Leicester academic to lead UN session on transport of the future

Dr Sarah Jane Fox is an expert in transport futures. (Credit: University of Leicester)

University of Leicester’s Dr Sarah Jane Fox will lead a session on sustainable transport at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland this month.

The session is part of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) which is taking place from 27 May until 31 May.

WSIS is a unique two-phase United Nations (UN) summit that was initiated to address the issues raised by information and communication technologies (ICTs) through a structured and inclusive approach.

This year’s summit marks two decades of global digital cooperation to build people-centric, inclusive, and development-oriented information and knowledge societies.

The event will be co-hosted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Swiss Confederation and co-organized with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). 

The UK Government are also contributing to the event. 

Dr Sarah Jane Fox is a lecturer and researcher based in Leicester Law School. She has worked in the field of transport, in particular aviation, for over 25 years.

Prior to entering Higher Education, Dr Fox worked in government roles and in consultancy relating to transport policies and strategy development.

Dr Fox said: "I am delighted to have been selected to lead a session at the United Nations for this very prestigious High-Level Forum event, which marks a key anniversary for global digital transformation.

"During the last twenty years we have been seen many positive developments in terms of world connectivity, which have aided in the advancement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) - and transport has been at the forefront of this.

"My passion has always related to transport and innovation and this session will discuss both the opportunities and challenges of advancing transport modes and systems, including the connectivity to space technologies and the need for environmentally friendly fuelling systems.

"The session will also discuss equality issues and access to transport and what the future holds for our mobility." 

More information about the World Summit on Information Society can be found here.