Hi, my name is Mischa Young, I am a postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Davis's Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis). My research focuses on emerging transportation technologies and the future mobility – of both goods and individuals – within the urban landscape. Lately, my research has centred on the impacts of ridehailing services (e.g. Uber and Lyft) to help inform regulations and policies to govern this mode effectively. Beyond researching how to leverage new mobility technologies to design more equitable and sustainable cities, I am also an avid cyclist and an urban tree enthusiast!
2016 - 2020
Ph.D. in Urban Planning
University of Toronto
Dissertation: What happens when the Uber tailpipe smoke clears: An examination of the impacts of ridehailing in Canada [Link]*
*Received Outstanding Dissertation Award form the Transportation Geography Speciality Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG)
I am interested in the ways in which transportation policies may be used to modulate travel behaviours. My work explores how such policies may serve to reduce transport inequalities and render cities more liveable and sustainable. Within this research context, I have shown how an increase in transportation costs may reduce the extent of urban sprawl and have proposed policy solutions to increase demand for active modes of travel and to promote shared forms of mobility.
Emerging transportation technologies
The preference for private vehicle ownership that has held true for the better part of the last century is now giving way to a new generation of mobility services and set of ensuing travel behaviours. Within this context, my research explores the social, economic, and environmental ramifications of emerging transportation technologies to inform regulatory decisions and ensure they improve, rather than hinder, societal outcomes.
2013 - 2016
M.Sc. in Urban Studies
Université du Québec à Montréal
Thesis: Parking prices and urban sprawl in Canadian metropolitan areas [Link]
2009 - 2013
B.A. in Economics
2020 - Present
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of California, Davis
Institute of Transportation Studies
3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program
Changes in the movement of goods within cities
Lately, my research has focused on online shopping and other technology-induced transformations to the movement of goods within cities. As part of this research, I am examining whether the recent rise in online shopping has improved or exacerbated existing economic inequalities. I am also conducting research on food delivery applications (e.g., Uber Eats) to establish whether these services, which have arguably served as a lifeline for restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic, will in turn hinder their chances of success going forward.