Policies shaping the physical world


USC Price School faculty research the effects of climate change as well as the economic impacts of – and the increased risks to – vulnerable populations. They study alternative energy and efficiency strategies, develop green ratings systems, and explore possibilities for collaboration across government and industry.

Environmental Policy Impact

How USC Price is informing policy decisions and making an impact in the community

Dean Jack H. Knott headshot

“With the majority of the world’s population now living in urban areas, scholarly contributions to the fields of urban development and sustainability are central to advancing our quality of life.”

Jack H. Knott
Dean and the C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair of the Sol Price School of Public Policy

Environmental Policy News

Stories featuring USC Price research and expertise

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USC Price faculty and students share their expertise in policy areas that are shaping the world.

“I took classes on sustainable cities and smart growth. It’s been amazing to be in that position where I’m exercising the lessons I learned in class and many things that I’ve been taught, and to see those changes take place, and to see us move forward.”

Thomas Wong MPA ’13
President, San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District Board of Directors

Environment-related Academic Programs and Specializations

Environment Faculty

Explore USC Price faculty and their cross-disciplinary scholarship

Tridib BanerjeeProfessor
James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning
Urban design, comparative urbanism, urban sprawl, developing world urbanization, planning theory
Antonio M. BentoProfessorEnvironmental and energy economics, urban economics, public economics, transportation policy, climate policy, environmental regulation
Marlon BoarnetMarlon BoarnetProfessor
Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis
Transportation, travel behavior, urban growth patterns, regional science, urban economics
Jonathan EyerResearch Assistant ProfessorEnvironmental economics, energy economics, natural disasters, applied econometrics
Eric HeikkilaProfessor
Director, Office of Global Engagement
Urban development, economic development, East Asian cities, urban economics, urban information systems
William LeachAssociate Professor (Teaching)Collaborative governance, economics, planning, social policy, environmental policy, health policy
Daniel A. MazmanianProfessor of Public PolicyEnvironmental policy, policy implementation, sustainable communities, political science
Mark PisanoProfessor of the Practice of Public AdministrationRegional planning, transportation, housing, development, environmental policy, enterprise financing, institutional design
Peter J. RobertsonAssociate ProfessorOrganizational theory and behavior, organizational change, ecological governance, collaborative organizing, interorganizational networks
Adam RoseResearch ProfessorEnergy and environmental economics, public policy, natural hazards and terrorism, regional science, applied general equilibrium modeling
Lisa SchweitzerProfessorEnvironmental justice, Sustainable transportation, Hazardous materials in urban environments, Community environmental quality
Shui Yan Tang headshotShui Yan TangProfessor
Frances R. and John J. Duggan Professor in Public Administration
Chair, Department of Governance, Management and the Policy Process
Institutional Analysis and Design; Collaborative Governance; Local and Community-based Governance; Common-Pool Resource Governance; Environmental Politics and Policy; Microfinance
Detlof von WinterfeldtProfessor
Director, Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE)
Decision analysis, risk analysis, environmental policy, behavioral decision research, homeland security
Dan WeiResearch Associate ProfessorEnergy and Climate Policy, Energy and Environmental Economics, Economics of Natural and Man-made Disasters
USC Center for Sustainable Cities

Could changing retail make cities more sustainable? How?

More online shopping and failing shopping malls mean there are opportunities to change land use and transportation and improve – or harm – the livability and sustainability of metropolitan areas.

The USC Center for Sustainable Cities conducts multi-disciplinary research, education, and community engagement on the sustainability challenges of metropolitan areas to develop and propose policies and strategies that make our cities more sustainable, just, and economically vibrant.

Visit the USC Center for Sustainable Cities website

Research in the real world:

Public support is essential to successful environmental energy policy. So how do you build it?

USC Price researchers discovered that there’s measurably greater public support for green policies when there’s a stronger connection to the community and personal connection to natural commons, suggesting that highlighting community benefits like healthier green spaces and increased local employment might be powerful strategies for environmental policymakers.

This is one of the many research projects with real-world implications that the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy undertakes in their mission to help leaders work together to find the best ideas and solutions to benefit the people they serve. The institute works to develop real-world, sustainable solutions in five priority areas: education; energy and environment; fiscal and economic policy; health and human wellness; and political reform.

Explore the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy