Our dear guest researcher from KTH in Stockholm has been home for a month now and is working on the final parts of her study about Curitiba’s BRT system. We invited her to write a short blogpost about her research experience at the Studio:
My name is Klara Bergman and I’m a Civil Engineering student from Stockholm, Sweden. Exactly one year ago I asked a professor at my home institution of Transport Science at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) if he wanted to supervise my master’s thesis and he gladly accepted! So, then I asked if he knew of any place, anywhere but Stockholm, where I could go and write my thesis. He thought for a little bit and then he said: ”Well, maybe you could go to Curitiba in Brazil?” Now, one year later, I’m so incredibly happy that I didn’t even think twice and said ”Yes, let’s do that!”.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and Urban Management and am just now finishing my master’s in Transport and Geoinformation Technology. My KTH supervisor Joel Franklin met my UTFPR supervisor Tatiana Gadda in Curitiba in 2014 through the MoU between Sweden and Brazil, so he immediately thought of her when I asked for a project and a supervisor abroad. The topic of my thesis is the BRT system of Curitiba, and more specifically the connection between land use, socio-demographic factors and BRT ridership.
Curitiba is such a spectacular case study as the BRT system and the land use zoning have been in place for the last 40 years. This means we have a lot of interesting data to analyze when we’re trying to understand how the city is working right know, in relation to what might have been the plan in the 1960’s. I hope to present my thesis in early 2017.
I stayed in Curitiba, working in the Studio, for 10 weeks this early Spring. I was also fortunate enough to arrive just in time for the seminar ”Cidades e Bem-Estar Humano” arranged by the Studio in August. Even though my Portuguese still is, shall we say limited, I had a great time and learned a lot. I was also given the opportunity to give a short presentation in the City Hall about my progress with the research just before I left to go back to Stockholm.
I’ve had an amazing time working in the Studio and in Curitiba, meeting so many helpful students and professors. I love how the Studio is an interdisciplinary space where different sciences can co-exist and take advantage of each other. It always left me inspired at the end of each workday.
Thank you, all of you, for making my time in Curitiba nothing short of wonderful. I couldn’t have asked for a better research-family. Até breve, I’ll be back!