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Research & Initiatives

Exploring Relationships between Public Transportation Providers and Carsharing Services

Much of the low-density urban development that has occurred in the United States over the last several decades has been enabled by and designed around the automobile. Most efforts to reduce automobile usage have focused ... More
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2004-Star-B1 Regional Development, Population Trend and Technology Change Impacts on Future Air Pollution Emissions

Urban development results in changes to land use and land cover and, consequently, to biogenic and anthropogenic emissions, meteorological processes, and processes such as dry deposition that influence future predictions... More
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A Comprehensive Analysis of Built Environment Characteristics on Household Residential Choice and Auto Ownership Levels

There has been an increasing interest in the land use-transportation connection in the past decade, motivated by the possibility that design policies associated with the built environment can be used to control, manage, ... More
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Advanced Architectural Design: Austin Studio (ARC 560R, ARC 696)

The UT Austin Campus Real Estate Office has been tasked with management of the development of 109 acres at MOPAC and Braker known as the Pickle Research Center West Tract or the MCC Tract. Their initial inclination is th... More
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Aesthetics and Ecology (CRP 383, LAR 385)

This seminar will explore the question: what does aesthetics have to do with ecology? More
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Agenda 21: Sustainable Urbanism (ARC 386M)

This course will examine factors affecting the changing status of the 21st century city and the tactics used to mediate the effects of rapid urbanization by leaders in the environmental design professions. Key words: Lan... More
Faculty & Staff

Almy, Dean

Applied Research in Sustainable Urbanism. Dallas Urban Laboratory More
Research & Initiatives

Appraisal of Available Analytical Tools to Assess Environmental Justice Impacts of Toll Road Projects

In Texas, road pricing (e.g., toll roads or managed lanes) is considered a key tool to build needed transportation infrastructure. This has raised questions about environmental justice (EJ) and how it relates to tolling... More
Faculty & Staff

Atkinson, Simon

Professor Atkinson is active as an urban consultant, currently, as the contracted consultant to Capital Metro Transit Authority in charge of design proposals for a light rail system for Austin, Texas. Atkinson has also d... More
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Austin-Bastrop River Corridor Partnership

The mission of the Austin-Bastrop River Corridor Partnership is to support sustainable development and a healthy riparian ecosystem along the Austin to Bastrop River Corridor. It is a critical time to recognize the value... More
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Bacteria Levels in Discharges from Road Right-of-Way

Excessive bacteria concentrations are the most common cause of water quality impairments in Texas, with almost 300 waterbodies identifi ed by the Texas Commission on Environment Quality (TCEQ) as not meeting state stand... More
Faculty & Staff

Barrett, Michael

Dr. Barrett's research interests include the quality, impacts, and mitigation of urban, agricultural, and construction site stormwater runoff; statistical analysis of water quality data, structural and nonstructural best... More
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Basic Ecology for Designers & Planners (CRP 383)

Basic ecological concepts to be covered in the lecture component of the course include: the physical environment (e.g., water, nutrient cycling, climate; concepts of ecosystem, biome and ecotone); species interactions (e... More
Faculty & Staff

Bhat, Chandra

Dr. Bhat's research interests include transportation systems analysis, travel demand modeling, policy evaluation of the effect of transportation control measures on mobility and mobile source emissions, marketing researc... More
Faculty & Staff

Black, Sinclair

In Austin, Mr. Black is both professionally and personally involved with neighborhood groups, parks advocates, and the downtown business community, and has endeavored throughout his career to facilitate consensus on a wi... More
Faculty & Staff

Boske, Leigh

Leigh B. Boske is Professor of Economics at the LBJ School. His teaching and research interests have focused on transportation policy, economics and finance. His published research has been on national and international ... More
Faculty & Staff

Boyles, Stephen

Network modeling; dynamic traffic assignment; transportation user behavior; infrastructure systems More
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Brownfields Seminar: Redeveloping Contaminated Land (CRP 383)

Brownfields typically are abandoned, idled, or underused industrial or commercial land and buildings where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.1 The cleanup and subs... More
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Building a Sustainable Region (CRP 384)

This course will be organized as a reading and research seminar concentrating on planning and policy interventions aimed at reducing green house gasses (GHG) and other environmental externalities. A primary goal will to ... More
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Building and Sustaining Local Communities (PA 388K)

This course uses a place-based policy framework to examine development in and around urban centers. Development is defined operationally as adaptive capacity – the ability to learn and successfully adjust to change in ... More
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Building the Sustainable City (SOC 321K)

Building the Sustainable City is an interdisciplinary course that examines why we have to create more sustainable living environments, what we are presently doing to rebuild American cities in more sustainable ways, and ... More
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Built Environment and Public Health (CRP 384)

This course examines the relationship between the built environment and public health issues. Issues include the negative impacts of sprawl, residential segregation, accessibility of public transport, and access to susta... More
Faculty & Staff

Burgin, John

Dr. Burgin's research interests include water resources planning and management; network optimization; and expert geographic information systems. More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Environmental Research (CER) at Hornsby Bend

The Center for Environmental Research at the Austin Water Utility's Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant is a partnership formed in 1989 with the City of Austin, the University of Texas, and Texas A&M University to su... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Sustainable Development

The Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) is unique in its successful integration of diverse interests to develop creative, balanced, achievable solutions to the physical and social challenges facing the planning, con... More
Centers & Institutes

Center for Transportation Research

Since its inception in 1963, the Center for Transportation Research (CTR) at The University of Texas at Austin has evolved into one of the leading university-based transportation research facilities in the U.S. Its ongoi... More
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Community Development: History and Current Practices (CRP 385C)

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Comparative Ecosystems (GRG 366C)

The important ecosystem processes that affect the distributions, characteristics, and management of natural environments at landscape, regional, and continental scales. Ecosystem functions, including nutrient cycling, wa... More
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Comparative Methods Radiation Transportation (ME 388F)

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Research & Initiatives

Concho Community Garden

Growing food for individuals, local food shelters, UT Dining Services; Educating our campus and city communities about growing local, organic food, and realizing its place within the greater context of conventional food ... More
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Contemporary Transportation Issues (CE 391T)

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Faculty & Staff

Cutright, Bruce

Dr.Cutright has thirty years’ experience in hydrogeologic and water resources consulting practice, including delineation of groundwater flow systems, well hydraulics, waste-water recycling and reuse, water law and wate... More
Research & Initiatives

Develop a System to Support Preparation of Life-Cycle Budget Needs for Highways

Budget planning is important to managing highways. Ideally, the budget planning process can be streamlined by a procedure that would facilitate life-cycle budget needs analysis for highway sections from fence to fence, w... More
Faculty & Staff

Dooling, Sarah

Urban ecology; Urban Vulnerabilities; Ecosystem Services; Spatial Justice; Interdisciplinary Pedagogy More
Faculty & Staff

Duthie, Jennifer

Dynamic Traffic Assignment Uncertainty in long-range forecasts Environmental Justice Non-motorized transportation More
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Ecology of Urban and Regional Policy (GRG 396T)

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Research & Initiatives

Economic Considerations in Transportation System Development & Operations

An essential backbone of regional and national economies, transportation has a myriad of associations and impacts. An understanding of the casual mechanisms behind, and the extent of, these associations and impacts can b... More
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Economic Development and Social Change (SOC 395D)

This seminar aims to provide a general introduction to the field of economic development and social change. It will cover both macro sociological and micro sociological issues: economic development, the organization of ... More
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Economy/Value/Quality of Life (URB 352; ARC 350R)

In this course, each student is asked to consider the evolution and existence of both 'qualitative' and 'quantitative' worldviews/value systems/reality systems/systems of evaluation and how each create situations where f... More
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Environmental and Natural Resources (CRP 383)

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Environmental Dispute Resolution (CRP 381)

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Environmental Impact Assessment (GRG 396T; CRP 383; LAR 385)

This course provides instruction in the theory and methods of environmental impact assessment (EIA). The course objectives are to (1) gain a critical understanding of the use, strengths, and limitations of EIA; and (2) d... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Environmental Planning for Sustainable Communities Specialization - Community and Regional Planning (MSCRP)

The specialization in environmental and natural resources planning, within the Community and Regional Planning Masters Degree Program, provides students with a grounding in the scientific/technical dimensions, policy asp... More
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Environmental Readings (CRP 383, LAR 385)

A long, deep green thread exists in American literature from Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman through Herman Melville and William Carlos Williams on to Terry Tempest Williams and Wendell Berry. This literature has in... More
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Environmental Science Professionalism II (EVS 151)

The purpose of this 1-credit seminar is to familiarize students with the fundamentals of science communication and engage in exercises designed to build their own communication skills. More
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Environmental Sociology (SOC 321K)

The course provides an overview of the ways humans and the natural environment interrelate. The course investigates the ways human social patterns and ideologies shape the environment, and how the environment shapes our ... More
Research & Initiatives

Environmental Trace Contaminants

The goal of the CER’s research effort is to assess the long‐term safety, sustainability, and ecological impacts of applying Class B biosolids to the Hornsby Bend facility site. Most of the existing biosolids research... More
Research & Initiatives

Estimating Bicycling and Walking for Planning and Project Development

The need for robust methods that can accurately measure bicycle and walking activity has long been recognized, particularly in relation to land use. Many planning agencies are trying to assess the potential for smart gro... More
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Evaluation and Analysis of Texas Biofuel Supply Chains Originating in the U.S. Midwest and Brazil

This 2009 study, funded by the Southwest Region University Transportation Center, investigates competing ethanol supply chains terminating in the State of Texas. Midwest corn ethanol and Brazilian sugarcane ethanol const... More
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Export Growth, Energy Costs, and Sustainable Supply Chains

The research examines sustainable supply chains in North America and the role played by rail intermodal operations in lowering ten-mile fuel and emission costs. It examines whether current systems favor imports over expo... More
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Field Seminar in Environmental Science and Sustainability (EVS 311)

EVS 311 introduces field observation and analysis of environmental processes and sustainability issues. Seminar topics include ecology, hydrogeology, marine science, climate science, energy, and campus and urban sustaina... More
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Garden City to New Community (ARC 386M; ARC 350R; LAR 388; CRP 386)

This graduate seminar examines the search to establish new communities. It looks at the ideals, theories, and principles that people have held in the belief that a designed community is preferable to random incremental g... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Graduate Portfolio Program: Sustainability

The Graduate Portfolio Program in Sustainability provides Master and Doctoral students with a trans-disciplinary framework to study and research issues related to sustainability. Sustainability is an emerging discourse t... More
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Growth Management Seminar (CRP 381)

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Faculty & Staff

Harrison, Robert

Robert Harrison is a Senior Research Scientist and the Deputy Director at the Center for Transportation Research (CTR), The University of Texas at Austin. He has worked in the area of transportation planning for over 30 ... More
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Hazards Planning (CRP 383)

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Faculty & Staff

Hoidn, Barbara

Barbara Hoidn studied Architecture and City Planning at the University of Karlsruhe in Germany. She worked as a project architect for the Public Building Administration in Frankfurt/Main and for several years as a projec... More
Faculty & Staff

Holleran, Michael

Historic Preservation; History of Urban Design & Development; Vernacular Landscapes; Water History More
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Housing America (URB 352; ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

Issues concerning the built environment and urban infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and the public policy framework designed to manage the challenges presented by these issues. Issues facing residents of U.S.... More
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Housing, Landscape, and Urbanism (ARC 386M; LAR 388)

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Human Health and the Environment (GRG 356T; URB 350)

The basic political and administrative structures of cities and metropolitan regions, including problems associated with local and regional government. More
Faculty & Staff

Hutson, Nathan

Nathan Hutson is a researcher at CTR. His main areas of study are maritime planning and economics In addition to intermodal rail and trucking operations. In addition, he has performed research on transportation finance, ... More
Research & Initiatives

Hybrid Distribution Trucks: Costs and Benefits

This study will explore the growing interest from federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Metropolitan Planning Agencies (MPOs) failing to meet air quality standards, and mechanical engineering r... More
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Hydrology (CE 374K)

The objective of this course is to introduce the student to: Principles and processes governing the movement of water through the hydrologic cycle, including atmospheric moisture flow, surface runoff, infiltration, and g... More
Research & Initiatives

Improving Our Understanding of How Highway Congestion and Pricing Affect Travel Demand

Traffic operations and planning models generally require both demand and supply inputs. Travel demand could be static (for planning models), dynamic (for planning and operational models) or in the form of activity schedu... More
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International Transportation Best Practices

Virtually every country and metropolitan area worldwide has been confronted with similar public policy issues as the United States in general and Region 6 in particular. Among the public policy issues are how best to add... More
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International Transportation Issues (CRP 384)

This course surveys transportation problems, planning practice, and policy issues in the international setting with an emphasis on the developing countries, particularly focusing on China. We will take a case study appro... More
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Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (CRP 386)

GIS is a powerful technology that is widely used in urban planning, business and environmental management, and for strategic purposes. This course consists of two major components?the social dimensions of GIS and the tec... More
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Introduction to Urban Ecology (CRP 383)

In this course, relevant theories and principles from natural science ecology, planning, geography, history, urban studies, public policy, and environmental law will be integrated to further understanding of urban ecolog... More
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Issues in Urban Management (PA 388L)

This course is designed to address core functions in urban management, particularly those issues pertaining to the business of medium and large-scale municipalities, and to develop and refine professional and leadership ... More
Research & Initiatives

Joint Model of Choice of Residential Neighborhood and Bicycle Ownership: Accounting for Self-Selection and Unobserved Heterogeneity

This study presents a joint model of residential neighborhood type choice and bicycle ownership. The objective is to isolate the true causal effects of the neighborhood attributes on household bicycle ownership from spur... More
Faculty & Staff

Kockelman, Kara

Modeling of travel behavior, location choice decisions, and the connection between urban form and travel; Planning and policy-making in the context of intra-urban personal travel needs and land development; Roadway safet... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Land Use, Transportation, and Infrastructure Planning Specialization - Community and Regional Planning (MSCRP)

The transportation specialization, within the Community and Regional Planning Masters Degree Program, is designed to provide students with an understanding of transportation planning methods and techniques, the structure... More
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Landuse/Landcover Change Practicum (GRG 396T)

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Large Scale Rainwater Catchment System

Planning Professor Kent Butler is working with Seaholm Power, LLC and the City of Austin to plan and design a rainwater catchment system as part of their transformation of the City’s former Seaholm Power Plant into a m... More
Courses

Latin American Planning Studio (CRP 386)

This is the second in a series of planning studios in informal settlements in Latin America. More
Faculty & Staff

Lieberknecht, Katherine

Katherine Lieberknecht is a lecturer in the Community and Regional Planning program in the School of Architecture at UT Austin. She is also a fellow with the School's Center for Sustainable Development. Her professional ... More
Faculty & Staff

Machemehl, Randy

Dr. Machemehl's research interests include Transportation System Operations, Public Transportation Systems Planning and Design, Traffic Data Acquisition, Traffic Simulation, Transportation System Demand Forecasting, Free... More
Faculty & Staff

Manderson, Emily

As an environmental designer, Emily Manderson's work focuses on sustainable landscape development and conservation design, implementing low impact development and increasing natural systems in the built environment. She ... More
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Maximum Advanced Landscape Architecture Studio (LAR 696)

he MAXIMUM landscape architecture studio will focus on creating a broad strategy for pocket parks within the city of Austin. The 21st century holds many conditions and demands that shape and change the ways we interact w... More
Faculty & Staff

McCray, Talia

Transportation Policy and Planning, Healthcare Access, Quantitative and GIS methods, Sustainable Transportation. More
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McDonald-Buller, Elena

Dr. Elena McDonald-Buller is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. She currently oversees a research group at the ... More
Research & Initiatives

Mega-Region Freight Issues in Texas: A Synopsis

Megaregions originate from the work of French geographer Jean Gottmann, which described a new urban form, Megalopolis, to characterize the network of interconnected cities from Boston to Washington, D.C. along the Atlant... More
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Megaregion Strategies for Sustainable Development in the Texas Triangle

Professors Ming Zhang, Kent Butler and Dean Steiner have been part of a national network of researchers focused on the emergence of what are being called "megaregions" in the United States. Megaregions are networked metr... More
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Metropolitan Transportation Studies with TransCAD GIS (CRP 386)

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Modeling Residential Sorting Effects to Understand the Impact of the Built Environment on Commute Mode Choice

This research examined the significance of residential sorting or self selection effects in understanding the impacts of the built environment on travel choices. Land use and transportation system attributes are often tr... More
Faculty & Staff

Mueller, Elizabeth

Community development; housing; poverty; urban politics; qualitative methods More
Faculty & Staff

Murphy, Cynthia

Cynthia Folsom Murphy is a Research Associate for the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, at the University of Texas at Austin. Her primary research interests lie in the area of environmental and economic asse... More
Faculty & Staff

Murphy, Michael

Dr. Murphy is a Research Fellow at CTR. He has over 25 years experience in highway design, pavement design and evaluation, non-destructive testing, super-heavy load analysis, load zone analysis and accelerated pavement t... More
Faculty & Staff

Oden, Michael

Economic Development Planning; Regional Theory; Applied Planning Methods; Housing Policy More
Faculty & Staff

Paterson, Robert

Professor Paterson specializes in land use and environmental planning. He has completed over 40 projects over the past 17 years, and was a recipient of a Faculty Fellow in Social Science Research Applied to Hazards and D... More
Courses

Planning for Mega-regions (CRP 384)

This course will provide the student with a comprehensive international understanding of how mega-regions are defined, developed, and supported by transportation to encourage economic growth and connectivity within and b... More
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Population Geography (URB 305; GRG 309)

Population size, distribution, and characteristics are related to a wide variety of geographic, social, economic, political, and environmental issues and problems. With that in mind, this course examines population proce... More
Research & Initiatives

Population Updating System Structures and Models Embedded Within the Comprehensive Econometric Microsimulator for Urban Systems (CEMUS)

This project and its report describes the development of a population update modeling system as part of the development of the Comprehensive Econometric Microsimulator for SocioEconomics, Land-use, and Transportation Sys... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Post Professional Degree Program in Sustainable Design (M.Arch II, PP)

This degree program is intended for those students who have previously received a Bachelor of Architecture Professional Degree, or BArch, from an accredited university and who wish to conduct graduate level research in s... More
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Potential Value Extraction from TxDOT’s Right of Way and Other Property Assets

Many State Departments of Transportation, including the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), are increasingly challenged by inadequate funding from traditional federal and state fuel taxes. These taxes were concei... More
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Principles of Physical Planning (CRP 369K)

The purpose of this course is to develop an understanding of the universal experience of making cities. The class will examine how and why cities take the shape they do, who designs cities, what procedures they employ, w... More
Faculty & Staff

Prozzi, Jolanda

Ms. Jolanda Prozzi holds a Master of Science in Transportation Technology and Policy from the University of California (Davis) and a Master of Commercial Sciences from the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa), with ... More
Faculty & Staff

Prozzi, Jorge

Pavement materials; pavement design and rehabilitation; pavement monitoring, evaluation and performance analysis; accelerated pavement testing; applied econometrics; Transportation Infrastructure Management. More
Courses

Public Health Nursing (N 275)

Public health nursing models and the nursing process as they are used to plan for the health of aggregates and communities. Description and analysis of formal and informal community systems and health care delivery syste... More
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Public Transportation Engineering (CE 392M)

Topics to be discussed are demand estimation, route design, basic vehicle scheduling relationships, driver scheduling, networks, rail transit, propulsion systems, and para-transit concepts. More
Research & Initiatives

Quality Growth Toolbox

Under the leadership of Professors Robert Paterson, Rachael Rawlins and Chandra Bhat, with support from partners Envision Central Texas, UT’s Center for Transportation Research and CSD, faculty and students have develo... More
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Quantification of the Effect of Maintenance Activities on Texas Road Network

Pavement structures are designed for a finite life, usually referred to as performance period. This performance period is typically between 20 to 25 years for flexible pavements and between 25 and 40 years for rigid pave... More
Faculty & Staff

Raish, Julia K

Environmental designer Raish has experience in green infrastructure research, sustainable design and implementation, master planning and facilitation, site analysis and sustainable roadside design. She holds dual master... More
Faculty & Staff

Rawlins, Rachel

Rachael Rawlins is an environmental and land use attorney that has practiced law in both the public and private sector. In her capacities as attorney and as planner, Ms. Rawlins has worked with neighborhood planning coal... More
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Regional Planning and Governance (CRP 385C)

Planning theory and practice have experienced a notable renaissance over the past 15 years. One area of innovation involves planning across boundaries at the regional or metropolitan scale under the rubric of "the new re... More
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Research and Communication Seminar (EVS 311)

EVS 141 engages in discussions of student career development and opportunities in environmental science and sustainability. More
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Research Methods for Environmental Science (EVS 331)

EVS 331 provides students with a research toolkit in environmental science by guiding them through independent research focusing on environmental issues in urban watersheds. More
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Research Seminar: Sustainable Preservation (ARC 386M, CRP 381)

This seminar seeks to explore the evolving state of knowledge at the intersection of preservation and sustainability; to chart the gaps, contradictions and uncertainties, and then to formulate ways of resolving them. It ... More
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Residential Self-Selection Effects in an Activity Time-use Behavior Model

This study presents a joint model system of residential location and activity time-use choices that considers a comprehensive set of activity-travel environment (ATE) variables, as well as sociodemographic variables, as ... More
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Right to the City: Social, Spatial and Environmental Justice (CRP 385C)

This is the third in an ongoing series of courses developed in partnership with community-based organizations in Austin. More
Faculty & Staff

Shearer, Allan

Dr. Shearer's research centers how individuals, communities, and societies create scenarios of the future and how these descriptions of possible tomorrows are used to inform present day decisions. Focusing on issues rela... More
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Sketch Planning Techniques to Assess Regional Air Quality Impacts of Congestion Mitigation Strategies

A quick-response project-planning tool can be extremely valuable in anticipating -- and comparing -- the air quality, emissions, congestion, safety, and other impacts of large-scale network improvements and policy implem... More
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Skyscrapers and Polar Bears: Perspectives on Sustainable Design (UGS 303)

Sustainable design increasingly pervades all aspects of contemporary life, from the buildings we build, to the clothes we wear, to the food we eat. The interdisciplinary course “Skyscrapers and Polar Bears: Perspective... More
Faculty & Staff

Sletto, Bjorn

Geographic Information Systems, Latin American planning and development, participatory planning, environmental and social justice, social theory. More
Faculty & Staff

Steiner, Frederick

Dean Steiner has worked with local, state, and federal agencies on diverse environmental plans and designs. These activities include analysis of watershed level growth management for the upper San Pedro basin on the U.S.... More
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Sustainability Planning (C E 397)

Sustainability increasingly drives the decisions of consumers, producers, institutions, and governments. Thus, appropriate decision paradigms and improved analytical techniques are needed. Drawing on a broad array of dis... More
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Sustainable Cities (CRP 391D)

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Research & Initiatives

Sustainable Cities Doctoral Research Initiative

The Sustainable Cities Doctoral Research Initiative focus on the integration of cutting edge research and practice in the fields of urban planning, architecture, environmental and architectural engineering, landscape arc... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Sustainable Design (MSSD)

This degree plan is intended for those students who wish to prepare for a related PhD program, plan to work in public policy, or pursue activism related to sustainable architecture or urbanism. It is a non-professional r... More
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Sustainable Economic Development (CRP 385C; CRP 383)

This course provides a survey of major theories of urban economic development and current initiatives by federal, state and local governments to improve regional and local economic performance. A special emphasis of this... More
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Sustainable Land Use Planning (CRP 386)

This course presents the nuts and bolts of land use planning as practiced in the US today using the recently adopted Tulsa Oklahoma comprehensive plan (PLANiTULSA )-as our case study for understanding the theory and meth... More
Faculty & Staff

Swearingen, Scott

Sociology, sustainability, service-learning, urban development, planning. More
Research & Initiatives

System Operation and Preservation Optimization

TxDOT maintains 194,000 lane miles of pavement which is the largest State maintained highway system in the U.S. The current statewide pavement condition goal, set by the Texas Transportation Commission in 2002, is to ach... More
Research & Initiatives

Texas-Mexico Borderlands and Latin America Working Group, ESI

The goal of the Texas-Mexico Borderlands and Latin America Working Group is to initiate and assist in multidisciplinary environmental research in Latin America and the Texas-Mexico border region. Our members represent se... More
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The City and Urbanization (SOC 346)

346. The City and Urbanization. Same as Urban Studies 354 (Topic 6: The City and Urbanization). Examination of urbanization from a cross-national perspective: discrimination and racial inequality in urban labor markets. ... More
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The City: Into to Urban (GRG 315)

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The Design and Estimation of a Household Vehicle Evolution and Composition Model for Assessing the Impact of Transportation Policies on Global Climate Change and Air Quality

This study focuses on the design and development of a comprehensive vehicle fleet composition, utilization, and evolution simulator that can be used to forecast household vehicle ownership and mileage by type of vehicle ... More
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The Effects of On-Street Parking on Cyclist Route Choice and the Operational Behavior of Cyclists and Motorists

Because of the serious societal, environmental, economic, and public health problems associated with motorized transportation, there is increased interest in encouraging non-motorized modes of travel. The current study c... More
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The Future - Views in Planning (ARC 386M, CRP 386, LAR 388)

The topic of this seminar is how 'images of the future' (expectations about the state of things to come at some future time) are used environmental planning and design discourse. More
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The Modern American City (GRG 337; GRG 396T; URB 352 1; ARC 350R 1)

Issues concerning the built environment and urban infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and the public policy framework designed to manage the challenges presented by these issues. Issues facing residents of U.S.... More
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TOD and Regional Transportation Planning

This project is aimed at helping the Central Texas Metropolitan Planning Organizations integrate Austin’s planned Transit-oriented Developments (TOD) into its larger analysis by synthesizing findings from the literatur... More
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Topics In Sustainable Development (ARC 386C; CRP 383; MAN 385; LAW 379M; P A 388K)

This course is a trans-disciplinary graduate level seminar designed to critically explore the theory and practice of sustainable development from a variety of perspectives. The class is cross-listed in business, architec... More
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Transit-Oriented Development (CRP 381)

The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for the course participants to conduct a focal study of TOD by reviewing literature and best practice of TOD in the world and by investigating issues pertaining to ... More
Research & Initiatives

Transit-oriented Development in Latin America

Planning Professors Ming Zhang and Kent Butler are working with the City of Santo Domingo Norte and the national government of the Dominican Republic on planning for land use and transit-oriented development along a new ... More
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Transportation Economics (CE 392T)

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Transportation Planning: Methodology and Techniques (CE 391J)

Analysis of a wide range of planning studies to establish the logic and foundation for the transportation planning process. Emphasis on techniques of estimation and forecasting population, economic activity, land use, an... More
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Transportation, Environment, and Health (CRP 384)

This course offers an interdisciplinary perspective on the major health and public policy concerns focusing on the linkage between transportation and environmental issues. Externalities of transportation planning such as... More
Degree Plans & Curricula

Treatment Processes Emphasis - Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (MSE/PhD)

Current research within the Water and Wastewater Treatment area, within the EWRE program, encompasses the three main categories of treatment processes: separations, biological transformations, and chemical transformation... More
Faculty & Staff

Tretter, Eliot M

Eliot Tretter does research on urban development. He has been researching the role of the environmental movement in shaping Austin's urban politics. More
Research & Initiatives

Understanding Emerging Commuting Trends in a Weekly Travel Decision Frame: Implications for Megaregion Transportation Planning

Urban travel demand analysis has focused conventionally on one-day activities and trips performed by household members on a given survey day. Many emerging commuting trends however cannot be better understood without goi... More
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Urban Design History/Theory/Criticism (ARC 350R)

A graduate seminar: focusing on the body of history and theory that informs contemporary issues in urban design. The course examines the state of the contemporary discourse in urbanism, the historical trajectory of conte... More
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Urban Design Practice (URB 352 3; ARC 350R 3)

Issues concerning the built environment and urban infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and the public policy framework designed to manage the challenges presented by these issues. Issues facing residents of U.S.... More
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Urban Environmental Analysis (GRG 396T; CRP 383)

We will focus on the politics of environmental planning, broadly defined, and examine how political-economic and social structures and processes influence environmental policy-making and planning practices, We will revie... More
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Urban Landscape and Place-Making (ARC 386M; LAR 386M; CRP 386M)

This seminar explores ways to make better urban places both as a means to serve a city’s inhabitants, and also as a catalyst to urban regeneration. City leaders are increasingly realizing that the urban landscape of ... More
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Urban Transportation Planning (CE 391H ; CRP 384)

This course is focused on the transportation?s interrelationship with the urban environment, methodologies for planning multi-modal transportation systems, and developing feasible alternatives. Emphasis is placed on deve... More
Research & Initiatives

Urbanization Working Group, ESI

The goal of the Urbanization Working Group is to study environmental effects of urbanization and find paths to solutions. The Urbanization Working Group connects state, national, academic, and private interests and seeks... More
Research & Initiatives

Using Real Time Traveler Demand Data To Optimize Commuter Rail Feeder Systems

Commuter rail systems, operating on unused or under-used railroad rights-of-way are being introduced into many urban transportation systems. Since locations of available rail rights-of-way were typically chosen long ago ... More
Research & Initiatives

Using the CMAP Travel Tracker to Capture the Activity Patterns of a Youthful Disadvantaged Population

Transportation directly affects the quality of life. With few exceptions, most people do not travel for the sake of traveling; they travel with a purpose in mind. That purpose is to meet specific needs and wants, which e... More
Research & Initiatives

Vehicle Ownership, Retirement and Use Decisions: Response to Rising Fuel Prices and Implications for Carbon Emissions Forecasts

Automobile ownership plays an important role in determining vehicle use, emissions, fuel consumption, congestion and traffic safety. This work provides new data on ownership decisions and owner preferences under various ... More
Courses

Vertical Studio: Middle Class Sustainability? Sea Ranch (ARC 393)

By “middle class sustainability” I mean a set of living habits that are consistent with both contemporary middle class social values and the environmental conditions and forces found in the place where those habi... More
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Vertical Studio: PARA_SITES (ARC 393)

The redevelopment and re-vitalization of the downtowns of our cities play an important role in the promotion of more sustainable living habits. In an effort to increase urban density, infill construction, additions, and ... More
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Vertical Studio: Sustainability and Desire (ARC 393)

It may be that construction and program - that is, technology and desire - chicken and egg endlessly in architectural design, but the argument could be made that, when it comes to actually committing to building, desire ... More
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Vertical Studio: Sustainable Form (ARC 391)

Through a series of projects, lectures and readings this semester's studio work will concern itself with the purposeful inquiry of sustainability and form. Two different intentions of/for making form will be examined. Th... More
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Vertical Studio: The Child in the City (ARC 395)

The small American town and city formed a tight spatial, economic, and social grouping. People chose to live close to the action. There developed a business marketplace of one-on-one communication, where law and politics... More
Faculty & Staff

Waller, Travis

Modeling and large-scale optimization of transportation systems including network design, stochastic shortest path algorithms, and dynamic traffic assignment. Planning under uncertainty, transportation applications of in... More
Faculty & Staff

Walton, Michael

Dr. Walton researches intelligent transportation systems and intermodal freight logistics in addition to transportation systems engineering, planning, operations and policy analysis. Dr. Walton is a member of the Nationa... More
Faculty & Staff

Ward, Peter M.

Dr. Ward\'s principal research interests are Latin American urbanization, contemporary Mexican politics, housing policy and planning, Mexico City, and colonia-type agencies. In 2000, he and Victoria Rodriguez were jointl... More
Courses

Water and Wastewater Treatment: Biological Wastewater Treatment and Sludge Processing (CE 385L.2 )

Application of Biological Chemical and Physical Principles to the Analysis and Design of Biological Processes for the Treatment of Municipal and Industrial Wastewater and Sludge. More
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Water Resources Development and Policies (CE 397)

Analysis of water resources projects, particularly international water projects, with emphasis on engineering planning considerations and their relation to governmental policies. More
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Water Resources Planning (CRP 387C)

Throughout the nation, as well as around the world, watershed management practices and the provision of drinking water and wastewater infrastructure are major determinants of growth. More
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Water Resources Planning and Mangement (CE 385D )

Application of engineering economics, microeconomic theory, and operations research to the planning and management of water systems; major topics include flood control, hydroelectric power, water supply, multiobjective p... More
Faculty & Staff

Wilson, Barbara

Wilson oversees the research, educational and community outreach programs at the CSD. Her background in grant writing and sustainable community development inform her work facilitating the many projects underway at the C... More
Faculty & Staff

Wilson, Robert H.

Robert H. Wilson is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research and Mike Hogg Professor of Urban Policy at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, the University of Texas at Austin. He is Director of the Sch... More
Faculty & Staff

Xie, Chi

Dr. Chi Xie's research interest is focused on transportation and logistics systems analysis, including transportation network routing, scheduling and planning, transportation emergency and risk management, transportation... More
Faculty & Staff

Young, Robert

Dr. Robert F. Young works as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the fields of urban planning, sustainable economic development, and urban ecology. His research centers on the planning, govern... More
Faculty & Staff

Zhang, Ming

Urban transportation planning; urban form and travel behavior; GIS applications in planning; international planning More