Urban Planning and Development

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Urban development is about contributing to the built environment and designing more livable communities. The ingredients for success involve vision, active engagement with the community, and working with various fields and sectors to implement solutions. Price faculty include renowned experts and influencers — they have been named to leadership and advisory roles at the U.S Department of Housing & Urban Development, and provided expert testimony to the Senate Committees on Finance and Banking.

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“We live in the world’s first urban century. The challenges of our time – climate change, equity and inclusion, sustainable settlements – will play out in cities and communities. USC’s urban planning faculty are thought leaders, ranking among the most cited influencers in urban planning in the U.S. and worldwide.”

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Urban Planning and Development Faculty

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NamePositionExpertise
Tridib BanerjeeProfessor
James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning
Urban design, comparative urbanism, urban sprawl, developing world urbanization, planning theory
Marlon Boarnet headshotMarlon BoarnetProfessor
Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis
Transportation, travel behavior, urban growth patterns, regional science, urban economics
Elizabeth Currid-Halkett headshotElizabeth Currid-HalkettProfessor
James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning
Economic development, cultural economy, social networks, urban growth, economic geography
Jorge de La Roca headshotJorge De la RocaAssistant ProfessorUrban economics, labor economics, economic geography, urban migration
Liz FallettaProfessor (Teaching)Architecture, urban design, design criticism
Genevieve GiulianoProfessor
Margaret and John Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government
Director, METRANS Transportation Center
Transportation policy, metropolitan spatial structure, travel demand, urban transportation
Richard K. GreenProfessor
Director and Chair of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate
Chair, Department of Policy Analysis and Real Estate
Economics, housing markets, housing policy, tax policy, transportation, mortgage finance, urban growth
Eric HeikkilaProfessor
Director, Office of Global Engagement
Urban development, economic development, East Asian cities, urban economics, urban information systems
Annette M. KimAssociate Professor
Director, Spatial Analysis Lab (SLAB)
Housing and land use; international development planning; East Asian urbanization; race, arts, and placemaking; critical mapping and urban analytics
Geraldine KnatzProfessor of the Practice of Policy and EngineeringSeaport policy and management, maritime transportation, international trade, seaport sustainability, environmental impact analysis
Martin Krieger headshotMartin H. KriegerProfessorDefense policy; uncertainty and ambiguity; mathematical modeling of urban phenomena and their foundations in mathematics and physics; aural and photographic documentation of cities, especially Southern California; planning theory and design theory; urban spatial processes; mathematical modeling; environmental policy
Leonard MitchellProfessor of the Practice of Economic Development
Executive Director, Center for Economic Development
Real estate development finance and law, regional and local economic development, economic development finance and law, international trade finance and law
James Moore III headshotJames Elliott Moore, IIProfessorEconomic impact analysis, engineering economics, transportation engineering, urban transportation, infrastructure performance
Dowell Myers headshotDowell MyersProfessor
Director, Population Dynamics Research Group
Demographic change, future of California, housing impacts, workforce and education, immigration and assimilation, communication for consensus about change
Jane PisanoProfessorInternational relations, public administration, civic engagement
Jovanna RosenResearch Assistant ProfessorCommunity and economic development, community investment, urban sustainability
Lisa SchweitzerProfessorEnvironmental justice, Sustainable transportation, Hazardous materials in urban environments, Community environmental quality
David SloaneProfessorUrban history, community health planning, health disparaties, cultural landscapes

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