I am a professor of urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and affiliated faculty at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. My research and teaching focus on transportation and climate change. Trained as an economist, a geographer, and an urban planner, I analyze the environmental consequences of transportation and land-use decisions, and the effectiveness of policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. I use large-scale geospatial data analysis tools as well as econometric and qualitative methods. I am also the Review Editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association.
Before joining UCLA, I taught in the Environmental Studies Department at UC Santa Cruz, and in the Department of Geography and McGill School of Environment at McGill University. Before entering academia, I was a Principal with transportation planning firm Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates. I hold a PhD in Environment and Resources from Stanford University and an MA in Geography from the University of Edinburgh.
Spring 2024: I’m on sabbatical in Berlin, at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC). I’m supported by a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
How land use patterns keep driving cheap: Geographic support for transportation taxes. Urban Studies, December 2023
Urban Data Science. All the materials – lectures, exercises, quizzes, and more – from my UCLA course are online
Should cities use cooler pavements? Transfers, January 2023. See also the full journal article