PhD in Regional Planning Doctorates Granted

All recipients of the Ph.D. in Regional Planning since 2007 are listed below along with their positions upon graduation, dissertation titles, and dissertation advisers.

Doctorates Granted

This is a list of all regional planning doctorates granted within the last few years.

Name Current Position Adviser Dissertation Title
Cong Cong Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Prof. Brian Deal Urban science and the future of sustainable cities: Planning support systems and open data perspectives
Natalie Prochaska Director of Planning and Research, Nevada HAND, Inc. Prof. Andrew Greenlee At another crossroads: Mission vs. market lending and risk assessment in Chicago community development loan funds
Ozge Yenigun Clinical Assistant Professor in Urban and Regional Planning, UIUC Prof. Marc Doussard Labor Market Inclusion of Refugees in Germany: From National Policies to Local Responses
Balakrishnan Balachandran Executive Director, UMass Boston Sustainable Solutions Lab Prof. Robert Olshansky Risk v. Risk: Planning and Risk Management in Disaster-Induced Displacement and Relocation
Md Tanvir Hossain Shubho Associate Transportation Planner, Department of Transportation, State of California (Caltrans) Prof. Bumsoo Lee Impacts of ride-hailing services on travel behavior
Ariam Torres Cordero Assistant Professor at University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Prof. Rolf Pendall The struggle for a just recovery: Insurgent planning, transnational networks, and colonial legacies in post-disaster Puerto Rico
Sowmya Balachandran Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts at Boston Prof. Andrew Greenlee Low Income Homeownership for Intergenerational Mobility: The Role of Intermediaries in Risk Mitigation
Efadul Huq Assistant Professor, Environmental Science & Policy, Smith College Prof. Faranak Miraftab Amphibian Urbanism in Dhaka's Contested Wetlands
Sang Lee Asian American Cultural Center Prof. Stacy Harwood Global Fantasies and Heartland Realities: Making a Global City in the Midwest
Sergio Andres Contreras Pinto Senior Control Proyectos SIB, Capstone Copper Prof. Geoffrey Hewings Three essays on microenterprises and self-employment
Stephen Averill Sherman Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Rice University, Houston, Texas Prof. Marc Doussard Governing bodies through space, governing space through bodies: Police power, planning, and race in central Atlanta
Aaron Petri Researcher, ERDC-CERL, Champaign, Illinois Prof. Bev Wilson Planning the urban forest to enhance urban resilience
Shruti Syal Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University Prof. Daniel Schneider A socio-ecological systems perspective on planning for informality: the case of Delhi's stormwater drain-adjacent settlements
Andrew McMillan Postdoctoral Fellow, National Center for Smart Growth, University of Maryland Prof. Arnab Chakraborty Investing in the post-foreclosure housing market: How neighborhood characteristics and real estate actors affect recovery
Norihiko Yamano Economist, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology & Innovation Prof. Geoffrey Hewings Development of global inter-country inter-industry system for various policy perspectives
Haozhi Pan Assistant Professor, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China Prof. Brian Deal Advancing PSS with complex urban systems sciences and scalable spatio-temporal models
Chenxi Yu Prof. Geoffrey Hewings Three papers in urban and regional economic and development
Deniz Ay Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Bern, Institute of Geography, Urban and Regional Planning Unit Prof. Geoffrey Hewings Is it possible to plan displacement-free urban renewal: A comparative analysis of the national urban renewal program in Turkey
Dwayne Baker Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Studies, Queens College-CUNY, Flusing, New York Prof. Faranak Miraftab Building inclusive neighborhoods: Assessing the socio-spatial implications of transit-oriented development in St. Louis, Missouri
Ahmad Gamal Associate Professor, Dept. of Architecture, College of Engineering, University of Indonesia; Director of Innovation and Science & Techno Park at Universitas Indonesia Prof. Faranak Miraftab Urbanization as if people mattered: Three alternative explanations why the urbanization of rural areas do not bring it's promised welfare impact
Esteban Lopez Ochoa Assistant Professor, University of Texas at San Antonio Prof. Geoffrey Hewings Three essays about housing issues in new contexts: Demand for housing attributes, housing price indeces, and location choices under displacement
Stephanie Timm Director, Applied Research, Delos, Washington, D.C. Prof. Brian Deal Comparative planning in practice: Identifying the cultural and behavioral barriers to learning from international sustainability solutions
Carlos Figueroa Aguilar Central Bank, Guatemala Prof. Geoffrey Hewings Wage equations and the regional economics in Guatemala
Md. Shakil Bin Kashem Lecturer, Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Prof. Bev Wilson Moving towards disaster: Examining the changing patterns of social vulnerability in a multi-hazard urban environment
Sung-won Lee Assistant Professor, Gangneung-Wonju National University, Gangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea Prof. Bumsoo Lee The role of urban spatial structure in reducing VMT and GHG emissions
Claudia Vicentelo Lupa Director of Innovation, Cities and Technology Laboratory- LAB-ICT Prof. T. John Kim Planning in cyberenvironments: An analysis of the impacts of open data in Chicago
Timothy Green Assistant Professor, Department of Planning, Development and Preservation, Clemson University Prof. Ed Feser Cluster planning and cluster strategy in regional economic development organizations
Andi Irawan Prof. Geoffrey Hewings Regional income disparities in Indonesia: Measurements, convergence process, and decentralization
Dustin Allred Lecturer, Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign Prof. Arnab Chakraborty Examining the effectiveness of voluntary coordination among local governments: Evidence from a regional land use planning process
Robert Boyer Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina, Charlotte Prof. Brian Deal Transitioning to sustainable urban development: A niche-based approach
Mallory Rahe Extension Community Economist, Department of Applied Economics, Oregon State University Prof. Lew Hopkins Building prosperous communities: The effects of social capital, financial capital, and place
Jordi Honey Roses Assistant Professor, School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Columbia, Canada Prof. Daniel Schneider Ecosystem services in planning practice for urban and technologically advanced landscapes
Kate Nesse Demographer, City of Bellevue, Washington Prof. Mary Edwards How do we know? Determining school district fiscal and administrative policy in rural Hispanic boomtowns in the Midwest
Saket Sarraf Principal, ps Collective: (A planning, design and research-based practice), Ahmedabad, India; and Visiting faculty at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India Prof. Varkki G. Pallathucheril Three essays on social dynamics and landuse change: Framework, model and estimator
Genevieve Borich Principal-Owner, GenX & Associates (urban planning consulting firm) Chicago, Illinois Prof. Emily Talen The broader social network of community planning: A diagnostic tool for communities to assess their planning capacity
Jun Wan Assistant Director, Personal Insurance Market Liberty Mutual, Boston, MA Prof. Geoff Hewings Three papers in regional economics: Energy productivity convergence, water resource planning, and workforce occupation-industry dynamics
Fidaa Ibrahim Mustafa Araj Assistant Professor, An-Najah National University (Nablus/Palestine) Prof. Faranak Miraftab Planning Under Deep Political Conflict: The Relationship Between Afforestation Planning and the Struggle Over Space in the Palestinian Territories
Jason Brody Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture and Regional Community Planning, Kansas State University Prof. Emily Talen Constructing Professional Knowledge: The Neighborhood Unit Concept and the Community Builders Handbook
Nama Raj Budhathoki Nepal Lead, The World Bank Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI) Prof. Zorica Nedovic-Budic Participants' Motivations to Contribute Geographic Information in an Online Community
Divya Chandrasekhar Assistant Professor, Department of City and Metropolitan Planning, University of Utah Prof. Robert Olshansky Understanding Stakeholder Participation in Post-Disaster Recovery (Case Study: Nagapattinam, India)
Joanna Paulson Ganning Assistant Professor, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University Prof. Bumsoo Lee Growth Effects of Urban-Rural and Intra-Regional Linkages on Non-Metropolitan Counties and Communities in the U.S.
Kanako Iuchi Associate Professor, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDS) Prof. Robert Olshansky Redefining a Place to Live: Decisions, Planning Processes, and Outcomes of Resettlement after Disasters
Jae Hong Kim Assistant Professor of Policy and Design, School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine Prof. Geoffrey Hewings Land Use, Spatial Structure, and Regional Economic Performance: Assessing the Economic Effects of Land Use Planning and Regulation
Donovan Finn Assistant Professor, Sustainabilitiy Studies Program, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Stoney Brook University Prof. Lewis Hopkins Our Uncertain Future: Can Good Planning Create Sustainable Communities?
Jinghuan Li Profs. Lewis Hopkins and Varkki Pallatchucheril Developing a Markup Language for Encoding Graphic Content in Plan Documents
Glenn Sandiford Assistant Professor in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Colorado State University Prof. Daniel Schneider Transforming an Exotic Species: Nineteenth-Century Narratives about Introduction of Carp in America
Marisa Zapata Assistant Professor, School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University Prof. Stacy Harwood Planning across Differences: Collaborative Planning in the California Central Valley
Soo Jung Ha Research Fellow, Business School, University of Strathclyde, Scotland Prof. Geoffrey Hewings Integrated Assessment of Structural Change and Sustainability in the Chicago Region
Sangjun Kang Associate Professor, Department of Urban Planning & Real Estate, Gangneung Wonju National University, South Korea Prof. Douglas Johnston Spatial Distribution of Best Management Practices for Stormwater Management
Nikhil Kaza Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Prof. Lewis Hopkins Reasoning With Plans: Inference of Semantic Relationships among Plans about Urban Development
Julia Koschinsky Research Director, Center for Spatial Data Science, University of Chicago Prof. Luc Anselin Modeling Spatial Spillover Effects from Rental to Owner Housing: The Case of Seattle
Yu Xiao, AICP Research Director, Center for Spatial Data Science, University of Chicago Associate Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Texas A & M University Prof. Edward Feser Local Labor Market Adjustment and Economic Impacts after a Major Disaster: Evidence from the 1993 Midwest Flood
Todd BenDor Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Prof. Varki Pallatchucheril Prof. Varki Pallatchucheril Redistribution Effects of Wetland Mitigation Over Space and Time
Jaewon Lim Assistant Professor, School of Environmental and Public Affairs, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Prof. Geoffrey Hewings Interregional Migration and Regional Economic Structure
Marcelo Lufin Varas Vicerrector, Asuntos Econmicos y Administrativos, Ciencia Regionale y Politicas, Universidad Catlica del Norte, Chile Prof. Geoffrey Hewings Essays in Social Space: Applications to Chilean Communities on Inter-Sector Social Linkages, Social Capital, and Social Justice
Da-Mi Maeng Associate Reseach Fellow, Seoul Development Institute, Korea Prof. Zorica Nedovic-Budic Information and Communications Technologies and Urban Environment: Empirical Analysis of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Region
Carlos Eduardo Silva Faculty of Economics, Pontifcia Universidade do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil Prof. Geoffrey Hewings Three Essays on Regional Economics
Janni Sorensen Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of North Carolina, Charlotte Prof. Stacy Harwood Challenges of Unequal Power Distribution in University-Community Partnerships
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