Shravani currently works for international non-profit, the Climate Group, in a role centred on building momentum towards an accelerated transition to zero emission vehicles ahead of the UN's COP26 international climate talks in Glasgow, UK. Her efforts are focused on advocacy and engagement in India and internationally, to highlight the urgency of the challenge and emerging opportunities in electric mobility.
Shravani is also the Bicycle councillor of her hometown Guwahati, an honorary position appointed by BYCS Netherlands that aims to promote active mobility in the city. Prior to this, she also worked at the World Resources Institute in Delhi, India where she looked after projects on Electric Mobility in India and worked with several stakeholders such as city and state governments, research organisations, automobile manufacturers etc to accelerate the adoption of electric mobility by forward looking policy formulation and implementation.
In her past positions, Shravani’s work has focused on the transport sector (which is responsible for a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions), and on persuading policymakers, operators and the public of the benefits of cleaner and greener modes of public transport, a major project she worked on while she was working with Integrated Research for Action and Development. New Delhi, India.
She prepared for her world-changing career in the UK, studying for an MsC in Urban Transport from the University of Glasgow. The university also helped her to get access to interesting projects in the Urban Big data Centre. With the constant mentorship of her professors, she managed to secure a full time internship as a Transport consultant in ARUP, Glasgow where she had hands-on experience in some of the UK’s largest transport projects. Read about her inspirational experiences, below...
A global leader
I knew I wanted to study abroad and, as an urban planner, I wanted to specialise in transportation. The UK is a world leader in this area. They had the best projects and the best research methodology for the kinds of things I wanted to learn.
So it was obvious that the UK was right for me. After careful research, I found that Glasgow offered the best course content and the best additional support. It was the perfect fit.
A place for new ideas
The way degrees are taught in the UK is extremely inspiring.
You are encouraged to think for yourself, and my course allowed me to consider innovative solutions to important questions, such as 'How does access to data change the behaviour of a person to choose his travel plan', 'How can we apply the the methods that we learned in real life projects to make mobility safe and smooth?',‘How do you make cities more accessible for women?’, and ‘how do we make our streets and our cities safer for children?’ This gave me more confidence in my own ideas, and the opportunity to share these ideas with students from all over the world.
We also learned to harness the opportunities offered by emerging technologies and new approaches to urban planning. We studied big data and world leading research. And I had the opportunity to develop brand new research, using my own findings, which I later presented in the international conference 'World Conference on Transport Research.'
These experiences meant that every lecture offered something new and insightful. I was constantly encouraged to develop my own skills and understanding and, every day I learned important skills that I could apply in my future profession.
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