Dr. Lucia Mejia Dorantes

Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Researcher

Work Experience

Dr. Lucia Mejia Dorantes finished her civil engineering studies in the University of Mexico (UNAM). She continued her education with a master’s diploma in Business engineering and construction in the University of Madrid (UPM), and later on she worked as a junior researcher in the Transport Research Centre (TRANSyT) in the same University where she completed her Ph.D. with the title "Transportation infrastructure impacts on house prices and firms’ location: The effect of a new metro line in the suburbs of Madrid" (Cum-Laude, Doctor Europeus, and also honoured with the extraordinary doctoral thesis award of the UPM). During her doctoral studies she collaborated with other institutions and research centres as a visiting researcher, such as the World Bank, the School of Geography & Earth Sciences from McMaster University Canada, and the Transport Studies Unit from the University of Oxford with successful results.

In June 2011 Dr. Mejia Dorantes joined the Department of Transport Economics and Sociology of the IFSTTAR (French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks) as a post-doctoral researcher in Lille where she worked in the case study of the old coal mining area of the Nord-Pas de Calais Region to analyse the ex-ante effects of a new tramway system using qualitative and quantitative techniques. She has specialized on the assessment of the long term effects of a transport infrastructure and especially to the impact on house prices and firms’ location using spatial analysis, along with ex-ante and ex-post techniques. Her work has been presented in several well known conferences, and published in different international journals.

Since March 2013 she has been working for the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research in the Sustainability and Infrastructure System Unit.

Focus of research

Her research interests are: urban transportation, planning and economics, spatial analysis, transport policy, long term effects, and new mobility concepts along with qualitative and quantitative techniques.

Publications

Journal Articles

Mejia Dorantes, Lucia; Martin Ramos, Belén (2013): Mapping firmographic mobility. A case study in the region of Madrid, Spain. Special issue: Mapping Innovations in Spatial Demography. Journal of Maps Vol. 9, 55-63 DOI:10.1080/17445647.2013.778799 Taylor and Francis UK.

Mejia Dorantes, Lucia; Paez, Antonio; Vassallo Magro, José Manuel (2012): Transportation infrastructure impacts on firm location: The effect of a new metro line in the suburbs of Madrid. Journal of Transport Geography Vol. 22, 236-250 USA.

Mejia Dorantes, L.; Paez, A. & Vassallo, J. M. (2011): Analysis of House Prices to Assess Economic Impacts of New Public Transport Infrastructure. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2245(1), 131-139. TRB USA.

Book Chapters

Mejia Dorantes, Lucia (in-progress). Chapter 21: The Impact of the new metro on business activity around stations. An International Handbook on Transport and Development. Eds. Hickman, Givoni, Bonilla and Banister. University of Oxford. Transport Studies Unit. Edward Elgar.

Mejia Dorantes, L. & Vassallo-Magro, J. M. (2010): Financing Urban Transport Through Value Capture. Eds. Rauch, Morrison and Monzon. Highway and Urban Environment: Alliance for global sustainability bookseries. Vol. 17, 15-21. Springer.

Conferences and Seminars

Mejia Dorantes, Lucia (2013): Transportation infrastructure impacts house prices and firms´ location: The effect of a new metro line in the suburbs of Madrid. Transportation Research Board 92th annual meeting (TRB) 2013, Washington DC.

Mejia Dorantes, Lucia; Heddebaut, Odile (2012): Land value appraisal for a new tramway project in Lille, France 10th Transport Engineering Conference (CIT2012). Granada, Spain 20-22 June.

Mejia Dorantes, Lucia; Heddebaut, Odile (2012): Firmographic analysis in the previous coal mining area of Lens in the French Nord-Pas-de-Calais Region. Building the urban future and transit oriented development (BUFTOD2012). Paris, France 16-17 April.

Mejia Dorantes, Lucia; Heddebaut, Odile (2011): Ex-ante and Ex-post assessment of a new tramway in a deprived area in the outskirts of Lille. Nectar Cluster 6 meeting on "Accessibility and Spatial Planning". Madrid, Spain 14-15 October.

Mejia Dorantes, Lucia (2011): Madrid metro line 12: Lessons learned at the suburbs of Madrid. ECTRI meeting TWG-G meeting. France, September 30th.

Mejia Dorantes, Lucia; Paez, Antonio; Vassallo Magro, José Manuel (2011): Transportation Spatial location of firms. Are they influenced by public transport infrastructure? Findings of Madrid metro line 12 Nectar "Smart Networks–Smooth Transport–Smiling People". Anvers, 18-20 May.

Mejia Dorantes, Lucia; Paez, Antonio; Vassallo Magro, José Manuel (2011): Transportation infrastructure impacts on firm location: The effect of a new metro line in the suburbs of Madrid. Transportation Research Board 90th annual meeting. Proceedings TRB 2011, Washington DC.

Mejia Dorantes, Lucia; Paez, Antonio; Vassallo Magro, José Manuel (2011): Analyzing house prices to assess economic impacts of new public transport infrastructure: Madrid metro line 12. Transportation Research Board 90th annual meeting. Proceedings TRB 2011, Washington DC.

Mejia Dorantes, Lucia; Paez, Antonio; Vassallo Magro, José Manuel (2010): Analyzing house prices to assess economic benefits due to a new public transport infrastructure: Madrid Metro line 12. XVI Congreso Panamericano de Ingeniería del Transporte y Logística Proceedings PANAM, Lisbon.

Mejia Dorantes, Lucia; Vassallo Magro, José Manuel; Paez, Antonio (2010): Assessment of the influence due to a new metro line on the promotion of business activities around the stations: A case study of Metrosur in Madrid 12º World Conference on Transport Research. Proceedings WCTR, Lisbon, Portugal, 13 July.

Mejia Dorantes, Lucia; Vassallo Magro, José Manuel (2010): Análisis de la aglomeración de actividades comerciales debido a una infraestructura de transporte público: Caso Metrosur IX Congreso de Ingeniería del Transporte (CIT). Madrid, 7-9 July.

Mejia Dorantes, Lucia; Vassallo Magro, José Manuel (2008): Financing urban transport through value capture. 9th Highway and Urban Environment Symposium (HUES). Madrid, Spain, 10 June 2008.

Mejia Dorantes, Lucia, Vassallo, José Manuel (2008): Estrategias para utilizar los beneficios generados por las infraestructuras como medio para su financiación. VIII Congreso de Ingeniería del Transporte CIT A, Coruña, Spain, 2-4 July 2008.

Research reports

Mejia Dorantes, Lucia; Muñoz, Ramón (2009): The Colombian approach to Urban Mass Transit infrastructure financing through value-capture: progress to date. TRANSyT Working papers T WP-2009-01-EN Online in: www.transyt.upm.es.