Border Trade Advisory Committee

Lisa Loftus-OtwayLisa Loftus-Otway

Research Scientist - University of Texas at Austin
Center for Transportation Research

Lisa Loftus-Otway, attorney at law (New York licensed) is a research scientist at the Center for Transportation Research at the University of Texas at Austin, and is the assistant director for research at the Center for Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions, a tier 1 USDOT university transportation center.

Prior to arriving in the U.S., she worked in the public and private sector in the U.K. and South Africa.

Loftus-Otway's education background includes a LLB in law, master's in international environmental law from the University of Nottingham and a master's in public affairs from the LBJ School of Public Policy at UT-Austin. Lisa is an active member of the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS).

She is currently a board member of WTS international. She served as the heart of Texas chapter president in 2013-2014, and was the 2016 Woman of the Year. Lisa also served on the Texas Exes Advisory Council for five years and was the LBJ Austin Alumni Association president.

Loftus-Otway's research portfolio focuses on the intersection of transportation law and policy, freight planning, railroad preservation and protection, mega-regions and inter-regional planning, the law of automated and connected vehicles, environmental and land use policy and environmental justice.

She has led teams on over forty research projects for clients including FHWA, USDOT, TRB, DHS and in Texas for TxDOT, NCTCOG and the city of Austin. She has presented her research and moderated panels at South by Southwest, APA, TRB, NASCO, FRA, Class I Railroads Annual Legislative Affairs Conference, Association of Pacific Ports, Association of Transportation Law Professionals and many others.