Background and activities

I am a PhD- Candidate in Science and Technology Studies (STS) at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, Centre for Technology and Society. I hold a Master’s degree in Culture, Environment and Sustainability from Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), University of Oslo. Where my Master’s project focused on private car restrictions in Guangzhou, China.

The current PhD-project focus on decarbonisation of urban transport in China. Specifically, the role of private companies providing ride hailing and bike-sharing services, and their role in in sustainable transitions. The project looks at how these private companies are being regulated and cooperate with local governments. My research is also focused on how mobile applications are integrated into everyday travel practices and choices.


Research interests:

  • Energy and climate policy
  • Chinese politics and society
  • Sustainable transport systems
  • Airborne pollution
  • Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)
  • Shared Mobility

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Valler, Thea Marie; Korsnes, Marius; Liu, Jiayan; Chen, Yulin. (2021) Community Building through Public Engagement: Variety in Europe and China. Towards Socially Integrative Cities: Perspectives on Urban Sustainability in Europe and China.


  • Suboticki, Ivana; Ryghaug, Marianne; Smeds, Emilia; Valler, Thea Marie; Scherrer, Aline; Haugland, Bård Torvetjønn; von Wirth, Timo. (2021) Transport and Mobility: A Social Sciences and Humanities annotated bibliography. 2021.
  • Valler, Thea Marie. (2017) Curbing Consumption in China: The Vehicle Quota System in Guangzhou. 2017.