Pnina O. Plaut is an Associated Prof. at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning in the Technion and Head of the Center for City and Regional Studies-CCRS. She holds a BSc in Civil Engineering, MSc in Urban and Regional Planning from the Technion, and a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Plaut is leading a research group at the CCRS devoted to the investigation of “health promoting environments” focusing on the impact of the built environment on health including: “active” transport and active living by design.
Prof. Plaut was the Initiator and Chair of the EU TUD COST Action TU1305 titled: Social Networks and Travel Behaviour, involving researchers from 31 EU Countries.
The group explored ways in which social activities become mobilized in space and identified how ICT social ties affect the integration of local public transport into urban patterns. As a partner in a consortium project funded by EU Horizon 2020, she investigated mobility innovations for a new dawn in sustainable European transport systems. Plaut is currently involved in the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s (EIT)- MOBiLus, in the field of “Urban Mobility” and in the Israeli Smart Transportation Research Center. She is a co-editor of a book titled “Digital Social Networks and Travel Behaviour in Urban Environments”, published by Routledge press in 2019. Plaut has published her work in leading international academic and professional journals and has presented her research at major academic and professional international conferences.
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Urban mobility and new technologies
- Transportation and telecommunication interrelationships
- ICT social networks and travel behavior
- The impact of autonomous vehicles on urban transformations
Transportation and urban land uses
- The impact of transportation on real-estate values and urban structure
- The interrelations between types of land uses, travel decisions and environmental quality
“Active” transport, the built environment, and human health (“the healthy city”)