Half the world’s population now lives in urban areas and this presents both challenges and opportunities. My background is in planning and anthropology and I think this is a good combination for trying to understand the complex inter-relationships that exist in cities.

I have worked for Arup for more than twenty years. In recent years I have undertaken research on urbanisation for Arup's Drivers of Change programme and research on urban mobility for the World Economic Forum. I have also worked with the C40 Cities on a programme of UrbanLife workshops to address climate change and resilience and the UK Government on low emission vehicles. My current work is with local authorities looking at how transport can help shape more liveable towns and cities. 

I am also a Trustee at Living Streets – the national charity that stands up for pedestrians, working to create safe, attractive, enjoyable streets where it’s great to walk.

Follow @susanclaris on Twitter