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 the social and the built environment in cycling behaviour change.

I am supervised by Dr Audrey de Nazelle and Dr Tilly Collins.  

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, Laeremans M, Hoffmann B, et al., 2019, Effects of physical activity and air pollution on blood pressure, Environmental Research, Vol:173, ISSN:0013-9351, Pages:387-396

Castro A, Gaupp-Berghausen M, Dons E, et al., 2019, Physical activity of electric bicycle users compared to conventional bicycle users and non-cyclists: Insights based on health and transport data from an online survey in seven European cities, Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Vol:1, ISSN:2590-1982, Pages:100017-100017

Gaupp-Berghausen M, Raser E, Anaya-Boig E, et al., 2019, Evaluation of different recruitment methods: Longitudinal, web-based, pan-European physical activity through sustainable transport approaches (PASTA) project, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Vol:21, ISSN:1438-8871

Avila-Palencia I, Int Panis L, 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

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