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.
“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.”
“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.”
James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning
|Urban design, comparative urbanism, urban sprawl, developing world urbanization, planning theory|
|Antonio M. Bento||Professor|
Director, USC Center for Sustainability Solutions
|Environmental and energy economics, urban economics, public economics, transportation policy, climate policy, environmental regulation|
Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis
|Transportation, travel behavior, urban growth patterns, regional science, urban economics|
|Jonathan Eyer||Research Assistant Professor||Environmental economics, energy economics, natural disasters, applied econometrics|
Director, Office of Global Engagement
|Urban development, economic development, East Asian cities, urban economics, urban information systems|
|William Leach||Associate Professor (Teaching)||Collaborative governance, economics, planning, social policy, environmental policy, health policy|
|Daniel A. Mazmanian||Professor of Public Policy||Environmental policy, policy implementation, sustainable communities, political science|
|Mark Pisano||Professor of the Practice of Public Administration||Regional planning, transportation, housing, development, environmental policy, enterprise financing, institutional design|
|Peter J. Robertson||Associate Professor||Organizational theory and behavior, organizational change, ecological governance, collaborative organizing, interorganizational networks|
|Adam Rose||Research Professor||Energy and environmental economics, public policy, natural hazards and terrorism, regional science, applied general equilibrium modeling|
|Lisa Schweitzer||Professor||Environmental justice, Sustainable transportation, Hazardous materials in urban environments, Community environmental quality|
|Shui Yan Tang||Professor|
Frances R. and John J. Duggan Professor in Public Administration
Chair, Department of Governance, Management and the Policy Process
|Environmental policy, organizational commitment, institutional analysis, microcredit, common-pool resources|
|Detlof von Winterfeldt||Professor|
Director, Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE)
|Decision analysis, risk analysis, environmental policy, behavioral decision research, homeland security|
|Dan Wei||Research Associate Professor||Energy and Climate Policy, Energy and Environmental Economics, Economics of Natural and Man-made Disasters|
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.
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.