Examples of potential projects:
- Case studies of real estate developments, transit projects, policy implementation, or other subjects
- Forensic planning and development investigations - what worked and what didn't?
- Policy evaluations, both qualitative and quantitative
- Explorations of professional practices, including in-depth interviews with practitioners
- Research design guidance & research project management
Collaborated with Dan Chatman, Robert Cervero, and other researchers from the Institute for Urban and Regional Development at UC Berkeley to co-author the Transit Cooperative Research Program's Report 167 that analyzed predictors of transit project ridership. Personally conducted case studies of six transit investments, including more than 50 interviews with transit project stakeholders, to help identify indicators of transit investment success.
Conducted in-depth case studies of real estate development projects for Living Cities to help explain a troubling phenomenon observed by multiple philanthropic entities that had invested in sustainable development policies and projects: Transit-oriented development projects, particularly those that included affordable housing, were frequently delayed or canceled in spite of significant grant funding and government subsidy. We identified numerous institutional factors that had complicated the delivery of TOD projects and recommended tactics to address the stumbling blocks.
Transit Planning Practice in the Age of Transit-Oriented Development
Produced dissertation research on U.S. transit project planning that focused on how and why transit planners in 18 regions designed transit projects to foster transit-oriented development - for example, planning alignments and station locations based on real estate development opportunities. In-depth case studies of four transit projects illuminated the artful practice of shaping urban development through transit investment. The study was recognized by the Council of University Transportation Centers with the Wootan Award for the best dissertation on transport policy and planning in the United States.