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Motor enthusiasm: enduring attachments to the privacy, autonomy and comfort of driving

  • Fredas 107-109 Regent Street Redfern, NSW, 2016 Australia (map)

The private car is implicated in global harm such as climate change, respiratory illness and even coronary heart disease. And yet we continue to drive. This talk will present the results of an in-depth and qualitative investigation into the motives and practices of Sydney-siders who happily drive long distances to work. 

Why is it so hard to give up car based travel? Dr Jennifer Kent, the University of Sydney, and Giovanni Cirillo, Director Planning Lab will be addressing Sydney’s love of the private car.


Free event. Register here.


Dr Jennifer Kent


Dr Jennifer Kent is a University of Sydney Research Fellow in the Urban and Regional Planning program at the University of Sydney. Jennifer’s research interests are at the intersections between urban planning, transport and human health and she publishes regularly in high ranking scholarly journals. Her work has been used to inform policy development in NSW and Australia, including Sydney's most recent metropolitan strategy – A Plan for Growing Sydney. Prior to commencing a career in academia she worked as a town planner in NSW in both local government and as a consultant.


Giovanni Cirillo

Former Executive Director of Urban Renewal and Major Sites at the NSW Department of Planning, Giovanni Cirillo is currently the Director of Planning Lab. Giovanni is a graduate of the University of Sydney (Master of International Studies) and the University of New England (Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning with Honours, and a Graduate Diploma in Economics). Giovanni was previously the Director of City Planning & Regulatory Services at the City of Sydney. He has worked as a town planner for the last 21 years, mostly in local and state government and more recently in development with the private sector.