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Juan Pablo Orjuela

Senior Research Associate and Executive Education Programme Director, University of Oxford

Juan Pablo is a research associate in urban mobility in the PEAK project, an academic partnership between five international universities based in China, Colombia, India, South Africa and the United Kingdom that seeks to improve urban futures through co-production research. As part of PEAK, he is exploring ways to assess how transport alternatives provide different accessibility levels to health services and healthy lifestyles.

Juan Pablo completed his PhD in environmental research at Imperial College London in 2018 where he worked on different methodologies to evaluate personal exposure and inhaled doses of air pollutants in various microenvironments. He worked at the Clean Air Institute in Washington D.C. where he conducted the evaluation of several transport projects in Latin America aimed at reducing greenhouse gas and local air pollutant emissions. He holds an MSc in Environmental Technologies from Imperial College, an MEng in Environmental Engineering, bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering, and bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.


  • 2021–present
    Senior research associate, University of Oxford
  • 2019–2021
    Research associate, University of Oxford
  • 2019–2019
    Short-term consultant, World Bank
  • 2016–2016
    Project assistant, Universidad de los Andes
  • 2014–2014
    Research assistant, Imperial College
  • 2012–2014
    Climate change and Transport Specialist, Clean Air Institute


  • 2019 
    Imperial College, PhD
  • 2014 
    Imperial College, MSc
  • 2012 
    Universidad de los Andes, MEng
  • 2010 
    Universidad de los Andes, BA environmental engineering
  • 2009 
    Universidad de los Andes, BA chemical engineering


  • 2021
    A paradox of traffic and extra cars in a city as a collective behaviour, Royal Society Open Science
  • 2021
    The effects of traveling in different transport modes on galvanic skin response (GSR) as a measure of stress: An observational study, Environment International
  • 2021
    The climate change mitigation effects of daily active travel in cities, Transportation Research Part D
  • 2019
    Effects of physical activity and air pollution on blood pressure, Environmental Research
  • 2019
    Transport most likely to cause air pollution peak exposures in everyday life: T Evidence from over 2000 days of personal monitoring, Atmospheric Environment
  • 2018
    European cyclists' travel behavior: Differences and similarities between seven European (PASTA) cities, Journal of Transport & Health
  • 2018
    Transport mode choice and body mass index: Cross-sectional and T longitudinal evidence from a European-wide study, Environment International
  • 2018
    Concern over health effects of air pollution is associated to NO2 in seven European cities, Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health
  • 2018
    The effects of transport mode use on self-perceived health, mental health, T and social contact measures: A cross-sectional and longitudinal study, Environment International
  • 2018
    Short-term effects of physical activity, air pollution and their interaction on the cardiovascular and respiratory system, Environment International
  • 2017
    Wearable Sensors for Personal Monitoring and Estimation of Inhaled Traffic-Related Air Pollution: Evaluation of Methods, Environmental Science & Technology
  • 2017
    Comparison of air pollution exposures in active vs. passive travel modes in European cities: A quantitative review, Environment International
  • 2017
    Physical activity and sedentary behaviour in daily life: A comparative analysis of the Global Physical Activity Questionnaire (GPAQ) and the SenseWear armband, PLOS One
  • 2017
    Linking a transport dynamic model with an emissions model to aid air pollution evaluations of transport policies in Latin America, Transportmetrica B: Transport Dynamics
  • 2015
    Physical Activity through Sustainable Transport Approaches (PASTA): protocol for a multi-centre, longitudinal study, BMC Public Health