Exploring Inequities in the Transportation Sector, with Dr. Sergio Castellanos Rodriguez

Emphasizing equity in the way sustainable technologies are rolled out and in how decision-makers develop their urban infrastructure planning is critical to ensure a movement towards a just and inclusive society, especially in the context of a clean energy transition. In this talk Dr. Castellanos Rodriguez focused on a set of local and international examples where, through partnerships with government stakeholders and the private sector, we study and develop indicators to prioritize equitable interventions in the transportation sector. He concluded with highlights of his lab’s ongoing work on equitable energy transitions.

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Dr. Sergio Castellanos is an assistant professor at the UT Austin’s Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Department, where he leads the RESET (Rapid, Equitable & Sustainable Energy Transitions) Lab, analyzing just decarbonization pathways for emerging economies, data-driven sustainable transportation approaches, and equitable local energy transitions. With collaborators, his interdisciplinary projects have been awarded international prizes (United Nations’ Data for Climate Action Challenge), won national competitions (México), and gathered media attention (Forbes, Greentech Media). Prior to UT Austin, he worked as a researcher at UC Berkeley leading bi-national (US-Mexico) projects, helping to bridge the clean energy technology gap between these two countries. Dr. Castellanos holds an Engineering Ph.D. from MIT.

Dr. Castellanos is a 2023 SciComm Identities Project Fellow.

2023 Public lecture series