Working as a transport planner for a local authority: challenges and opportunities in Birmingham

As part of the ITS 50th anniversary celebrations, we welcome back alumna Ioanna Moscholidou, MSc Sustainability in Transport 2014, as our guest speaker today.

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Ioanna Moscholidou graduated from ITS with her MSc Sustainability in Transport in 2014 and is now a Transport Planning Manager at Birmingham City Council, leading on transport policy and strategy. Previously she has worked for National Highways, focusing on strategic planning of highway schemes. Prior to that she worked as a transport planner at WYG (now TetraTech), which is where she started as a graduate in late 2014. She is currently about to finish her part-time PhD in Transport Governance at ITS and also has a MEng in Rural and Surveying Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Abstract: Working for a local authority is exciting and challenging but often not the top choice when finishing a Masters - her presentation will try to fix this! She will talk about how being a local authority officer compares to working in the private sector, the skills you need and the skills you develop, and her personal experience in getting a management role in transport policy. She will also talk about the work she does at Birmingham City Council, their exciting and ambitious plans for transport, and some of the upcoming job opportunities available. 

There will be a Q&A session at the end of the presentation curated by Prof Greg Marsden, Professor of Transport Governance, and everyone is encouraged to participate.

Please ensure your camera and microphone are switched off during the presentation to help preserve bandwidth and minimise any disruptions.

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We look forward to seeing you.