Urban Planning & Spatial Analysis

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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Marlon Boarnet

“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.”

Urban Planning and Development Faculty

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Marlon BoarnetMarlon BoarnetProfessor
Director, METRANS Transportation Center
Transportation, travel behavior, urban growth patterns, regional science, urban economics
Geoff Boeing headshotGeoff BoeingAssistant ProfessorTransportation networks, urban form, data science, urban informatics
Mary Lynne BoornAssociate Professor (Teaching)
Program Director, Real Estate Development Program, USC Price Wilbur H. Smith III Department of Real Estate Development
Principles of real estate, real estate finance, real estate development
Santina Contreras - HeadshotSantina ContrerasAssistant ProfessorEnvironmental Planning, Natural Hazards, Community Engagement, International Development, Engineering for Development
Elizabeth Currid-HalkettElizabeth Currid-HalkettProfessor
James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning
Economic development, the arts, cultural economy, social networks, urban growth, economic geography
Jorge de la RocaJorge De la RocaAssociate ProfessorUrban economics, labor economics, economic geography, urban migration
Liz FallettaLiz FallettaProfessor (Teaching)
Program Director, Urban Planning Programs
Architecture, urban design, design criticism
Genevieve Giuliano headshotGenevieve GiulianoDistinguished Professor
Margaret and John Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government
Transportation policy, metropolitan spatial structure, travel demand, urban transportation
Richard K. GreenProfessor
Director and Chair of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate
Chair, Wilbur H. Smith III Department of Real Estate Development
Economics, housing markets, housing policy, tax policy, transportation, mortgage finance, urban growth
Eric HeikkilaProfessorUrban development, economic development, East Asian cities, urban economics, urban information systems
Annette M. KimAnnette M. KimAssociate Professor
Director, Spatial Analysis Lab (SLAB)
• Housing and Land Use • International Development Planning • Art and Culture Placemaking • Urban Spatial Data and Visualization
Geraldine Knatz headshotGeraldine KnatzProfessor of the Practice of Policy and EngineeringSeaport policy and management, maritime transportation, international trade, seaport sustainability, environmental impact analysis
LaVonna LewisLaVonna B. LewisProfessor (Teaching)
Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
American politics, public policy (most notably health policy), interest groups, and federal programs
John LoperJohn LoperAssociate Professor (Teaching)Real estate development, real estate finance, urban and suburban development, master planned communities, urban design
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
Dowell Myers 2022 squared 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 Pisano, professor and former dean of USC PriceJane PisanoProfessorInternational relations, public administration, civic engagement
Mark PisanoProfessor of the Practice of Public AdministrationRegional planning, transportation, housing, development, environmental policy, enterprise financing, institutional design
Christian L. RedfearnAssociate ProfessorPublic policy, urban economics, housing markets, real estate finance
Adam RoseAdam RoseProfessor (Research)Energy 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
David SloaneDavid SloaneProfessor
Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis
Urban history, community health planning, health disparities, cultural landscapes
Lois M. Takahashi headshotLois M. TakahashiProfessor (Teaching)
Houston I. Flournoy Professor of State Government
Coordinator, Master of Public Administration – Sacramento
Public and social service delivery to vulnerable populations in the U.S. and in Southeast/South Asian cities