Sustrans win prestigious award at The STAR conference

Irene and Emily following their win

30 May 2019

Sustrans Scotland are pleased to announce that Emily Gait and Irene Tortajada won the award for “Best Paper by a Young Professional” at The Scottish Transport Applications and Research (STAR) conference in Glasgow.

Their paper, ‘the role of collaborative design in delivering inclusive, cohesive and self-sufficient communities’, demonstrates how Sustrans is leading the way in developing people focussed design processes and identifying behaviour change opportunities that are beginning to and could help transform the social and physical health of the communities we are working in.

The STAR Conference is the leading annual event for publishing, assessing and debating innovation and research in transport across Scotland.

Irene Tortajada and Emily Gait, Community Engagement Officers, Street Design, Sustrans Scotland, said:

“We are very pleased to have been awarded the best paper by a young professional at the STAR Conference. It has been a great opportunity to showcase the amazing work of Sustrans Scotland Street Design programme, particularly our ongoing projects empowering communities in areas of deprivation to re-design their neighbourhoods, making them more liveable, inclusive and sustainable.”

The programme committee at STAR said: “What stood out was a genuine, user focussed approach, including rapidly delivered temporary interventions, chosen and maintained by communities to build momentum for more major improvements.”

“The paper demonstrates the importance of context shaped and targeted engagement and the increased value of it in areas of high deprivation in Scotland”

The full paper is available on the STAR website.