Michael Montilla

PhD Candidate, City and Regional Planning
Graduate Student Researcher, Institute of Urban and Regional Development
University of California, Berkeley
CSTMS Research Unit: Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies, CSTMS, Designated Emphasis in STS
Affiliation period: December 2021 -
Degrees Master of Science in Urban Planning :: Columbia University (2019)
Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies (Economics) :: Harvard University (2017)

Research Areas

I study how emerging transportation technologies influence cities and society. Specifically, I am currently working on two projects. The first is concerned with the underlying conditions necessary for widespread use of self-driving vehicles, and how these conditions engage with and reify social and economic stratification and societal norms through logistical processes and automation. The second explores speculative projections of metropolitan transportation demands being satisfied through new forms of shared mobility by investigating how the use and ownership of personal vehicles changed (and is changing) with introduction of app-based ride-hailing (such as Uber or Lyft) with a particular focus on how such changes varied across levels of transit access.

I strive to further our understanding of how transportation serves and shapes society and the places people live. I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and raised mostly between Miami, Florida and the outskirts of London. Since then I have lived in Orlando, Boston, New York City, and now sunny California. I actually studied music engineering, history, and psychology before discovering how city planners study transportation, and I have quite possibly an unhealthy fascination with roller coasters, rugby, and old Food Network shows. Please reach out if you'd like to chat about transportation, cities, or any of my interests (research or otherwise), and we'll schedule a time to meet.

Email: MichaelMontilla@Berkeley.edu
Twitter: @MontyPlanning

last updated: March 13th, 2022