Humphrey School News—November 7, 2016

Humphrey School Faculty Participate in ACSP Annual Conference

Seventeen faculty members and graduate students from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the University of Minnesota presented work at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) annual conference in early November.

ACSP is a consortium of university urban and regional planning programs with member schools across the United States. The conference, which was held November 3-6 in Portland, Oregon, focused on the role of academic planning programs in the field of urban planning practice.

Humphrey faculty and graduate students presented research across a broad range of urban planning topics. In the area of transportation planning, Kathy Quick presented emerging research focused on roadway safety in American Indian reservations, while doctoral students working with Greg Lindsey presented on bicycling safety (Jueyu Wang) and the effects of weather on bicycle trail use (Alireza Ermagun). 

Ermagun received the People's Choice Poster Award, which is given to the best poster presentation and is selected by conference attendees.  

In the area of transit, Andrew Guthrie and Yingling Fan presented their work on the relationship between job growth, social equity and transit systems, while Jason Cao and Jueyu Wang explored the role of the built environment in walking around transit stops.

Carissa Slotterback, associate professor in urban and regional planning and Secretary of the ACSP, presented research in a session moderated by Kathy Quick on the challenges planners face regarding the interaction of social systems with ecological systems.

Faculty were also well-represented in research presentations on community development and housing.

Ryan Allen, associate professor and director of the Urban and Regional Planning Area, is the lead organizer of a paper session on planning issues surrounding immigration. Allen and Fernando Burga, assistant professor in urban and regional planning,  both presented papers as part of this session. Allen’s research examines the prevalence of housing cost burden among unauthorized Latino immigrants, while Burga’s work in this area addresses the barriers to participatory civic engagement that accompany unauthorized legal status in the United States. With doctoral student Tony Damiano, Edward Goetz presented work on affordable housing production in suburban areas.

Several Humphrey faculty and doctoral students presented research that focuses on planning issues outside of the U.S. Yunlei Qi and Yingling Fan presented work on changes in spatial mismatch for disadvantaged workers in Beijing, China, while doctoral student Chen Zhang will present research on rural to urban migration in China. Doctoral student Kirti Das and Yingling Fan presented findings on the relationship between subjective well-being and infrastructure.

More information about the ACSP conference can be found here.

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