I am an Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I also teach in the Curriculum for the Environment & Ecology and am a faculty fellow at the Institute for the Environment, fellow at the Center for Urban and Regional Studies and a research fellow at the Center for Community Capital.
My research seeks to analyse the motivations and plans of multiple intentional actors endowed with limited capabilities, imperfect foresight and distributed authority in urban settings. My research focus has been on the relationships between stated intentions, unstated goals, continually changing situations and how planning by various government and non-government actors ought to, and do account for these interdependencies. Lately, I have been studying these issues in the context of local energy planning.
I intend to use the research on energy planning as an example of where the crucial interactions of various governments, firms and other organisations, need to be understood to tease out the efficacy of planning. I use different techniques to study interrelated urban processes. For example, the research on local energy planning is proceeding on three fronts: 1) the spatial patterns of adoption of green building technologies using spatial statistical methods. 2) qualitative analysis of the energy plans by various governments. 3) using econometric models to understand the adoption patterns and barriers to energy efficiency.
In addition, I am also interested in the changes in the urban land use patterns and their impacts on the society and the environment. I use large spatial data sets to model urbanisation in various futures and seek to develop frameworks about how to plan for these futures. I am also interested in how planning processes account for these multiple futures in different case studies.
Most of my work is in collaboration with many others. I briefly list some of them below. Apologies to those who are missing from the list.