK Healthy Urban Mobility (HUM) project ( and cycle BOOM investigating the potential for enabling more (e-)cycling by people in later life ( He has a background in Urban Design, his PhD at UWE Bristol explored Playful public places for later life and previously Ben worked as an Urban Designer for a multinational planning consultancy, for Sustrans managing a sustainable travel programme and at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment heading up their education work. 

Prof Júlio Celso Borello Vargas is a tenured professor at the School of Architecture and the Post-graduate Program in Urban and Regional Planning at UFRGS, the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He holds a PhD in Transportation Engineering a MSc. in Urban and Regional Planning and a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture. He has expertise in the field of Urban Mobility, conducting mixed-methods research on urban mobility and health and is a member of the UFRGS' ‘Urban Health, Environment and Inequalities’ Research and Outreach Group. He was a Co-Investigator on the 'HUM - Brazil/UK Healthy Urban Mobility' research project and an author of articles and book chapters, currently editor of the RMU journal 'Revista de Morfologia Urbana'.

This event is part of a seminar series:

Michaelmas 2021 Seminar Series - Future Perspectives on Ageing

Event Details

09 December 2021 14:00 - 15:00


Oxford Martin School

34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets) Oxford OX1 3BD