Imperial College London

MsEstherAnaya Boig

Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Research Postgraduate



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Current research

My doctoral research is framed in the European FP7 project "PASTA - Physical Activity Through Sustainable Transport Approaches". I am looking into the influence of built environment and social environment in cycling behaviour change.

I am supervised by Audrey de Nazelle.  

Professional and educational background

I specialised in cycling mobility since my final dissertation for Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences in 2004 (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). By then, I had already collaborated with UN Habitat Spanish Committee initiative Sustainable Cities (Ciudades para un Futuro más Sostenible) at the School of Architecture of Madrid (Escuela Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid) and had started to work as a consultant in cycling advocacy groups and private consultancies. I combined my consultancy work with further education: a second Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), and a Masters in Mobility Management (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya). In 2012, I undertook an internship at the European Commission, DG Mobility and Transport, at the Sustainable Urban Mobility Unit. In 2014 I also gained a Masters in Environmental Sciences with a Major in Ecological Economics and Environmental Management at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. 

Research interests

Cycling Mobility, Walking, Active Transport, Impact Evaluation, Behaviour Change.








"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race" H. G. Wells, author and Imperial College alumnus



Avila-Palencia I, Panis LI, Dons E, et al., 2018, The effects of transport mode use on self-perceived health, mental health, and social contact measures: A cross-sectional and longitudinal study, Environment International, Vol:120, ISSN:0160-4120, Pages:199-206

Dons E, Rojas-Rueda D, Anaya-Boig E, et al., 2018, Transport mode choice and body mass index: Cross-sectional and longitudinal evidence from a European-wide study, Environment International, Vol:119, ISSN:0160-4120, Pages:109-116

Laeremans M, Dons E, Avila-Palencia I, et al., 2018, Black Carbon Reduces the Beneficial Effect of Physical Activity on Lung Function, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Vol:50, ISSN:0195-9131, Pages:1875-1881

Laeremans M, Dons E, Avila-Palencia I, et al., 2018, Short-term effects of physical activity, air pollution and their interaction on the cardiovascular and respiratory system, Environment International, Vol:117, ISSN:0160-4120, Pages:82-90

Dons E, Laeremans M, Anaya-Boig E, et al., 2018, Concern over health effects of air pollution is associated to NO2 in seven European cities, Air Quality Atmosphere and Health, Vol:11, ISSN:1873-9318, Pages:591-599

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