[EN] VIDEO : Webinar #3.3 French-American Innovation Day – Cities of Tomorrow : The impact of E-Commerce on Urban Mobility

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This episode, the OST hosted 2 presentations in presence of Dr. Anne Aguilera, Dr. Leslie Belton Chevallier, Dr. Laetitia Dablanc , Dr. Jean-Daniel Saphores and Dr. Alison Conway, who collectively presented their research work in studying the impact of e-commerce on urban mobility behavior and logistics. In their presentations, the researchers shared some insights on the development of e-commerce in France and in the US, looking at the differences in adoption rate and habits. They also discuss some of the methodologies employed and challenges encountered in their work, especially in regard to data collection.

At the program (with timestamps) :

00:00 : Online shopping and mobility practices in France and in the US
Anne Aguilera, Leslie Belton Chevallier and Jean-Daniel Saphores

35:02 : E-commerce logistics in New York and Paris
Laetitia Dablanc and Alison Conway

Below, short summaries about the speakers in order of appearance :

Dr. Leslie Belton Chevallier

Laboratoire Dynamiques Economiques et Sociales des Transports

Research interests :

– Practices of mobility and immobility on a daily basis (activity programs, support, supplies, etc.) and throughout life (socialization and biographical trajectories for the use of transport modalities, more specifically for the car)

– Impacts of Information and Communication Technologies (e-commerce, shared mobility, etc.)

– Epistemology of methods (qualitative and / or quantitative)

Sociologist by training, Leslie’s work mobilizes qualitative (narrative approaches to everyday life and the life cycle, observations) and quantitative (ENTD, English Panel, etc.) while remaining at the interface of complementary disciplinary approaches (sociology, geography, planning and town planning).


Civil engineer and PhD in Transport Economics (University of Lyon, France), Anne Aguilera is currently Deputy Director of the Department of Planning, Mobility and Environment at the University Gustavel Eiffel (France), and senior researcher at LVMT (City, Mobility, Transportation Laboratory).

Research interests :

– The impact of ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) and digitalization on transport systems, transport policies and mobility practices: teleworking, e-shopping, bike-sharing, carpooling, ridehailing, etc.

– The impact of autonomous vehicles on lifetsyles and travel behaviour

– The travel behaviour of people in urban and peri-urban areas

Dr. Jean-Daniel Saphores

Ph.D., Resource and Environmental Economics, Cornell University, 1997

M.A., Economics, Cornell University, 1994

M.S., Environmental Systems Engineering, Cornell University, 1994

M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1989

Ingénieur Civil, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC), 1988

Research interests :

Jean-Daniel focuses on transportation and environmental systems, which he analyzes using statistical and economic methods, combined with simulation and optimization tools. His active research interests include transportation and the environment (especially as it relates to air pollution and energy use), travel behavior analysis, alternative fuel vehicles, automated vehicles, transit use, sustainable infrastructure management, as well as decision making under uncertainty using real options.

Dr. Alison CONWAY

Dr. Alison Conway is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the City College of New York. She is also an associated researcher to MetroFreight, a Volvo Research and Education Foundations Center of Excellence in Urban Freight. She currently serves as Chair of the ASCE Transportation and Development Institute’s (T&DI) Freight and Logistics Committee, as Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB’s) Freight Data Committee, and as a member of TRB’s Urban Freight Committee.

Dr. Laetitia DABLANC


Dr. Laetitia Dablanc, an urban planner, is a Director of Research at the University Gustave Eiffel in Paris where she heads the Logistics City Chair. She leads the Young Initiative of the World Conference of Transport Research Society. She is a member of MetroFreight, an international network of research on urban freight sponsored by VREF. Her areas of research are freight transportation, freight and the environment, urban freight and logistics, freight policies, spatial issues related to logistics. Laetitia received a PhD in transportation planning from Ecole des Ponts-ParisTech, and a Master’s degree in city and regional planning from Cornell University. She was initially trained in policy analysis and economics at Science Po Paris. Dr. Dablanc has authored or co-authored numerous publications on freight transportation. She participates regularly in scientific, institutional and business meetings as well as in the media.


Maxence Balsalobre
Deputy Attaché for Science and Technology, Washington D.C.
New Technologies of Information, Communication & Security
[email protected]


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