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DCRP's table at the ACSP conference (pictured with PhD student Xijing Li)

This October, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) hosted their annual conference in Chicago, Illinois. The ACSP annual conference is one of the largest gatherings of collegiate planning programs in the country. The following list highlights papers and contributions from UNC faculty, students, and staff in the DCRP:

*bold denotes faculty and staff within the UNC Department of Urban and Regional Planning*


“The Dashboard is not Dead: Dashboards as Effective Tools in Skills Building, Community Building and Sense-Making”, coauthored by Carolyn DeLoyde, Donald Planey, Nikhil Kaza, Betsy Donald, Shauna Brail, and Nichola Lowe


“Mrs. Dalloway, but Written by the Planning Force: Evidence of Shanghai’s Daily Urban Flow’s Association with Suburbanization Process Revealed by Spatial Big Data”, authored by Xijing Li


“The Voices Behind Congestion Pricing: Unveiling the Social Backgrounds of Supporters and Opponents through a Large Language Model”, co-authored by Yang Yang and Yan Song


“’The Hood is Not for Sale:’ Collective Identity and Hood Solidarity in the Gentrification Debate in the Boyle Heights Neighborhood of Los Angeles and Beyond”, authored by Ashley Hernandez


“Targeting Occupations to Retrain for Clean Energy Workforce Development and Implications for Labor Market Dynamics”, coauthored by Kshitiz Khanal, Nikhil Kaza, and Nichola Lowe


“Climate Change and the Future of Work: Reclaiming Situated and Relational Knowledge”, coauthored by Nichola Lowe and Natasha Iskander


“Building a Sustainable Food System With and Through Carework”, authored by Sophie Kelmenson


“Centering Work: Manufacturing Extension as a Workforce Intermediary”, coauthored by Greg Schrock, Mina Kim, Nichola Lowe, and Sophie Kelmenson


“Planning to Exacerbate Flooding: Evaluating a Houston, Texas, Network of Plans In Place during Hurricane Harvey using a Plan Integration for Resilience Scorecard”, coauthored by Matthew Malecha, Sierra Woodruff, and Philip Berke


“Examine Environmental Inequity in Heat Exposure under a Rapid Urban Growth and Regreening Context—Case Study in a Sun-Belt City from 2000 to 2020”, authored by Xijing Li


“Research on Sustainable Development Evaluation of Mountain Towns based on Ecological Footprint”, coauthored by Na An and Yao Qiang


“Social Vulnerability and Collaboration Networks in Flood Disaster Recovery Planning: a Case Study in Houston”, coauthored by Malini Roy, Philip Berke, and Sierra Woodruff


“Unraveling the Legacy of Redlining: Urban Heat Exposure and Vulnerability in the U.S. (2000-2010)”, coauthored by Yimeng Song and Xijing Li


“Patterns of Development Shaping Disparities in Wealth and Flood-Exposure in Communities Across the United States”, coauthored by Chris Samoray, Miyuki Hino, Katharine Mach, and A.R. Siders


“Eliciting People’s Preferences for Water Subsidies as Compared to System Improvements in Delhi”, authored by Saumitra Sinha


“Connecting Communities to Water”, authored by Meenu Tewari

this work is based on ongoing research for the book, “Water Stories”


“Measuring the Extent of Zoning for Different Housing Types in the United States”, coauthored by Andrew Whittemore and William Curran-Groome


“Evaluation of the Impact of Zoning Policies by Urban Planner: a Case Study of Rail Transit Station Areas”, coauthored by Ke Peng, Lehan Li, Xiaolin Tan, Yanbing Hou, Jianyan Liu, and Philip Berke


“Evaluating Urban Heat Mitigation across Networks of Plans”, coauthored by Ladd Keith, Sara Meerow, Lauren Jensen, Shaylynn Trego, Erika Schmidt, and Philip Berke


“Learning to Have Difficult Conversations in a Divided Global Context”, coauthored by Rolf Pendall, Lingqian Hu, Linda Shi, Deden Rukmana, Andrew Greenlee, Ming Zhang, Meenu Tewari, and Ashok Das


“Cutting Across the Curb – A Multi-Perspective Discussion on Urban Curb Management”, coauthored by Kelly Gregg, Genevieve Giuliano, Alejandro Henao, David King, Kevin Krizek, Evan Iacobucci, and Rishi Verma


“Examining Injury Trends in Parcel Delivery Drivers in the United States: Challenges and Opportunities”, coauthored by Evan Iacobucci, Noreen McDonald, Rebecca Naumann, and Kristen Kucera


“A Retrospective Assessment of Transportation Impacts of COVID-19”, coauthored by Robert Noland, Hannah Younes, Evan Iacobucci, and Wenwen Zhang


“Better Estimates of Shopping Travel Distance in the United States”, coauthored by Matthew Bhagat-Conway, Deborah Salon, Zuri Garcia, and Carole Voulgaris


“Shifted Mobility: How Household Travel Behavior and Activity Participation Adapt to Night and Evening Shifts”, authored by Matthew Palm


“The Remarkably Low Cost of Private Car Mobility in the United States”, coauthored by Deborah Salon and Matthew Bhagat-Conway


“Mapping the Off-Peak: Where Shift Workers Live and Work, and the Implications for Sustainable Transportation”, authored by Matthew Palm


Additionally, PhD student Megan Mcintyre attended the Doctoral Program Fair, hosted by ACSP’s Pre-Doctoral Workshop, as a representative for the UNC DCRP’s doctoral program.


Finally, faculty member Meenu Tewari helped organize a reception for participants of the 2nd ACSP International Students’ Workshop as part of her role as co-chair of the ACSP Global Planning Education Committee (GPEC). Founded in 2019 and beginning its work in 2020, the GPEC has been instrumental in advocating for a more global perspective for planning curricula in US and Canadian schools. This year’s ACSP International Student Workshop focused on inviting students to share experiences, concerns, and ideas for advancing the endeavor of globalizing planning curricula.


More information about the conference can be found here:


A list of papers from the conference and their respective abstracts can be found here:

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