Laxmi Ramasubramanian, Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College, is an architect (B.Arch and M.Arch from the University of Madras, India; Ph.D. in architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), and a city planner (MCP from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Laxmi seeks to inform and transform urban design policy and its practice in order to create a just and equitable society. Her research investigates the theory and practice of participatory planning; specifically the role that digital technologies (e.g., GIS, multimedia, urban simulations) play in fostering civic engagement and participatory democracy. Laxmi also has a substantive research interest in understanding young people’s socio-spatial behavior in order to create inclusive public spaces and places. She can be reached at email@example.com.
How can we understand the travel behaviors and mobility barriers experienced by low-income populations? The answer is both simple and complex at the same time, since it requires considering the entirety of individuals’ lives, not only their travel to and from their workplace. My research team and I gathered data from a relatively small sample of low income individuals through focus group interviews. We augmented the focus group data using additional detailed information provided by key individuals who participated in the preliminary discussions.