Celebrating our Women of Achievement

Professor Karen Lucas has received a Women of Achievement award from the University, which recognises outstanding research, teaching, scholarship and professional achievement.

The Women of Achievement awards reflect the significant contribution and impact that women - both staff and students - have made across the University and beyond.  The awards are part of the University’s commitment to further promote gender equality and support the career development of talented women in all areas of the organisation.  The 2016 recipients will be awarded the title at a special celebration event on Tuesday 8 March, coinciding with International Women’s Day.

Karen is the Institute’s Director of Research and Innovation and was appointed Professor of Transport and Social Analysis in September of this year. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Edward L. Ullman award by the Association of American Geographers for her work on transport and social inclusion. 


She joined the University of Leeds in September 2013, leading the Institute’s Sustainable Transport Policy Group. Completing an ESRC Mid-Career Fellowship Award (2012-2014) she has also been instrumental in furthering the careers of her colleagues, particularly though initiatives for early career researchers.

Of her many other accolades, Karen’s training on ‘Designing Socially inclusive Transport Projects’ for the Asian Development Bank (ADB) received an ADB training award, with commendation as an "excellent and timely training workshop that covered key social sustainability dimensions of ADB's work, and for adopting a highly-interactive format."  

Karen provides a strong role model for all those within Institute and beyond; her commitment to equality and inclusion was evident in her recent Inaugural Professorial Lecture - One step beyond: questing for sustainable mobilities in the global north and south.

The University has published a special book to mark the extraordinary Women of Achievement, who represent a range of service and academic disciplines, ranging from corporate services, arts, business and humanities to mathematics, medicine, environment and engineering. Read more.