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Penn IUR is affiliated with more than 200 experts in the field of urbanism. Its Faculty Fellows program identifies faculty at the University of Pennsylvania with a demonstrated interest in urban research; the Penn IUR Scholars program identifies urban scholars outside of Penn; and the Penn IUR Fellows program identifies expert urban practitioners. Together, these programs foster a community of scholars and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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Penn IUR Scholar

Robert Cervero

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Friesen Chair of Urban Studies, Professor of City and Regional Planning, College of Environmental Design, University of California – Berkeley

About

Robert Cervero is Friesen Chair of Urban Studies and Professor of City and Regional Planning in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California – Berkeley. He is also the Director of both the Institute of Urban and Regional Development and the University of California Transportation Center. Cervero’s research and teaching focus on transportation planning, transportation and land use, infrastructure planning, and international development. His research on transportation focuses on how new urban developments and transformations impact travel behavior. In 2004, Cervero was the first-ever recipient of the Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban Planning Research. He has won the Article of The Year award for two separate articles from the Journal of the American Planning Association.

 

Selected Publications

Cervero, Robert. 1998 (1st ed). The Transit Metropolis: A Global Inquiry. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Ewing, Reid and Robert Cervero. 2010. Travel and the Built Environment: A Meta-Analysis. Journal of the American Planning Association, 76(3): 265-294.

Cervero, Robert. 2013 (reprint edition). Suburban Gridlock. New Brunswick, NJ: Center for Urban Policy Research.

Cervero, Robert. 1997. Paratransit in America: Redefining Mass Transportation. New York: Prager.

 

Emerging Scholar

Mengke Chen

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Doctoral Candidate in City and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania

About

Mengke Chen recently received her PhD in City and Regional Planning at PennDesign. Her research interests include economic development, transportation investment (high-speed rail investment), and transportation and land use. Chen is particularly interested with regards to the impact of high speed rail development on urban economics in Chinese cities, as well as in Europe. The profound societal and economic impact of high-speed rail in contemporary society also constitutes a chief focus of her research. Chen received her Master’s in Urban Spatial Analytics from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.S. and G.I.S. from Peking University in Beijing, China.

 

Selected Publications

Chen, Mengke and Matthias N. Sweet. “Does regional travel time unreliability influence mode choice?” Transportation. Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. 2011.

 

Fellow

James Cloar

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Downtown Advisory Services

Areas of Interest

    About

    Jim Cloar is an expert on downtown development and non-profit management structures. His recent projects include consulting for Wichita, KS, Tulsa, OK and Burlington VT on their downtown management structures. He is on the Board of Commissioners of the Tampa Housing Authority, the Board of Directors of the National Civic League and the Henry B. Plant Museum.  Cloar previously served as the President and CEO of the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis and chaired the City’s Downtown Economic Stimulus Authority. He also headed downtown associations in Dallas, TX and Tampa, FL. Cloar served nineteen years on the Board of Directors of the International Downtown Association (IDA) and is a former Chair of the organization. He has also been the President of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and is a former Chair of ULI’s Public-Private Partnership Council. He is the recipient of several awards, including the St. Louis Mayor’s “Quality of Life” Award, and the Dan E. Sweat “Lifetime Achievement in Downtown Leadership” Award” from the IDA. 

     

    Selected Publications

    Cloar, James A. 1990. Centralized Retail Management: New Strategies for Downtown. Washington, DC: Urban Land Institute. 

     

    Fellow

    Joan Clos

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    Executive Director, United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat)

    Areas of Interest

      About

      Joan Clos is Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat) at the level of Undersecretary-General by the United Nations General Assembly since October 2010. Clos is a medical doctor with a distinguished career in public service and diplomacy. He was twice elected Mayor of Barcelona, serving two terms during the years 1997-2006. He was Minister of Industry, Tourism and Trade of Spain between 2006 and 2008. Prior to joining the United Nations, he served as Spanish ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan. He has also been a member of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), Chairman of the UN Advisory Committee of Local Authorities (UNACLA), President for the World Association of Cities and Local Authorities, and President of Metropolis. He has received a number of awards, which include a gold medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1999 for transforming Barcelona and, in 2002 the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honour Award for encouraging global cooperation between local authorities and the United Nations. 

       

      Fellow

      Steve Cochrane

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      Managing Director, Moody’s Analytics

      Areas of Interest

        About

        Steven Cochrane is Managing Director of Moody’s Analytics. He oversees the U.S. regional forecasting service and directs the research and development activities of the research staff, including its Global Cities service. He also edits Regional Financial Review, a monthly publication that analyzes U.S. macro-, regional, industry, and international trends. Many of Cochrane’s consulting projects focus on state and local economic development. Early projects include a study of the industrial structure and comparative economic advantages for Sonoma County CA, followed by a ten-year update that modeled alternative outlook scenarios based on recommended improvements in labor force quality and green industry initiatives. Other projects have included studies of the changing industrial structure and economic competitiveness of Arizona, North Dakota and Pennsylvania, and the city and county of San Francisco. An analyst with Moody’s Analytics since 1993, Cochrane has been featured on Wall Street Radio, the PBS NewsHour, and CNBC.

         

        Selected Publications

        Cochrane, Steve and Sophia Koropeckyj, Aaron Smith, and Sean Ellis. 2013. Central Cities and Metropolitan Areas: Manufacturing and Nonmanufacturing Employment as Drivers of Growth. In Revitalizing American Cities, eds. Susan M. Wachter and Kimberly Zeuli, eds. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

        Cochrane, Steve. 1997. Emerging Opportunities in Sonoma County: The Five Year Forecast. Sonoma County Economic Development Board.

        Cochrane, Steve. 2005. Economic Outlook: U.S. and North Dakota. North Dakota Governor’s Office.

         

        Faculty Fellow

        Thomas Daniels

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        Professor; Director of Land Use and Environmental Planning Concentration

        About

        Tom Daniels is Professor of City and Regional Planning and Director of the Land Use and Environmental Planning Concentration in the Department of City and Regional Planning in the School of Design. His main areas of interest are farmland preservation, growth management, and the connection between land use and water quality. Daniels often serves as a consultant to state and local governments and land trusts. He lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania where for nine years he managed the county’s nationally recognized farmland preservation program. Daniels’ has taught at SUNY-Albany, Kansas State University, and Iowa State University and has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of the American Planning Association. In 2002 he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

         

        Selected Publications

        Daniels, Thomas. 2014. The Environmental Planning Handbook, 2nd edition. APA Planners Press, 2014.

        Daniels, Thomas and Doug Walker. 2011. The Planners Guide to CommunityViz. APA Planners Press.

        Daniels, Tom. 2010. “Integrating Forest Carbon Sequestration Into a Cap-and-Trade Program to Reduce Net CO2 Emissions.” Journal of the American Planning Association 76(4).

        Daniels, Tom. 2009. “A Trail Across Time: American Environmental Planning from City Beautiful to Sustainability.” Journal of the American Planning Association 75(2).

        Daniels, Tom. 1999. When City and Country Collide: Managing Growth in the Metropolitan Fringe. Washington, DC: Island Press.

         

        Penn IUR Scholar

        Margaret Dewar

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        Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

        About

        Margaret Dewar is Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Her research is in economic development, urban environmental planning, and urban land use. Her current projects address what cities become following extensive abandonment, what institutions and relationships make a difference in what such cities become, and how planners can improve their practice in these cities. Her projects deal with how planners can address issues facing troubled industries, cities with high rates of poverty, and low-income neighborhoods. Dewar teaches courses where students studying for the Master of Urban Planning work with community partners, principally in Detroit and Flint, to produce plans that advance the agendas of those partners. She serves as Faculty Director for the Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development.

         

        Selected Publications

        Dewar, Margaret and Robert Linn. 2015. “Remaking Brightmoor.” In Mapping Detroit, June Manning Thomas and Henco Bekkering, eds. Detroit: Wayne State University Press.

        Dewar, Margaret. 2013. Paying Employers to Hire Local Workers in Distressed Places. Economic Development Quarterly, 27 (November): 284-300.

        Dewar, Margaret, and June Manning Thomas, eds. 2013. The City After Abandonment. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

        Dewar, Margaret and Matthew Weber. 2012. “City Abandonment.” In Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning, 563-586, Rachel Weber and Randall Crane, eds. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

        Morrison, Hunter and Margaret Dewar. 2012. “Planning in America’s Legacy Cities: Toward Better, Smaller Communities after Decline.” In Rebuilding America’s Legacy Cities: New Directions for the Industrial Heartland, 115-137, Alan Mallach, ed. New York: American Assembly.

        Dewar, Margaret. 2006. Selling Tax-Reverted Land: Lessons from Cleveland and Detroit. Journal of the American Planning Association, 72(2): 167-180.

         

        Fellow

        Derek Douglas

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        Vice President for Civic Engagement, University of Chicago

        Areas of Interest

          About

          Derek Douglas is Vice President for Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago. Douglas leads the university’s local, national, and international urban development and civic engagement efforts to enhance the quality of life for local residents and enrich the work of faculty and students through research, education and direct engagement. Previously, Douglas served as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama on the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) where he served as the principal architect of President Obama’s agenda to strengthen our nation’s cities and metropolitan regions.

           

          Faculty Fellow

          Gilles Duranton

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          Dean's Chair in Real Estate Professor; Department Chair

          About

          Gilles Duranton is Professor of Real Estate in the Real Estate Department at The Wharton School. His research focuses on urban and regional development, transportation, and local public finance. Prior to joining the Real Estate Department in 2012, Duranton taught at the University of Toronto for seven years, and the London School of Economics for nine years. He is the co-editor of the Journal of Urban Economics, and is an editorial board member for several other journals. He is also affiliated with the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, the Spatial Economics Research Centre at the London School of Economics, and the Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis. He currently serves as the Chair of the Real Estate department at The Wharton School.

           

          Selected Publications

          Duranton, Gilles. 2016. “Determinants of city growth in Colombia.” Papers in Regional Science 95(1): 101-132.

          Duranton, Gilles. 2016. “Agglomeration effects in Colombia.” Journal of Regional Science 56(2): 210-238.

          Duranton, Gilles. 2015. “Roads and Trade in Colombia.” Economics of Transportation 4(1): 16-36.

          Duranton, Gilles. 2015. “Growing through cities in developing countries.” World Bank Research Observer 30(1): 39-73.

           

          Affiliated PhD Student

          Chandan Deuskar

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          PhD Candidate, City and Regional Planning, University of Pennslyvania

          About

          Chandan Deuskar is a doctoral student in city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. His research interests relate to rapid urbanization in the developing world and its relationship with urban poverty and economic growth, the spatial form of cities, and urban land issues. Between 2011 and 2016, he worked at the World Bank on urban development in Indonesia, Vietnam, Mongolia, Malaysia, Haiti, and Palestine, as well as regional and global studies which used new data and methods to standardize the definition and measurement of urban areas to allow international comparison of urbanization and its impacts. In 2011, Chandan obtained a Masters in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his thesis was on land readjustment as a means of acquiring land for urban expansion in Ahmedabad, India. He also holds a BA in architecture from Columbia University. He grew up in Mumbai, India, and has also lived in Dubai, New York, Boston, and Washington, DC. 

           

          Selected Publications

          World Bank. “East Asia’s Changing Urban Landscape: Measuring a Decade of Spatial Growth.” (2015).

          Sanyal, Bishwapriya, and Chandan Deuskar. “A better way to grow? Town planning schemes as a hybrid land readjustment process in Ahmedabad, India.” Value capture and land policies 149 (2012): 182.

           

          Emerging Scholar

          Meagan Ehlenz

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          Assistant Professor, School of Geography and Urban Planning, Arizona State University

          About

          Meagan Ehlenz is an assistant professor at Arizona State University’s School of Geography and Urban Planning. Her major fields of study include urban revitalization and community development, with specializations in the role of anchor institutions in urban places and mechanisms for building community wealth. Prior to joining ASU’s faculty, Ehlenz was a Research Associate at the Penn Institute for Urban Research. In this capacity, she developed a set of case studies for Penn IUR’s Anchor Institution Roundtable (PRAI), The Power of Eds & Meds: Urban Universities Investing in Neighborhood Revitalization and Innovation. She was also a Lincoln Institute of Land Policy C. Lowell Harriss dissertation fellow. Previously, Ehlenz worked as a planning consultant in Southeastern Wisconsin and as a senior planner for the City of Milwaukee’s Department of City Development. She holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania, a Master in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Bachelor in Environmental Design from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

           

          Selected Publications

          Ehlenz, Meagan M. “Neighborhood Revitalization and the Anchor Institution: Assessing the Impact of the University of Pennsylvania’s West Philadelphia Initiatives on University City.” Urban Affairs Review (forthcoming).

          Ehlenz, Meagan M. and Eugénie L. Birch with Brian Agness.  The Power of Eds and Meds: Urban Universities Investing in Neighborhood Revitalization & Innovation. Philadelphia: Penn Institute for Urban Research, 2014.

          Ehlenz, Meagan M. “Managing the Land Access Paradox in the Urbanising World.” Critical Housing Analysis 1, no. 1 (2014). 

          Ehlenz, Meagan M. Community Land Trusts and Limited Equity Cooperatives: A Marriage of Affordable Homeownership Models? Working Paper. Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2014.

          Ehlenz, Meagan M. Review of New Deal Ruins: Race, Economic Justice, and Public Housing Policy by Edward G. Goetz (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2013). Journal of Urban Affairs 36, no. 3 (2014): 540-541.

           

          Penn IUR Scholar

          Matthew Freedman

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          Associate Professor of Economics, Drexel University

          Areas of Interest

            About

            Matthew Freedman is an Associate Professor of Economics at Drexel University. His research interests lie at the intersection of labor economics, public finance, and urban economics. His current work examines how federal, state, and local housing and economic development programs affect neighborhoods. His research also explores segregation within cities and the local labor, capital, and housing market dynamics that give rise to differential patterns of inequality across metropolitan areas. Freedman was previously an Associate Professor of Economics at Cornell University and has held visiting positions at the Wharton School and Princeton University. Freedman’s research has been published in leading economics and urban studies journals including the Economic Journal, the Journal of Urban Economics, the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Human Resources, and the Journal of Economic Geography.

             

            Selected Publications

            Freedman, Matthew, N. Baum-Snow and R. Pavan. Forthcoming. Why Has Urban Inequality Increased? American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

            Freedman, Matthew, E. Owens and S. Bohn. Forthcoming. Immigration, Employment Opportunities, and Criminal Behavior. American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.

            Freedman, Matthew. 2017. Persistence in Industrial Policy Impacts: Evidence from Depression-Era Mississippi. Journal of Urban Economics, 102: 34-51.

            Freedman, Matthew. 2013. “Targeted Business Incentives and Local Labor Markets.” Journal of Human Resources 48(2): 311-344.

            Freedman, Matthew. 2012. “Teaching New Markets Old Tricks: The Effects of Subsidized Investment on Low-Income Neighborhoods.” Journal of Public Economics 96(11-12): 1000-1014.

            Freedman, Matthew and Renata Kosova. 2012. “Agglomeration, Product Heterogeneity, and Firm Entry.” Journal of Economic Geography.” 12(3): 601-626.

             

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