Urban Development, Coastal Infrastructure and Policy

How does infrastructure or lack of affect urban development along the coast

Extent and Change of Irregular/Informal Settlements

Machine learning techniques to identify irregular settlements

Justifications for Planning

Why do public and private organisations plan? When? How are the plans used?

Local Energy Policy & Planning

The interactions between land use, transportation, environment and energy systems

Smart Water Management and Internet of Things

Managing urban water infrastructure with new data driven approaches and institutional change

Urban Change and its Impacts

Novel measures of urban demographic, economic and morphological indicators

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While urban counties consume substantially more gasoline/diesel, rural counties are thrice as profligate as urban counties on per capita basis.


Spatial clusters of deprivation and their patterns


Finding density of places, service deserts using Google and OSRM.


Working Papers/Under Review

More Publications

. Demarcating Regions using Community Detection in Commuting Networks. Papers in Regional Science, 0001.

. Does removal of federal subsidies discourage development? An evaluation of the US Coastal Barrier Resources Act. Nature Climate Change, 0001.

. Explaining spatial variations in residential energy usage intensity in Chicago: The role of urban form and geomorphometry. Journal of Planning Education and Research, 0001.

Project Project

. Missing Millions: Undercounting Urbanisation in India. Population & Environment, 0001.


. Smart Meters Data for Modeling and Forecasting Water Demand at the User-level. Environmental Modelling and Software, 0001.


Selected Publications

Why are many plans not implemented? Common explanations are planners have little power, they fail to account for political or environmental uncertainty in the plans, or they failed to include enough voices during the planning process. The theoretical frameworks on which we base our understanding of plans focus on implementation as a key evaluative mechanism. I challenge the premise that plans realise their potential only when they are implemented. Monitoring implementation of plans presupposes that we know what plans there are to monitor. Such monitoring privileges published plans and ignores all the other plans that guide urban development. It assumes that the decision situations in which plans are used are observable. By jettisoning implementation as a key criterion by which to evaluate the effectiveness of plans, we can begin to focus on the myriad ways in which plan makers and others use plans. We can instead ask, “How are these plans used? Who uses them? When are they useful? How to make useful plans?” With these questions, we can create different evaluative frameworks for different types of plans. Some unimplementable plans are worth making
Planning Theory, 2019

Land use planners and environmental advocates often argue in favor of compact growth and the consolidation of commercial activity into well-defined centers as a method to curb traffic and improve air quality. However, recent scholarship has shown that sprawling land-use patterns are also linked to lower levels of economic mobility. This work has reignited debates over spatial mismatch and how specifically “geography matters” in determining economic opportunity. This paper contributes to this emerging field by providing a national reassessment of the spatial mismatch hypothesis. Specifically, we analyze the degree of labor market integration between metropolitan employment centers (ECs) and distressed inner-city neighborhoods using new data available from the Local Origin Destination Employment Statistics (LODES) program. We define employment centers using McMillen (2003)’s method of subcenter identification based on local peaks in employment density the census tract level. We then define inner-city residential locations as all economically distressed census tracts located within the main principal city of each metropolitan area. We then measure the labor flows between inner-city tracts and each defined employment center by type (i.e. suburban, urban and CBD). Overall, we find that although inner-city residents make up for a small share of employment within all ECs, non-CBD urban ECs do a better job of hiring workers from distressed inner city areas than suburban ECs. Structural conditions such as transit accessibility, sprawling land-use patterns, and jurisdictional complexity are each negatively associated with connecting inner-city residents to jobs in ECs.
Economic Development Quarterly, 0001

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