Julia Bird is a Postdoctoral Research Economist at Oxford University. She completed a PhD focusing on infrastructure and the spatial development of Brazil, at Toulouse School of Economics. She is a member of a joint LSE/Oxford University research project on Urbanisation in Africa. Her research focuses on understanding the location choices of individuals and firms within and across urban areas, and in particular, how these spatial patterns are affected by transport infrastructure. Current work in progress includes a study on the impacts of a new bypass in Kampala, Uganda, on firm location and growth, and research on residential location choice in Nairobi, Kenya.