Dr. N.M. (Natalia) Barbour


Dr. Natalia Barbour (she/her) is an assistant professor in the department of Technology, Policy and Management and holds a joined appointment in Transport & Logistic and Energy & Industry groups.

Natalia completed her PhD in civil engineering with focus on transportation at the University of South Florida (USF) under the supervision of Prof. Fred Mannering and Prof. Yu Zhang. Her dissertation incorporated statistical and econometric methods to study emerging transportation modes and user behaviour. 

Dr. Barbour did her postdoctoral training at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. She remains MIT research affiliate.


Her research aims to combine social sciences and statistical and econometric modelling to study travel behavior relating to new mobility adoption, mode choice, and transportation and health. In her doctoral work titled “Statistical Analysis of the Role of Socio-Demographic and Health Factors in Shared Mobility Related Behaviours and Usage Likelihoods” she examined and identified groups more and less likely to participate in different modes shared mobility.

At TU Delft, Natalia continues to investigate efficient use of existing resources, sustainability, equity as well as exploring the relationship between transport and energy.

Led the development of MIT edX course titled “Leveraging Urban Mobility Disruptions to Create Better Cities” that aimed to examine mobility and cities through a global and multidisciplinary lens. (2019–2020)


  • 2019 Emerging Leaders in Transportation, New York University (Rudin Center)
  • 2018 Eno Leadership Development Conference Fellow (Conference for the nation’s top 20 graduate students in Transportation, Washington D.C.)
  • 2018 Best Dissertation Award CTECH (Center for Transportation, Environment and Community Health at Cornell University)
  • 2017 Student of the Year Award CTECH UTC (Center for Transportation, Environment and Community Health at Cornell University)

Positions held:

  • Board Member of MIT Postdoctoral Association, 2019–2020
  • Member of MIT Women Advisory Group, 2019–2020
  • Membership Director, WTS Tampa Bay, 2018–2019
  • President and Founder of USF WTS (Woman in Transportation Seminar at the University of South Florida), 2017–2019

Natalia Barbour

Assistant professor

Monday till Friday

Engineering Systems and Services

Transport and Logistics / Energy & Industry

Cherelle Nieuwenhuis

Research interests:
Travel behavior
Transport, health and psychology
Choice modelling
Sustainability & equity in transport and energy
Shared and new mobility

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