Upcoming Events

Jan 28, 2015 1:00 PM, 115 Avery Hall

Motivations for Motorcycle Adoption As Urban Travel in Latin America: A Qualitative Study

Speaker: Jonas Hagen, Ph.D. Candidate in Urban Planning, Columbia University

Motorcycle mode use in Latin American cities has grown significantly in recent years. Using qualitative methods, the researchers aimed to understand perspectives of motorcycle mode users that might contribute to this growth in six cities: Barranquilla, Bogotá (Colombia), São Paulo, Recife (Brazil), Caracas (Venezuela), and Buenos Aires (Argentina). Researchers used semi-structured interviews and focus groups to gather data from six categories of motorcycle users: motorcycle taxi drivers, motorcycle taxi users, motorcyclists for private use, motorcyclists for goods delivery in urban areas, owners in the process of selling their motorcycles, and potential motorcyclists (those seeking to buy motorcycles). Common themes emerged across the six cities, including the time advantage that motorcycles offered versus public transportation and congested auto traffic, the reasonable cost of motorcycles versus other transport modes, the culture of motorcycle use, and the vulnerability of motorcyclists to traffic injury and death. In the analysis of the data, the authors identify the main factors for motorcycle adoption and use, compare the results to existing literature, and outline emerging issues for future research.

Jan 29, 2015 1:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.

2015 ILAS Summer Travel Grants Information Session

Come learn about the Institute of Latin American Studies Research and Internship Travel Grants for 2015.

We’ll answer questions about the application process, deadlines and requirements. These grants are open to all Columbia University Graduate and Undergraduate students.

For more information, please contact Eliza at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Jan 30, 2015 11:00 AM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.

The Untold Story of a Revolutionary Barbershop: Texts and Reading Networks in La Guaira, Venezuela, 1797

Speaker: Cristina Soriano, Villanova University

This event is part of the New York City Latin American Workshop.

Feb 05, 2015 1:00 PM, International Affairs Building Room 802, 420 West 118th St.

The Role of Agriculture in Brazilian Development

Speaker: Jose Vieira Fihlo, Institute of Applied Economic Research 

Brazil used to be a net importer of food until the 1980s. However, over the past fifty years, intensive use of science and technology resulted in dramatic gains in productivity. Even though the technological breakthroughs have played an important role in production, the green revolution cannot be understood solely as a transfer process of technology. Induced innovation based on local innovation and institutional change was central to Brazil becoming one of the world’s largest food exporters. Nonetheless, the success of Brazilian agriculture in recent years was not enough to develop all regions and diminish productive inequalities.

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