Research

An example of faculty work in Regional Planning is below.

Professor Karen R. Polenske has been concentrating in DUSP on domestic and international Regional Planning research and teaching since the early 1970s. Some of the recent and current research projects include:

  1. Regional restructuring implications of land-recycling in China (including a comparative analysis with Brazil and India)
  2. Comparative study of factors affecting energy-intensity (energy consumption per unit of output) trends in Brazil, China, and India.
  3. Designing an improved regional socioeconomic modeling system for the United States at a county level to study food security, transportation flows, and socioeconomic impacts
  4. Socioeconomic impacts of Katrina in New Orleans and the rest of Mississippi and the United States
  5. Sources of regional growth in Appalachia's non-metro counties
  6. The Technology-Environmental-Energy-Health (TEEH) chain in China: case study of coke making in Shanxi Province.
  7. A study of the U.S. auto industry and the socioeconomic effects that new technology had on the competitiveness of the industry.

Professor Joseph Ferreira's research interests involve GIS and interactive spatial analysis tools to model land-use and transportation interactions and to build sustainable information infrastructures for supporting urban and regional planning. Recent research projects with a regional planning component include:

  1. Land use and transportation interactions
  2. Data sharing and spatial data infrastructure
  3. Metropolitan development and growth management
  4. Analysis of the sources of regional economic growth in Appalachia's non-metropolitan counties

Professor P. Christopher Zegras teaches urban transportation planning, statistics, and land use-transportation planning in DUSP and is the MIT Lead for the MIT- Portugal Program, Transportation Systems Focus Area, and is a member of the Campus Energy Task Force of the MIT Energy Initiative. Current research projects include the following, the first of which were developed as part of the MIT Portugal Program, in collaboration with three Portuguese universities: IST, Coimbra, and Porto:

  1. Strategic options for integrating transportation innovations and land development
  2. CityMotion: Data fusion for mobility consumers, providers, and planners
  3. Travel behavior of the leading edge baby boomers: evidence from age-restricted communities in suburban Boston
  4. China urban design studios: lessons and directions for the clean energy city

Professor Ciro Biderman's research interests include urban and regional economics focused on public policies at the sub-national level, with particular emphasis on land policies and its interaction with real estate markets and transport costs. Current research projects include:

  1. Determinants of informality in housing in Latin American cities
  2. Participatory budget and its impact on economic, social and fiscal outcomes
  3. Mobility, integration and accessibility in São Paulo Metropolitan Area (SPMA)

Nicolas Rockler is an economic consultant specializing in regional economic impact measurement, modeling, and assessment. Recent projects in 2008 include:

  1. Presentations on Can Vermont Afford to Grow Old
  2. Estimating economic damages under alternative flood-control scenarios
  3. Estimating economic impact of alternative health care insurance funding options
  4. Commercial and residential property valuation, Florida Keys