Anna Plyushteva

Research staff

  • Current position MSCA Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Contact Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Department of Geography
    Faculty of Sciences
    Building F – Room 4.71
    Pleinlaan 2
    BE-1050 Brussels
  • Phone +32 (0)2 629 2828
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Anna is an urban and transport geographer focusing on public transport, night-time work, and commuting. In 2016 she completed her PhD (University College London) on the expansion of the metro network in Sofia, Bulgaria, and its impact on the journey to work. Following her PhD, she worked at the Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford, researching the gender and life course dimensions of everyday mobility in London and Manila. In her current role as Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Cosmopolis, Anna studies commuting in urban shift work. In particular, she examines the role of night-time public transport in the mobility of people employed in the hospitality and catering sectors in Brussels and Sofia. She is interested in critical and mixed-method approaches to urban mobility, and in perspectives which bring together affordability and sustainability concerns around transport.

Previous employment:

2016 - Researcher, Transport Studies Unit, University of Oxford

2014-2015 - Researcher, Transport Institute, University College London

2012-2016 - Teaching Assistant, University College London

2012 - Visiting Lecturer, University of Amsterdam

Educational background

2011-2016        PhD Human Geography, University College London

2008-2009        MSc International Development Studies, University of Amsterdam

Key publications

Cook, S et al “Co-Producing Mobilities (2016) : negotiating geographical knowledge in a conference session on the move” Journal of Geography in Higher Education: 1-35.

Plyushteva, A. "The Sofia Metro," in Dobraszczyk, P, C Galviz and B Garrett (eds.) (2016) Undergrounds: Exploring Cities Within, Clerkenwell: Reaktion.

Plyushteva, A. "Commuting with Others: Infrastructures and Interactions in Public Transport Space", (2016) in Griffiths, S and A von Lunen (eds.) Spatial Cultures, Aldershot: Ashgate.

Barnfield A and A Plyushteva (2015) "Cycling in the Post-socialist City: On Travelling by Bicycle in Sofia, Bulgaria,” Urban Studies: 1-14.

Yalachkov Y, MJ Naumer and A Plyushteva (2014) The Compulsive Habit of Cars. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 18(5): 227-228.