Trivik Verma

Education: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), PhD, Human Mobility Technical University of Delft, M.S., Complex Systems Manipal University, B.E., Computer Science

After finishing his dissertation at ETH Zurich on understanding global human mobility patterns, Trivik went on a self-supported filmmaking expedition to Ladakh, India, with National Geographic Young Explorer Tyler Wilkinson Ray. Together, they reported on a tribe of ultrarunners who deliver mail to the remotest parts of the Himalayan desert on foot. In addition to research in India and Europe, Trivik spent many years pursuing expedition climbing and photographing and later returned home to India to direct his passion for adventure photography, anthropology, and science into a technology-driven startup dedicated to sustainable travel and authentic journalism. He is now a Professor of Urban Policy at the Policy Analysis Institute of Delft University, The Netherlands, where he teaches and researches urban inequalities and citizen participation in decision making. Some of his work has been published in Nature and featured in MIT Technology Review and The Telegraph. He has led multiple National Geographic programs to the Canadian Arctic, Namibia, and India, and has traveled to many countries in Africa, Europe, Asia, and America for climbing, snowboarding, skydiving, and freediving.