Robin King

Director, Urban Development and Accessibility


Dr. Robin King is the Director of Urban Development and Accessibility for EMBARQ.

She is working to integrate urban development and accessibility issues into broader transport projects across the network, increasing collaboration and knowledge sharing across centers, and working closely with the Health and Road Safety and Research and Practice teams to better capture the impacts of EMBARQ's work.

Prior to joining EMBARQ in January 2012, Dr. King worked as Principal Research Scholar at the Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), in Bangalore, where she helped lead the Next Generation Infrastructure Laboratory from August 2008 through December 2011. At CSTEP, she worked on projects including a study of the urban poor based on a survey of slums in Bangalore focusing on links between livelihood, mobility, and shelter and institutional aspects of transportation policy in Bangalore and Ahmedabad. She also is a non-resident Associate at the School of Foreign Service (SFS) at Georgetown University, where she taught courses on International Political Economy, trade negotiations, country risk analysis, international banking, and the digital economy.

Previously, she served as Academic Director of the Masters Program in Latin American Studies in SFS at Georgetown, and held posts at the G7 Group, the Organization of American States, the US Department of State, and Mellon Bank. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She spent a year as a Rotary Exchange student in Oruro, Bolivia, and more than a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico.


  • Marol is a suburban district on the edge of the megacity of Mumbai, India. EMBARQ India works to identify urban design strategies that better connect residents to goods and opportunities in the city center. Photo by Brijindra Singh/Flickr. All Rights Reserved.

    Reimagining Mumbai's Marol district

    Creating compact, inclusive, and livable communities
  • The twin cities of Hubli and Dharwad are the second largest metropolitan area in the southwestern state of Karnakata, India, and have been growing at a rapid pace. Photo by EMBARQ India.

    Shaping Hubli-Dharwad as a connected city

    Transit-oriented development revitalizes India's twin cities
  • 250 streets in Istanbul's historic peninsula are now car-free and pedestrian-friendly. The transformation has improved air quality, reduced traffic congestion, and improved pedestrian safety in the city. Photo by Ozgur Guvenc/Shutterstock.

    The pedestrianization of historic Istanbul

    Revitalizing public space and public life by decreasing traffic congestion

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