Born in 1955 in Stuttgart, Germany, the professional scientific career of Barbara Lenz started
in 1989 when she became a senior researcher at the Institute of Geography at the University
of Stuttgart (Baden-Wuerttemberg). Barbara’s main research topics laid within economic
geography and ICT related topics: the diffusion of ICT in private households and firms on the
one hand and the impact of ICT on travel or transport, on the other. In this research field she
acquired several major projects on both the EU and the national level (EU: METASA, MIND,
IMAGINE, national level: MOBILIST, TELELAND), but also smaller projects on the
regional level financed by local or regional authorities.
In 2001 Barbara Lenz changed to the DLR (Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt =
German Aerospace Centre) Institute of Transport Research in Berlin. Since then, her main
topics of research are:
− economic structure and freight transport demand,
− ICT & mobility,
− acceptance of traffic information and mobility services (private and business users).
From 2003-2007 Barbara Lenz held a professorship on transport geography at the
Geographical Institute of the Humboldt University, Berlin.
In January 2007, she became director of the DLR-Institute of Transport Research in Berlin-
Adlershof. Since August 2007 she holds a professorship at the Technical University, Berlin.
Barbara Lenz is involved in highly qualified national and international expert groups on
transport, infrastructure and territorial development and on mobility management. She is
regularly invited to share her experience with projects and high standard research networks.
Currently, she is member of an international expert group on ICT and mobility behaviour,
supported by the University of Utrecht (NL), of the Conseil Scientifique of INRETS (Institut
National de Recherche sur les Transports et leur Sécurité), and of the Scientific Committee of
the European transport expert group Mo.Ve. Barbara is also member in several committees of
the US Transport Research Board.