Sean Santalla (MSP 2013) has been selected to receive the American Public Transportation Foundation’s Florida Public Transportation Association Scholarship. Mr. Santalla was nominated in recognition of his excellent internship performance by Ron Garrison, the General Manager of StarMetro in Tallahassee where Mr. Santalla worked as a Florida Department of Transportation Transit Fellow this past academic year. He will be recognized at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Transportation Association in Seattle in October. Mr.
"Plans to address sea level rise should be flexible and some could wait about five years for science to be more precise, experts said Thursday at a workshop in Tallahassee for planners and other state and local officials." Read the full article here.
Three DURP master's students have been selected to receive Eisenhower Fellowships from the US Department of Transportation for the 2012-2013 year. They are Danika Bellamy, Janna Rosenthal, and Sean Santalla. They join three recent DURP alums who were past recipients of the Fellowship. The Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) awards fellowships to students pursuing degrees in transportation-related disciplines. This program advances the transportation workforce by attracting the brightest minds to the field through education, research, and workforce development.
What Really Matters for Increasing Transit Ridership article in The Atlantic Cities
B.A. (Geography) UCLA, 1996. M.A. (Urban Planning) UCLA, 1998. Ph.D. (Urban Planning) UCLA, 2003.
Professor Brown’s research explores the role that prejudices in professional practice have had on the development of less-than-optimal transportation systems. His interests include the early professionalization of transportation planning, the changing nature of street and highway planning in the United States, transportation finance, and the relevance of different service strategies for making public transit more successful in decentralized urban areas.
Zhu, Pengyu and Jeffrey Brown. 2012. “Donor States and Donee States: Investigating Geographic Redistribution in the U.S. Federal-Aid Highway Program.” Transportation.
Brown, Jeffrey and Dristi Neog. 2012. “Central Business Districts and Transit Ridership: A Reexamination of the Relationship in the United States.” Journal of Public Transportation 15 (4).
Thompson, Gregory L., Jeffrey Brown, and Torsha Bhattacharya. 2012. "“What Really Matters for Increasing Transit Ridership: A Statistical Analysis of How Transit Level of Service and Land Use Variables Affect Transit Patronage in Broward County, Florida.” Urban Studies.
Thompson, Gregory and Jeffrey Brown. 2012. “Making a Successful LRT-Based Regional Transit System: Lessons from Five New Start Cities.” Journal of Public Transportation 15(2).
Brown, Jeffrey and Gregory L. Thompson. 2012. “Should Transit Serve the CBD or a Diverse Array of Destinations? A Case Study Comparison of Two Transit Systems.” Journal of Public Transportation 15 (1).
Brown, Jeffrey and Gregory Thompson. 2009. “Express Bus versus Rail Transit: How the Marriage of Mode and Mission Affects Transit Performance.” Transportation Research Record 2110: pp. 45-54.
Brown, Jeffrey, Eric Morris, and Brian D. Taylor. 2009. "Planning for Cars in Cities: Planners, Engineers, and Freeways in the 20th Century." Journal of the American Planning Association 75 (2): 161-177.
PhD, Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
MSW, School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh
BA, Economics, Bucknell University
Professor Aurand’s research interests are in the areas of housing, land use planning and affordable housing, and the potential effect of demographic shifts on community development. His current work includes measuring the quality and effectiveness of comprehensive plans with regard to adequate housing for low-income households and exploring the effect of a growing elderly population on housing quality and occupancy. He teaches community development, housing policy, neighborhood planning, and research methods.
Aurand, A. 2010. Density, Housing Types, and Mixed Land Use: Smart Tools for Affordable Housing? Urban Studies 47(5): 1015-1036.
Aurand, A. 2007. The Impact of Regional Government Structure on the Concentration and Supply of Affordable Housing. Housing Policy Debate 18(2): 393-430.
B.A. (History of Science) Harvard University , 1977.
M.R.P. (City and Regional Planning) Cornell University , 1983.
Ph.D. (Development Sociology) Cornell University , 1988.
Professor Miles’ research interests range from the health consequences of substandard housing and poor quality neighborhood social and built environments, to planning and community health, to empowerment processes for women and low-income communities. She has served abroad in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Egypt, Mali, and Ethiopia with various international organizations. Her teaching is in areas of healthy cities & healthy communities, gender and development, planning theory, design of policy-oriented research, and planning for developing areas.
Miles, Rebecca, Coutts, Christopher, Mohamadi, Asal. 2011. “Neighborhood urban form, social environment, and depression”. Journal of Urban Health. 89(1), pp.1-18
Miles, Rebecca. 2011. School Siting and Healthy Communities: Introduction and Problem Context. In Miles, R., Wyckoff, M., Adelaja, S. Eds., School Siting and Healthy Communities: Why Where We Invest in School Facilities Matters. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press.
Miles, Rebecca. 2011. A Framework for Considering Health Impacts of School Siting. In Miles, R., Wyckoff, M., Adelaja, S. Eds., School Siting and Healthy Communities: Why Where We Invest in School Facilities Matters. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press.
Miles, Rebecca, Song, Yan, & Frank, Lawrence D. 2010. “Social diversity and construction era of neighborhoods with traditional design features: Portland and Atlanta compared”. Journal of Urbanism 3(1), pp.19-38.
Miles, Rebecca. 2008. “Neighborhood Disorder, Perceived Safety and Readiness to Encourage Use of Local Playgrounds”. American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM), Special Issue on Active Living Environmental and Policy Research, 34(4), pp.275-281.
Miles, Rebecca & Jacobs, David E. 2008. “Future Directions in Housing and Public Health: Findings From Europe With Broader Implications for Planners”. Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA) Special Issue on Housing, 74(1), pp.77-89.
Miles, Rebecca, Panton, Lynn, Jang, Myungjun, and Haymes, Emily. 2008. “Residential context, walking and obesity: two African-American neighborhoods compared”. Health & Place 14(2), pp.272-286. Available
Miles, Rebecca. 2006. “Neighborhood Disorder and Smoking: Findings of a European Survey”. Social Science and Medicine 63(9), pp. 2464-2475
Miles, Rebecca. 2005. “Preventing asthma through housing interventions: How supportive is the US policy environment?” Housing Studies 20(4), pp.589-603
B.A. (Philosophy) Haverford College , 1977. M.R.P. (City and Regional Planning) Cornell University , 1984.
Ph.D. (City and Regional Planning) Cornell University , 1988.
Professor Doan's primary interests are in the area of planning for less developed areas in both rural areas of the US and overseas (Jordan, Egypt, Togo, Niger, Cote d'Ivoire, and Botswana). Research interests include integrating tourism with local development planning, developing appropriate regional development strategies, setting policy for market town development, and building capacity for local institutional development. In addition Professor Doan works on planning issues related sexual and gender minorities in the United States.
Harris, J., P. Doan, and K. Wilson. Forthcoming. “Local Development Planning and the Tourism Sector: Prospects for Reducing Volatility in Tourism Impacts in Kenya,” International Development Planning Review. Accepted June 2011.
Doan, P. and C. Oduro. Forthcoming. “Patterns of Population Growth and Access to Infrastructure in Peri-urban Accra” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.
Doan, Petra L. (Ed.) 2011. Queerying Planning: Challenging Heteronormative Assumptions and Reframing Planning Practice. Farnham: Ashgate.
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Doan, P. and H. Higgins. 2011. “The Demise of Queer Space? Resurgent Gentrification and LGBT Neighborhoods,” Journal of Planning Education and Research. 31, 1: 6-25.
Doan, P. 2010.“The Tyranny of Gendered Spaces: Living Beyond the Gender Dichotomy,” Gender, Place and Culture. 17, 5: 635-654.
Doan, P. 2010. “Gendered space,” Entry for The Encyclopedia of Urban Studies. Beverly Hills: Sage Publications.
Doan, P. 2010. “Disrupting Gender Normativity in the Middle East: Supporting Gender Transgression as a Development Strategy.” In Amy Lind (Ed.), Development, Sexual Rights, and Global Governance. New York: Routledge.
Doan, P. and H. Higgins. 2009. “Cognitive Dimensions of Wayfinding: The Implications of Habitus, Safety, and Gender Dissonance Among Gay and Lesbian Populations,” Environment and Planning A. 41, 7: 1745-1762.
Doan, P. 2009. “Safety and Urban Environments: Transgendered Experiences of the City” Women and Environment, 78/79.
Doan, P. 2008. “Tourism as a Development Strategy: How Industry Uses Forecasting” Progressive Planning. Number 175.
Doan, P. 2007. “Queers in the American City: Transgendered Perceptions of Urban Spaces,” Gender, Place, and Culture. Vol.14, 1: 57-74.
Doan, P. 2006. “Tourism Planning and Regional Instability: the Consequences of Rapid Expansion of the Tourism Sector in Jordan,” International Development Planning Review. Vol: 28, 3: 26-46.
Ali, A. and P. Doan. 2006. “A Survey of Undergraduate Course Syllabi & A Hybrid Course on Global Urban Topics,” Journal of Planning Education and Research. 26, 2 :222-236.
Ph.D., Urban, Technological, & Env Planning, University of Michigan, 2006
M.P.H., Health Behavior and Education, New Mexico State University, 2003
B.C.H., Community Health Education, New Mexico State University, 1997
The influence of the built environment and ecologically-sensitive land use practices on community health and health behavior.
For an up-to-date list of publications and more please visit Professor Coutts's personal page.