Keynote speakers

The 15th biannual NECTAR conference will include keynote speeches from the following two distinguished speakers


Professor Jan Gehl  

Jan Gehl

Jan Gehl, (Denmark, 1936), architect, professor and consultant on urban design, has focused his career on improving the quality of urban life, by reorienting the design of the city towards the pedestrians, public life and cyclists.

His books include the by now “classics” “Life between Buildings” and “Cities for People”. Published in more than 40 languages.

Major City improvement projects with Gehl Architects include Copenhagen, Melbourne, Sydney, London, New York and Moscow.

Jan Gehl has been awarded honorary Doctor Degrees in Edinburgh, Toronto, Varna and Halifax and is honorary fellow of the Architectural Institutes in Denmark, UK (RIBA), USA, Canada, Scotland as well as the Planning Institutes in Australia and Ireland.


Dr Tim Schwanen

Tim Schwanen

Tim is Director of the Transport Studies Unit, Associate Professor of Transport Studies in the School of Geography and Environment, and Fellow at St Anne's College. He joined the Transport Studies Unit (TSU) in March 2009 and became Director in September 2015. Since July 2016 he has been a Visiting Professor of Human Geography at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Before coming to Oxford he worked as a lecturer in urban geography at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. He also completed his PhD dissertation (2003, cum laude) and MSc dissertation (1999, cum laude) at Utrecht University. 

Tim's research concentrates on the geographies of the everyday mobilities of people, goods and information. It is international in outlook, interdisciplinary in scope, informed by the thinking in various sub-disciplines within Geography.

Since 2001 he has published more than 140 book chapters and articles in international journals in Geography, transport studies, urban studies, environmental studies and interdisciplinary science on a wide range of topics related to everyday mobility.