BiographyMy research focuses on the ‘politics of mobility’ and examines how culture, politics, and economics shape urban transportation. I am motivated by the need for de“car”bonization of urban transport through car free and car-light policies. My geographic emphasis has been in Europe and North America but I am interested in all efforts to build car free and cycling cities around the world, and in narratives about future mobility.
My most recent work: Street Fights in Copenhagen: Bicycle and Car Politics in a Green Mobility Capital. https://www.routledge.com/Street-Fights-in-Copenhagen-Bicycle-and-Car-Politics-in-a-Green-Mobility/Henderson-Gulsrud/p/book/9781138334892
Street Fights in Copenhagen is based on 3 years of extensive research in Copenhagen, Denmark, which is a widely recognized leader in climate change mitigation and urban sustainability.
In 2018 I was a visiting research professor at the Institute of Geography and Center for North American Studies at Heidelberg University. At Heidelberg I examined the politics of transportation in German cities, taught a seminar on global transportation, and gave guest lectures on research in Copenhagen and San Francisco.
Parallel research includes a critical look at narratives about future mobility such as electric cars, driverless cars, and transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber and Lyft. I’m currently examining the energy, environmental, and social assumptions of electric car promotion and the potential impacts of electric cars on cities.
At SF State I teach Comparative Global Transportation, Urban Transportation, Land Use Planning and Policy, and Introduction to Human Geography.
Previous research includes Street Fight: The Politics of Mobility in San Francisco (2013), and Low Car (bon) Communities: Inspiring Car-Free and Car Light Urban Futures (2016) and articles in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Antipode, Urban Geography, the Journal of Transport Geography and several book chapters in academic books on sustainable transportation and the politics of the automobile.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Urban Transportation in the US and Europe; Comparative Global Transport; Politics of Mobility; Bicycle and Car Politics; Public Transit; Parking; Energy and Climate impacts of Mobility and Transport; Movements Creating Car Free and Car Light Cities.
I enjoy cycling the hills of San Francisco and the California Coast and collecting maps - especially cycling and public transport maps.