Jesus M. Barajas

Jesus M. Barajas

Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy

University of California, Davis

About me

I am an assistant professor of Environmental Science and Policy and affiliated faculty at the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. My research at the intersection of transportation planning/policy and environmental justice addresses how systems of inequities influence travel behavior and how policymakers can and should respond. I have led projects on topics including travel behavior, transportation safety, and the implications of policing on transportation planning.

Broadly speaking, in my research I’m interested in three main questions: Why and how do people travel? What accounts for the differences we see in travel behavior and safety, particularly for people of color and other marginalized groups? And what do those differences mean for equity and justice in planning and policy?

I accept UC Davis PhD and Masters students through the Transportation Technology and Policy, Community Development, and Geography graduate groups. Prospective students with interests in transportation equity and mobility justice should feel free to get in touch.