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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

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.

 

Emerging Scholar

Albert T. Han

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Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary

About

Albert Tonghoon Han is currently a postdoctoral research fellow with the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design. His research focuses on studying how growth management, land use planning, and environmental policies affect the natural environment in metropolitan areas in the North America and other fast-growing cities around the world. He is also interested in studying how planning efforts based on market-based approaches can mitigate the impacts of climate change, particularly in regards to improving building energy efficiency in cities. Albert received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from University of Pennsylvania in 2015. Prior to Penn, he worked on various global environmental projects at the Korea Environment Institute from 2011 to 2012. He obtained his master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa in 2011 with specialization in environmental planning and spatial analysis. His devotion to studying land use and environmental planning originated from his background in Life Science and Biotechnology from Korea University where he received his bachelor’s degree in 2009.

Affiliated PhD Student

Sa Min Han

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Doctoral Student, City and Regional Planning, University of Pennslyvania

About

Sa Min Han is a doctoral student in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a BA degree in Landscape Architecture from the Seoul National University and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her arrival, she worked as a certificated landscape architect and urban planner at Samsung C&T in Korea for 8 years. She also interned at AECOM in Hong Kong. Ms. Han’s research interest lies in resilient and sustainable planning. She eagerly hopes to study mapping process related to vulnerability indexes and regional assessment, for use when engaging in site prioritization and preparations for natural hazards caused by climate change. Her goal is to support policymakers, planners, and urban designers hoping to better understand how coastal cities should respond to natural hazards caused by climate change and to help them to establish appropriate policies for mitigation and adaptation.

 

Selected Publications

Korea Water Resources Corporation. “Application and Management Plans for the Flood Control Plains in Korea” (2007)

PennDesign Urban Planning Studio. “Alternative Futures for the New Jersey Shore: Climate Change Adaptation & Natural Hazard Mitigation Strategies”, IFLA World Congress (2014)

11st ULI / Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition, honorable mention (2013)

 

Penn IUR Scholar

Matthew Kahn

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Professor, Institute of the Environment, Department of Public Policy, Department of Economics, University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA)

Areas of Interest

    About

    Matthew Kahn is a Professor in UCLA’s Institute of the Environment, Department of Public Policy, and Department of Economics. Kahn is also Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), and serves as a non-resident scholar at the Urbanization Project at the NYU Stern School of Business. Kahn’s research largely focuses on environmental, urban, real estate, and energy economics. Kahn has published more than 90 papers and several books.

    Selected Publications

    Kahn, Matthew. 2016. Blue Skies Over Beijing: Economic Growth and the Environment in China joint with Siqi Zheng. Princeton University Press.

    Kahn, Matthew. 2010. Climatopolis: How Our Cities Will Thrive in the Hotter Future. New York: Basic Books.

    Costa, Dora L. and Matthew E. Kahn. 2008. Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    Kahn, Matthew. 2006. Green Cities: Urban Growth and the Environment. Washington, DC: Urban Institute Press.

    Faculty Fellow

    Alan Kelly

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    The Gilbert S. Kahn Dean Emeritus

    About

    Alan Kelly is The Gilbert S. Kahn Dean Emeritus of the School of Veterinary Medicine. He served as Chair of the Department of Pathobiology from 1990 until his appointment as Acting Dean in January 1994, and as Dean from 1994-2005. A renowned researcher on muscle disease and muscular dystrophy, he has authored more than 100 book chapters and scientific papers and is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, the American Society for Cell Biology, and the Pennsylvania Muscle Institute. He received the University’s Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1974. 

     

    Selected Publications

    Kelly, Alan, and James D. Ferguson, David T. Galligan, Mo Salman, Bennie I. Osburn. 2013. “One Health, Food Security, and Veterinary Medicine.” Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association 242(6): 739-743.

    Kelly, Alan M. and R. Marshak. 2007. “Veterinary Medicine: Global Health.” Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association 231: 1806-1808.

    Smith, G. and A. Kelly, eds. 2006. Veterinary Public Health in a Global Economy. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

    Kelly, Alan, Lawrence E. Heider, and Keith W. Prasse. 2003. “Renewed Directions in Veterinary Medical Education.” Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 222: 1511-1512.

    Walsh, Donald A., Frederick A. Murphy, Lonnie J. King, Bennie I. Osburn, and Alan M. Kelly. 2003. “An Agenda for Action: Veterinary Medicine’s Crucial Role in Public Health and Biodefense and the Obligation of Academic Veterinary Medicine to Respond; Executive Summary.” Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 30(2): 92-96.

     

    Fellow

    Carolyn Kousky

    School/Department

    Areas of Interest

      About

      Dr. Carolyn Kousky is Director for Policy Research and Engagement at the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center at the University of Pennsylvania.   Dr. Kousky’s research has examined multiple aspects of disaster insurance markets, the National Flood Insurance Program, federal disaster aid and response, and policy responses to potential changes in extreme events with climate change. She has published numerous articles, reports, and book chapters on the economics and policy of natural disasters and disaster insurance markets, and is routinely cited in media outlets including NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fortune, CBS News, and Business Insurance, among others. She is the recipient of the 2013 Tartufari International Prize from the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. Dr. Kousky was a member of the National Research Council Committee on Analysis of Costs and Benefits of Reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program and is a visiting Fellow at Resources for the Future.  She has a BS in Earth Systems from Stanford University and a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University.

      Selected Publications

      Kousky, C. (forthcoming). “Financing Flood Losses: A Discussion of the National Flood Insurance Program” Risk Management and Insurance Review.

      Kousky, Carolyn (2017).  “Revised Risk Assessments and the Insurance Industry.” In: Policy Shock: Recalibrating Risk and Regulation after Oil Spills, Nuclear Accidents and Financial Crises.  Cambridge University Press: 55-81.

      Kousky, C., P. Raschky, and E. Michel-Kerjan (2018). “Does Federal Disaster Assistance Crowd Out Flood Insurance?” Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. 87: 150-164.

      Kousky, C., and  Shabman, L. (2017).  “Federal Funding for Flood Risk Reduction in the US: Pre-or Post-Disaster?”  Water Economics and Policy, 3(01), 1771001.

      Kousky, C., B. Lingle, and L. Shabman (2017). “The Pricing of Flood Insurance.” Journal of Extreme Events. 04, 1750001

      Emerging Scholar

      Jae Min Lee

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      Assistant Professor, School of Architecture University of Ulsa, Korea

      About

      Jae Min Lee is a former doctoral student in City and Regional Planning at PennDesign and is now a Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Ulsa, Korea. Trained as an urban designer in international and domestic contexts, Jae Min seeks to challenge the “placelessness” of modern urban design practice around the world. His research focuses on defining the healthy and sustainable urban form and helping architects and planners to design places that actively incorporates local and climatic contexts using urban simulations. Jae Min has worked on a range of city building projects as an urban design associate at both Chicago and New York offices at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill LLP. He is a member of American Institute of Certified Planner and has also collaborated on several community projects with Open Lands, a Chicago-based land preservation organization.

      Emerging Scholar

      Theodore Lim

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      Global Environmental Data Scientist, Monsanto

      About

      Theodore Lim is Global Environmental Data Scientist at Monsanto. He received his PhD in City Planning focusing on urban stormwater management and green infrastructure implementation in 2017. He is particularly interested in the intersection between city-scale hydrological effectiveness of decentralized stormwater Best Management Practices, and the policy interventions and market mechanisms that best encourage diverse actors to adopt decentralized infrastructure. Prior to starting at Penn, Theo worked as a civil and environmental engineer in Beijing, New York City and San Francisco, specializing in integrated water resource management, ecological land use planning, and district-scale infrastructure solutions. His projects included the conceptual design of the water and wastewater management system for Google’s high profile Bay View campus development, the Langfang Smart Eco-City master plan, and engineered and ecological rehabilitation plans for sea-level rise in the San Francisco Bay and the Pearl River Delta. Theo’s previous research has also included immigrant community domestic violence survivor support services in Philadelphia, migrant workers and HIV/AIDS risk while on a US Fulbright Grant in northeast China, and ecotoxicity and persistent organic pollutant contaminant fate in the environment. While he is currently focusing on stormwater management, he hopes to utilize quantitative analysis to improve urban infrastructure planning and policy practices for a more sustainable urban world.

       

      Emerging Scholar

      Amy Lynch

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      Assistant Professor, Ohio University

      About

      Amy Lynch recently graduated from a doctoral program in City and Regional Planning at PennDesign and now is an Assistant Professor at Ohio University. Her research interests include ecosystem services, site-and-landscape scale green infrastructure planning, and sustainable urban development. Lynch studied the effect of land use and environmental planning practices on natural resources, and how these connections can be applied to assist sustainability efforts in less developed countries during her doctoral program. In 2011, Lynch received the C. Lowell Harriss Dissertation Fellowship from the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, which funded her dissertation on the sustention of green infrastructure over time. Lynch is currently working with the Penn Institute for Urban Research and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to establish a core grouping of indicators to measure sustainable urban development at a municipal level. Lynch earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Technology from North Carolina State University, and her Masters of Environmental Management at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Science and her PhD in City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania.

      Selected Publications

      Birch, Eugenie L. and Amy Lynch (2012). Measuring US Sustainable Urban Development. In Linda Starke (Ed.), State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity. Washington, DC: Island Press

      Lynch, Amy J., Stuart Andreason, Theodore Eisenman, John Robinson, Kenneth Steif and Eugenie L. Birch (2011). “Sustainable Development Indicators for the United States,” Penn IUR White Paper Series on Sustainable Urban Development, September.

      Faculty Fellow

      Anuradha Mathur

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      Professor

      About

      Anuradha Mathur is of Landscape Architecture in the School of Design. She is an architect and landscape architect. In collaboration with her partner, Dilip da Cunha, she has focused her artistic and design expertise on cultural and ecological issues of contentious landscapes. Their investigations have taken them to diverse terrains, including the Lower Mississippi, New York, Sundarbans, Bangalore, Mumbai and, most recently, Jerusalem. An underlying thread in Mathur’s work is a concern for how water is visualized and engaged in ways that lead to conditions of its excess and scarcity, but also the opportunities that its fluidity offers for new visualizations of terrain, design imagination, and design practice. 

      Selected Publications

      Mathur, Anuradha and Dilip da Cunha. 2014. Design in the Terrain of Water. Philadelphia, PA: Applied Research + Design Publishing.

      Mathur, Anuradha and Dilip da Cunha. 2009. Soak: Mumbai in an Estuary. National Gallery of Modern Art/Rupa and Co.

      Mathur, Anuradha and Dilip da Cunha. 2006. Deccan Traverses: The Making of Bangalore’s Terrain. Rupa and Co.

      Mathur, Anuradha and Dilip da Cunha. 2001. Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

      Faculty Fellow

      Howard Neukrug

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      Professor of Practice

      Former CEO of Philadelphia Water

      Senior Fellow, US Water Alliance

      About

      Howard Neukrug P.E., is Professor of Practice in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science in the School of Arts and Sciences. Neukrug is the former Commissioner and CEO of Philadelphia Water, where he was responsible for all aspects of utility operations, environmental compliance, engineering, financing, budgeting, capital and strategic planning, customer service, human resources, and legal and policy decisions for its drinking water/wastewater/stormwater system serving 2.3 million people. At Penn, he is establishing a Water Center and teaching courses on the water industry and the role of water in urban sustainability and resiliency. He is also a Principal with CASE Environmental, LLC, where he provides consulting services to cities and utilities in urban planning, systems design, sustainability, organization development, strategic planning and trends and innovations in the global water industry. 

       

      Selected Publications

      Neukrug, Howard, Bill Diamond, L.D. McMullen, Eva Nieminski, Philip Singer, and R. Rhodes Trussell. 2000. “Roundtable: Deemphasizing contaminant-by-contaminant regulation.” Journal of the American Water Works Association 92(3).

      Neukrug, Howard. 2000. “21st Century Treatment and Distribution.” Journal of the American Water Works Association 92(2): 54-55.

      Neukrug, Howard M., Gary A Burlingame, William Wankoff, and Michael J Pickel. 1995. “Water-quality regs: Staying ahead.” Civil Engineering 65(1). 

       

      Penn IUR Scholar

      Rutherford H. Platt

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      Professor Emeritus of Geography, UMass Geociences, College of Natural Science, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

      Areas of Interest

        About

        Rutherford H. Platt is Professor Emeritus of Geography at UMass Geosciences in the College of Natural Science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He is also a Faculty Associate with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and an urban writer and lecturer residing in Northampton, Massachusetts. His latest book is Reclaiming American Cities: The Struggle for People, Place, and Nature Since 1900 (University of Massachusetts Press, 2013) and a third edition of his Island Press text, Land Use and Society: Geography, Law, and Public Policy, will appear in 2014. He has served on various national committees and has been honored as a Lifetime National Associate of The National Academies in Washington, D.C.

        Selected Publications

        Platt, R. 2014, forthcoming. Land Use and Society: Geography, Law, and Public Policy (3rd edition). Washington, DC: Island Press.

        Platt, R. 2013. Reclaiming American Cities: The Struggle for People, Place, and Nature Since 1900. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.

        Platt, R., ed. 2006. The Humane Metropolis: People and Nature in the 21st Century City. University of Massachusetts Press and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

        Platt, R. 1999. Disasters and Democracy: The Politics of Extreme Natural Events. Washington, DC: Island Press.

        Platt, Rutherford, Rowan Rowntree, and C. Muick, eds. 1994. The Ecological City: Restoring and Preserving Urban Biodiversity. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press.

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