Robert Gallagher is a British urban specialist who has worked for many years in the UK as well as in Bangladesh and other South Asian countries. He has recently been appointed as a Visiting Fellow at the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), BRAC University. At BIGD Robert works with the BIGD researchers particularly with Urban, Climate Change and Environment (UCCE) cluster.
Robert graduated with a Masters in Town and Regional Planning from Sheffield University, UK, and first worked in Bangladesh in 1978 as a Lecturer, then Assistant Professor, in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, BUET. He spent five years teaching urban, rural and transport planning, and supervising Master’s students in their dissertations.
During the 1980’s and 1990’s he worked in Bangladesh as a consultant on a wide range of urban and rural development projects funded by the World Bank, UN, international donors and NGOs. He also, as Visiting Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS), researched and wrote a book on the rickshaws of Bangladesh.
During the 2000’s he worked in the UK as a transport planner on a wide range of sustainable urban transport projects. He has worked at many different levels, from national policies down to the detailed planning and design of local projects. Key achievements during this period included preparing the UK national guidance on ‘planning for cycling’, reviewing national training modules for the Indian Institute of Urban Transport, and leading numerous integrated transport projects around the UK.
Most recently, he worked on ADB-funded urban transport projects in India, and in Dhaka and Khulna, and in co-operation with BRAC University, produced a 75-page report on ‘The Benefits and Costs of Solving Dhaka’s Traffic Congestion’ for the Copenhagen Consensus Center.