Peter Bird is PhD candidate at the Eindhoven University of Technology (2022-2026), focusing on comparing sustainable mobility transitions in the Netherlands and the United States. He is particularly interested in the experience of practicing urban planners, and how city-level urban planning and governance can adapt to enable transitions to sustainable urban mobility. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from Brigham Young University in 2010 and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado Denver in 2016.
After graduating Peter worked first in bicycle advocacy in Denver, then leading active mobility planning, policy, and infrastructure projects for the city of Nashville. In 2020, he joined the Robert Bosch Foundation’s Transatlantic Fellowship Program, moving to Berlin to compare active mobility planning and policy work in the United States and Germany. His research interests are rooted in the practice of urban planning and governance, with a focus on the experience of practicing planners.