Dr Debbie Hopkins is an environmental sociologist and human geographer, working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Sustainability (CSAFE), University of Otago, New Zealand.  Debbie is interested in the social and environmental geographies of travel and transportation, as well as geographies of mobilities. Debbie is leading two workstreams; Generation Y Mobilities and Urban Freight, as well as contributing to the Future Transport study.

The Generation Y Mobilities workstream is investigating changing patterns of generation Y mobility in New Zealand, situating this research within the global context. During 2014, 51 semi-structured interviews were conducted across New Zealand with 18-35 year olds to investigate this learn to drive perceptions and behaviours, perceptions of transport modes, and travel substitution, a report from this research will be available in May 2015. A younger cohort of generation Y is being investigated through the Built Environment and Active Transport to School (BEATS) project led by Dr Sandy Mandic (School of Physical Education).

The BEATS project is an interdisciplinary, mixed method study employing quantitative surveys of high school students, qualitative focus groups with students, parents, and school teachers, and semi structured interviews with school principals.  All Dunedin high schools are partic