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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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Faculty Fellow

Daniel Barber

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Assistant Professor

About

Daniel Barber is an Assistant Professor of Architecture in the School of Design. He is an architectural historian with a research interest in the relationship between the design fields and the emergence of global environmental culture across the 20th century. His research looks at the role of architectural technologies in the infrastructural and territorial transformations of the immediate post-World War II period in the United States. Barber’s first book, A House in the Sun: Modern Architecture and Solar Energy in the Cold War, documents the brief but dynamic interest in solar houses in the 1940s and 50s. His second book, Climatic Effects: Architecture, Media, and the Planetary Interior will explore climate-focused architectural design methods from the 1930s to the 1960s.  Barber approaches research and teaching from an interdisciplinary perspective, integrating narratives and methods from histories of technology, science, politics, economics, and environmentalism.

Selected Publications

Barber, Daniel. 2018 (forthcoming). Climatic Effects: Architecture, Media, and the Planetary Interior. Princeton University Press.

Barber, Daniel. 2017. “The Nature of the Image: Olgyay and Olgyay's Architectural-Climatic Diagrams in the 1950s.” Public Culture 29(1): 129-164.

Barber, Daniel. 2016. “Introduction to Architectural History in the Anthropocene.” The Journal of Architecture 21(8): 1165-1170. 

Barber, Daniel. 2016. House in the Sun: Modern Architecture and Solar Energy in the Cold War. New York: Oxford University Press.

Barber, Daniel. 2016. “The Form and Climate Research Group; or, Scales of Architectural History in Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary, edited by James Graham, Caitlin Blanchfield, Alissa Anderson, Jordan Carver, and Jacob Moore, 303-318. New York: Columbia Books on Architecture and the City.

Penn IUR Scholar

Timothy Beatley

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Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities

Chair, Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, School of Architecture, University of Virginia

About

Timothy Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities and Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. Beatley’s work focuses on creating sustainable communities and cultivating creative strategies through which cities and towns can reduce their ecological footprints. Beatley is an author of or contributor to more than fifteen books concerning sustainability. 

Selected Publications

Beatley, Timothy. 2010. Biophilic Cities: Integrating Nature into Urban Design and Planning. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Planning for Coastal Resilience: Best Practices for Calamitous Times, Washington, DC: Island Press, July, 2009.

Beatley, Timothy. 2005. Native to Nowhere: Sustaining Home and Community in a Global Age. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Beatley, Timothy, Peter Newman and Heather Boyer. 2009. Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Beatley, Timothy, David Brower and Anna K. Schwab. 2001. An Introduction to Coastal Zone Management. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Beatley, Timothy. 1999. Planning for Coastal Resilience: Best Practices for Calamitous Times. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Penn IUR Scholar

Richard Bernknopf

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Research Professor, Department of Economics, University of New Mexico

Areas of Interest

    About

    Richard Bernknopf is Research Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of New Mexico. Previously, Berknopf was an economist with the USGS Western Geographic Science Center; his work with USGS has spanned more than three decades. Bernknopf’s research focuses on the demonstration of the relevance to society of natural science information including earth observation and the translation of that information into a form compatible with decision-making processes. He is currently associated with the Science Impact Laboratory for Policy and Economics at the University of New Mexico and the Wharton Geospatial Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania. His areas of expertise include Natural Science Information and Policy.

    Selected Publications

    Labiosa, William, Paul Hearn, David Strong, Richard Bernknopf, Dianna Hogan, Leonard Pearlstine. 2010. The South Florida Ecosystem Portfolio Model: A Web-Enabled Multicriteria Land Use Planning Decision Support System. Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS): 1-10.

    Bernknopf, Richard L., Sharyl J. M. Rabinovici, Nathan J. Wood, Laura B. Dinitz. 2006. The Influence of Hazard Models on GIS-based Regional Risk Assessments and Mitigation Policies. International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management. 6(4/5/6): 369-387.

    Bernknopf, R., T. Smith, A. Wein. 2006. The Effect of Spatially Correlated Failures on Natural Hazard Damage Assessments. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting: abstract #GC43A-04.

    Penn IUR Scholar

    Raymond J. Burby

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    Professor Emeritus, City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    About

    Raymond Burby is Professor Emeritus in City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and a member of various other organizations concerned with urban planning. He has been the author or editor of fourteen books and written numerous articles, including papers published in the Journal of the American Planning Association, Public Administration Review, Journal of Planning Education and Research, and Land Economics. Burby’s research and publications encompass many topics and incorporate his work on mitigation of natural hazards, land-use and environmental planning, housing and community development, and planning processes and administration.

    Selected Publications

    Burby, Raymond J. and Peter J. May. 2009. Command or Cooperate: Rethinking Traditional Central Governments' Hazard Mitigation Policies. In Building Safer Communities 58, NATO Science for Peace and Security Series, Urbano Fra Paleo, ed. Amsterdam: IOS Press.

    Burby, Raymond J. 2006. Hurricane Katrina and the Paradoxes of Government Disaster Policy: Bringing About Wise Governmental Decisions for Hazardous Areas. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 604(1): 171-191.

    Burby, Raymond J. 2005. Have State Comprehensive Planning Mandates Reduced Insured Losses in Natural Disasters? Natural Hazards Review, 6: 67-81.

    Nelson, Arthur C., Raymond J. Burby, Edward Feser, Casey J. Dawkins, Emil E. Malizia, and Roberto Quercia. 2004. Urban Containment and Central City Revitalization. Journal of the American Planning Association, 70: 411-425.

    Burby, Raymond J. 2003. Making Plans that Matter: Citizen Involvement and Government Action. Journal of the American Planning Association, 69(1): 33-49.

    Burby, Raymond J., Laura J. Steinberg, and Victoria Basolo. 2003. The Tenure Trap: The Vulnerability of Renters to Joint Natural and Technological Disasters. Urban Affairs Review, 39: 32-59.

    Faculty Fellow

    Daniel Aldana Cohen

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    Assistant Professor

    About

    Daniel Aldana Cohen is Assistant Professor of Sociology in the School of Arts and Sciences. He researches and writes on climate politics, investigating the intersections of climate change, inequalities of race and social class, and the political projects of both elites and social movements in global cities of the North and South. Cohen's work has been published in Nature, Public Culture, Jacobin, Dissent, Public Books, NACLA Report on the Americas, and elsewhere.

    Selected Publications

    Wachsmuth, David, Daniel Aldana Cohen, and Hillary Angelo. 2016. “Expand the frontiers of urban sustainability: Social equity and global impacts are missing from measures of cities' environments friendliness.” Nature 536(7618): 391-393.

    Cohen, Daniel Aldana. 2016. “The Rationed City: The politics of water, housing, and land use in drought-parched São Paulo.” Public Culture 28(2): 261-289.

    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.

    Affiliated PhD Student

    Matt Davis

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    PhD Candidate, Applied Economics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylania

    About

    Matt begun his PhD training in Applied Economics in 2013. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University in 2009 and subsequently worked as a research analyst at the Environmental Defense Fund and the Education Innovation Lab at Harvard University.  He is currently working on projects related to the distributional impact of the mortgage interest tax deduction and the consequences of housing cycles for school district finances.

    Selected Publications

    "No Excuses" Charter Schools and College Enrollment: New Evidence From a High-School Network in Chicago (with Blake Heller). Forthcoming, Education Finance and Policy.

    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. Forthcoming. “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.

    Emerging Scholar

    Theodore Eisenman

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    Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    About

    Theodore Eisenman, Ph.D., MLA, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was previously an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Humanities Institute at the New York Botanical Garden, and his principal scholarly interest concerns the historical, scientific, cultural, and design bases of urban greening – defined here as the introduction or conservation of outdoor vegetation in cities. Theodore’s career spans research and practice with a range of federal, municipal, and nonprofit organizations. He has been a regular contributor to Landscape Architecture Magazine on ecological design topics and is currently a review editor for the urban ecology section of Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. Raised in Sweden and the United States, and having worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, he is also interested in international affairs.

    Selected Publications

    Eisenman, T. S. (2016). Greening Cities in an Urbanizing Age: The Human Health Bases in the 19th and Early 21st Centuries. Change Over Time, In Press.

    Eisenman, T. S. (2016) [Review of The Ecological Design and Planning Reader, by F. O. Ndubisi]. Journal of Planning Education and Research, OnlineFirst.

    Eisenman, T. S. (2013). Frederick Law Olmsted, Green Infrastructure, and the Evolving City. Journal of Planning History, 12(4), 287–311.

    Eisenman, T. S. (2013). [Review of Greening Berlin: The Co-production of Science, Politics, and Urban Nature, by J. Lachmund]. Journal of Planning Literature, 28(3), 258–259.

    Eisenman, T. S. Anzevino, J., Rosenberg, S., & Spector, S. (Eds.). (2010). Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts: Illustrated Conservation & Development Strategies for Creating Healthy, Prosperous Communities. Poughkeepsie, NY: Scenic Hudson.

     

    Faculty Fellow

    Kenneth Foster

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    Professor of Bioengineering

    About

    Kenneth R. Foster is Professor of Bioengineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science. His research interests relate to biomedical applications of nonionizing radiation from audio through microwave frequency ranges, and health and safety aspects of electromagnetic fields as they interact with the body. Foster examines the prospects of workers in electrical occupations and the controversy related to possible cancer risk from electromagnetic field exposure. He has written also on the broader topic of technological risk, and impact of technology (principally, electrotechnologies) on humans. His goal in this area is to examine technology, putting into perspective its relative risks and benefits to society. What he hopes to impart is a better perception of the social use of science.

    Selected Publications

    Foster, K.R. and J. E. Moulder. 2017. “Will an MRI Examination Damage Your Genes?” Radiation Research 187(1).

    Foster, K.R. and D. J. Callans, 2017. “Smartphone apps meet evidence based medicine.” IEEE Pulse (April/May).

    Foster, K.R.  2017. “Radiofrequency Fields and the Precautionary Principle.” In Non-ionizing Radiation Protection: Summary of Research and Policy Options, edited by A.W. Wood and K. Karipisis, 405-429. Wiley.

    Foster, K.R. 2016. “3-Dimensional Printing in Medicine: Hype, Hope, and The Challenge of Personalized Medicine.” In Philosophy and Engineering: Exploring Boundaries, Expanding Connections, edited by Byron Newberry, Diane Michelfelder, and Qin Zhu, 211-228. New York City: Springer.

    Foster, K.R. 2015. “Biological Effects of Radiofrequency Energy As Related to Health and Safety.” In Wiley Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, 2nd Edition, edited by John Webster. Wiley. 

    Faculty Fellow

    Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto

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    Assistant Professor

    About

    Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture in the School of Design. She is a landscape architecture historian whose research interests focus on the Italian Renaissance garden, its legacy and historiography, as well as contemporary landscape architecture. Her first book, Medici Gardens: From Making to Design (University of Pennsylvania Press) won the Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Book of the Year Award in 2010. Prior to coming to Penn, she taught landscape architecture at the University of Maryland and at the Ohio State University. Fabiani Giannetto is currently working on a new manuscript titled Georgic Grounds and Gardens: From Palladio’s Villas to American Plantations, which examines the role of England in the transmission of ideas about gardens and agriculture from 16th-century Veneto to colonial America. An offspring of her research is the theme of conference she will host at the School of Design in November 2017, The Culture of Cultivation: Designing with Agriculture. 

    Selected Publications

    Fabiani Giannetto, Raffaella. 2016. Foreign Trends in American Gardens: A History of Exchange, Adaptation and Reception. University of Virginia Press.

    Fabiani Giannetto, Raffaella. 2013. "The Use of History in Landscape Architectural Nostalgia." Change Over Time: An International Journal of Conservation and the Built Environment 3(1): 102-114.

    Fabiani Giannetto, Raffaella. 2011. “Grafting the Edelweiss on Cactus Plants: The 1931 Italian Garden Exhibition and Its Legacy." In Clio in the Italian Garden, edited by Mirka Beneš and Michael Lee. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

    Fabiani Giannetto, Raffaella. 2009. Paolo Bürgi Landscape Architect, Discovering the (Swiss) Horizon: Mountain, Lake, and Forest. Princeton Architectural Press.

    Fabiani Giannetto, Raffaella. 2008. Medici Gardens: From Making to Design. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

    Faculty Fellow

    Karen Glanz

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    George A. Weiss University Professor, Perelman School of Medicine and School of Nursing

    About

    Karen Glanz is George A. Weiss University Professor, Professor of Epidemiology in the Perelman School of Medicine, and Professor of Nursing in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences in the School of Nursing. She is Director of the UPenn Prevention Research Center and serves on the NHLBI Advisory Council at the National Institutes of Health. Her research seeks to understand health behavior and improve it through education, public policy, and organizational change. A globally influential public health scholar, her work spans psychology, epidemiology, nutrition, and other disciplines. Her research in community and health care settings covers healthy eating, obesity prevention, cancer prevention and control, chronic disease management and control, reducing health disparities, and health communication technologies. She has published more than 440 journal articles and book chapters. Thomson Reuters named her one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015” in general social sciences. The Institute for Scientific Information has named her a Most Highly Cited Researcher. Over the past 15 years, Glanz has received more than $45 million in research funding. 

    Selected Publications

    Cain KL, Gavand KA, Conway TL, Geremia CM, Millstein RA, Frank LD, Saelens BE, Adams MA, Glanz K, King AC, Sallis JF. 2017 (in press). “Developing and validating an abbreviated version of the Microscale Audit for Pedestrian Streetscapes (MAPS-Abbreviated).” Journal of Transport & Health.

    Wang X, Conway TL, Cain KL, Frank LD, Saelens BE, Geremia C, Kerr J, Glanz K, Carlson JA, Sallis JF. 2017 (in press). “Interactions of psychosocial factors with built environments in explaining adolescents' active transportation.” Preventive Medicine.

    Carlson JA, Mitchell TB, Saelens BE, Staggs VS, Kerr J, Frank LD, Schipperijn J, Conway TL, Glanz K, Chapman JE, Cain KL, Sallis JF. 2017 (in press). “Within-person associations of young adolescents’ physical activity across five primary locations: Is there evidence of cross-location compensation?” International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity.

    James P, Hart JE, Hipp JA, Mitchell JA, Kerr J, Hurvitz PM, Glanz K, Laden F. 2017 (in press). “GPS-based exposure to greenness and walkability and accelerometry-based physical activity.” Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.

    Glanz K, Johnson L, Yaroch A, Phillips M, Ayala G, Davis E. 2016. “Measures of Retail Food Store Environments and Sales:  Review and Implications for Healthy Eating Initiatives.” Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 48: 280-288.

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