Emerging Mobility Scholars Conference:

Cause or Solution? Urban Mobility in an Era of Climate Emergency

University of Toronto

June 22nd and 23rd, 2023.​​

Oral presentation: GB 202, Galbraith Building, 35 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 1A4

Poster presentation: GB 217, Galbraith Building, 35 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 1A4 



The Emerging Mobility Scholars Conference is open to all Canadian graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the fields of mobility, transportation, and climate change.

The themes of the conference are

  • Co-benefits of decarbonization

  • Land-use and transportation planning

  • Technological response to climate change

  • Equity and environmental justice

  • Transportation and health

  • Urban resilience planning

  • Planning and politics of climate change

  • Air pollution in a changing climate

  • Climate extremes: Data and modelling

The conference will give graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from Canadian universities the opportunity to network with a diverse network of emerging Canadian scholars across the fields of mobility, transportation, and climate change. Over 100 scholars are expected to attend this conference.

Emerging Mobility Scholars Conference flyer

(Including topics, conference co-chairs, abstract submission guidelines, etc. Submission information are available under the ‘Abstract submission’ tab)

It is crucial that efforts to decarbonize our urban areas be informed by the co-benefits of GHG reduction.

Canada faces the dual challenge of responding to the climate emergency in a time of profound socioeconomic change.

The transportation sector, one of Canada’s largest GHG emitters, has been relatively impervious to change due to its extreme dependency on fossil fuels. Therefore, our need to achieve deep cuts in GHG emissions means we have to contemplate unprecedented transformation in urban transportation infrastructure, mobility technologies and policy responses.

But, to address the dual challenge, this transformation to mitigate climate change must also enable community benefits in an equitable manner.

Conference organizers

The conference is co-hosted by Positive Zero Transport Futures and the University of Toronto Mobility Network

Positive Zero Transport Futures’ mission is to accelerate the transfer of transport decarbonization research & innovation into actionable knowledge. Novel technologies, services, and policies to decarbonize transport can be tested in a real-world context in our living lab ecosystem. Our team of experts includes researchers from the Departments of Civil and Mineral Engineering, Arts and Science, the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, the Munk School of Global Affairs, and the Daniels Faculty of Architecture

Mobility Network connects mobility researchers from across University of Toronto to catalyze transformation in the ways we move people and goods to create a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous future.


Conference Co-Chairs

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Organizing Committee

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Faculty Advisory Board

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