Puspita Dirgahayani joined the Institute in October 2010 as a UNU-IAS Postdoctoral Fellow, under the Sustainable Urban Futures Programme. At UNU-IAS, she conducts research on policy instruments and issues for achieving low carbon city in developing countries, particularly related to the transportation sector.
Puspita holds a Bachelor’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB) in Bandung, Indonesia. After graduation, she gained working experiences in the center of urban and regional studies of ITB and the national planning agency (BAPPENAS) as a planner assistant and an expert staff respectively.
She received her Master and Doctoral Degrees from the Department of Urban Engineering, University of Tokyo, Japan. Her doctoral dissertation was entitled “Managing Barriers towards Intermodality Improvement based on Provider and User Perspectives to Promote Commute Mode Shift to Bus Rapid Transit System (Case Study: Jakarta, Indonesia)”. Her research focused on public transport planning and management, travel demand analysis and travel behaviour analysis using web-based stated-preference method.
Prior to joining UNU-IAS, she was working as a researcher in Transportation Laboratory, Department of International Development Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology where she enhanced her knowledge in transportation and climate change, especially land transportation and aviation. Afterwards, she earned a postdoctoral researcher position in Transportation and Urban Engineering Study Unit, Department of Civil Engineering, Yokohama National University. She studied about Japanese bus transit management in achieving sustainable urban transportation system.