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    Berke receives mentoring award

    Dr. Philip Berke, a professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning, received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Doctoral Mentoring at the ceremony.

    2013 Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

    DCRP's Professor Philip Berke receives mentoring award

    copy_of_hoodingmentor.jpgThe Graduate School presents the annual award to a faculty member who has: encouraged graduate students to establish their own records of scholarly activity, provided a supportive environment that brings forth the very best from students, and achieved a successful record of graduate degree completion among students he or she has advised. Dr. Philip Berke has been a member of the UNC-Chapel Hill faculty at DCRP since 1995. 

    Dr. Philip Berke received nominations from alumni and current doctoral students. One nomination letter said the following:

    “Throughout our doctoral studies, Dr. Berke has exhibited an ideal mixture of high expectations and unrelenting standards for the quality of our work, compassion and patience as we refine our thinking, skills, and habits in fits and starts, and genuine care and concern for our evolution into productive scholars capable of working independently and in collaborations.”


    Philip Berke

    Professor; Deputy Director, Institute for the Environment

    Dr. Berke teaches courses in land use and environmental planning and policy, environmental analysis and land use planning, and planning theory.

    Research and professional activities

    Dr. Berke is Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning. He is Deputy Director of the Institute for the Environment (IE), Director of the Center for Sustainable Community Design of IE, and Adjunct Professor in the Curriculum of Ecology at the University of North Carolina. He is currently a Collaborative Research Scholar of the International Global Change Institute in New Zealand.

    The central focus of his research is to develop a deeper understanding of the connections between human settlements and the natural environment. His research seeks to explore the causes of land use decisions and their consequences on the environmental, social, and economic systems of human settlements. His ultimate goal is to seek solutions to complex urban development problems that enhance the transition to sustainable communities.


    Current research

    Berke’s current research projects address domestic and international issues in the areas of environmental impacts of urbanization, land use planning, natural hazard mitigation, environmental justice, and sustainable development. His research has been supported by the United Nations Division of Humanitarian Affairs, U.S. National Science Foundation, New Zealand Foundation for Research Science and Technology, Federal Emergency Management Agency, North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute, and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. He is a co-recipient of the 2001 Best Article Award and 2000 Honorable Mention Best Article Award from the American Planning Association.

    Since 1990, Dr. Berke has presented seminars at 12 universities throughout the United States, and lectured in Belgium, Canada, China, Ecuador, England, France, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Thailand, Switzerland, and Taiwan. He is currently a member of the Science and Engineering Board for 2012 Update of Louisiana’s Master Plan for  Coastal Protection and Restoration.  Between 2003 and 2005 he was a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Disaster Research and the Social Sciences, and between 1995 and 2002 he was a Faculty Fellow of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. In 1993, he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar, Centre for Environmental and Resource Studies, University of Waikato, New Zealand. He has also served as a consultant on land use and environmental planning to state and local governments, served as a Hazard Mitigation Specialist for the Federal Emergency Management, and consultant to international disaster relief organizations.

    He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Architecture and Planning Research, and International Reveiw of Civil Engineering. He was Editor of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium Research Newsletter between 1986 and 1990.

    Following is a Summary of Recent and Ongoing Research Projects:

    + New Urban Development and Natural Hazard Mitigation
    + Coastal Ecosystem Degradation and Tsunami Mitigation in  Thailand
    + Development of a Framework for Transforming Eastern North Carolina to a Sustainable Future
    + Equitable Provision of Ecosystem Services in North Carolina's Triangle Region
    + Analysis of Federal Mitigation Policy: Mitigation Plans, Expenditures, Civic Engagement, and Local Capability

    Students currently supported by Dr. Berke's research funding

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