Sean is a researcher in the Centre for Transport Studies within the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Cape Town. His broad research focus is how transport planning, urban development and public finance intersect in cities of the Global South. He has a particular interest in the evolution of transport planning as a practice, in African cities, and how the associated institutional transitions can be accelerated. For the duration of his doctorate, he is embedded within the City of Cape Town’s Transport Directorate through a knowledge transfer programme. The programme is funded by Mistra Urban Futures and forms part of their global research agenda: Realising Just Cities. In addition to his base within the Centre for Transport Studies, he was asked to join the African Centre for Cities, which provides an opportunity for transdisciplinary, mixed methods approaches to transport research.
He has been an external research partner to UN Environment’s Share the Road programme over the past seven years, working mainly in African and Latin American contexts on the development of non-motorised transport programmes and policies. His other non-academic work has focused primarily on the climate change adaptation of African transport systems and the future of transport planning in African urban environments.