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ACSP Annual Conference Recap

November 21, 2023

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 pl … Read more

Transportation Justice for Night and Evening Shift Workers in Canada

November 21, 2023

A new study led by Dr. Matthew Palm and colleagues at the University of Toronto is taking a closer look at where evening and night shift workers live in Canada’s biggest cities and researchers say mor … Read more

Recap: PLAN637 Course Field Trip to Greensboro

November 17, 2023

Earlier this month, students in the DCRP’s PLAN637 (Public Transportation) got the opportunity to travel to Greensboro to observe the public transit system in the region and observe its strengths and … Read more

Improvements in California rush-hour traffic after COVID-19 pandemic

November 17, 2023

A recent study by Professor Matthew Bhagat-Conway, a faculty member in the UNC Department of City and Regional Planning, has found an interesting trend in California’s highway network—since 2020 and t … Read more

Cartography and Research Tools Initiative (CaRTI)

August 11, 2022

DCRP is excited to introduce the Cartography and Research Tools Initiative (CaRTI), a student-led effort aimed at to bring peers up to speed in GIS and other technical programs used at DCRP and in the … Read more

Announcing our 2022 DCRP Student Award Winners!

June 14, 2022

Each year DCRP faculty and student body members select exemplary students as recipients of our annual DCRP awards. This year, we are thrilled to announce the five winners of our 2022 DCRP Student Awar … Read more

Dr. Hino Receives NC Sea Grant for Research on Chronic Flood Hazards

April 5, 2022

DCRP’s Dr. Miyuki Hino has received a North Carolina Sea Grant [link] to research chronic flood hazards in coastal communities! The North Carolina Sea Grant funds researchers seeking to examine curren … Read more

New Class Brings International Transportation Focus to DCRP

February 23, 2022

This fall Dr. Allie Thomas launched DCRP’s newest transportation planning course, International Transportation. The class introduces students to transportation planning work taking place around the gl … Read more

DCRP faculty member Danielle Spurlock

Dr. Danielle Spurlock Selected for RWJF Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program

February 22, 2022

Dr. Spurlock has been selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) for its prestigious Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL) program, alongside two colleagues, Dr. Allison De Marco of UNC’ … Read more

Course Spotlight: Data-Driven Courses at DCRP

February 7, 2022

Two data-driven DCRP courses taught by Dr. Nikhil Kaza and Dr. Matthew Bhagat-Conway provide DCRP’s undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral students with new insights into data analytics and spatial anal … Read more

COP26 From a Planning Lens

December 15, 2021

Introduction During the first two weeks of November, the 26th annual UN Conference of Parties (COP26) took place in Glasgow Scotland. Through support from the UNC Department of Public Policy and the D … Read more

Planning needs you, Carolina Planning wants you!

November 15, 2021

Are you thinking about applying to our MCRP program? Let our friends and alumni help! If you are from a group that is under-represented in the planning profession and higher education, we can connect … Read more

E-Biking as a Tool for Parents and Caretakers

October 27, 2021

In new study, “Electric bicycles and cargo bikes—Tools for parents to keep on biking in auto-centric communities? Findings from a US metropolitan area” DCRP’s Dr. Allie Thomas explores how parents and … Read more

Mobility Shifts in Response to COVID-19

October 13, 2021

Some of the most glaring effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been on human mobility. The pandemic has affected our frequency, modes, and distances of travel, leading many of us to increasing our tim … Read more

Collaborative Management for Economic Benefits and Resilience

October 12, 2021

Freshwater resources contribute to agriculture, electricity production, and industrial economic growth around the world. In a new study, DCRP’s Dale Whittington and co-authors discuss how coordinated, … Read more

Fall 2022 MCRP Admissions Webinar

October 5, 2021

Thinking about applying to the MCRP program? This webinar is for you!   Fall 2022 MCRP Admissions Webinar When: October 22 at 12:30pm-1:30pm EST Where: Virtual. Click here to register.   Que … Read more

Statement on the Board of Trustees Decision Regarding Nikole Hannah-Jones

June 24, 2021

Dear Carolina Community: Knowledge creation calls for space and security to look beyond established ideas toward newer thought, innovations and new discoveries. It requires the freedom to question and … Read more

Congratulations 2021 DCRP Student Award Winners

May 17, 2021

We are thrilled to announce the 2021 winners of two DCRP Awards!   Saumitra (Shomi) Sinha won the Best TA Award! Shomi was granted this award based on the nominations submitted by the graduating … Read more

Dr. William Rohe Receives 2021 Contribution to the Field of Urban Affairs Award

May 11, 2021

  DCRP’s Dr. William Rohe, former Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of City and Regional Planning and former Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Studies, received the Urban Affai … Read more

Congratulations Graduates!

May 11, 2021

We are thrilled to announce the 2021 winners of the MCRP Graduation Awards   The APA Outstanding Student Award recognizes outstanding attainment in the study of planning. The department selects t … Read more

STRIDE Funds Master’s Capstone Projects

April 5, 2021

Receiving STRIDE funds helps with cost of living and reducing debt.

What is good Hazard Governance?

April 1, 2021

Hazards are complex problems, at times with overlapping events.

Fern Hickey is a master’s student specializing in Land Use and Environmental Planning

Elevating resilience planning to protect communities

March 18, 2021

There is immense value in having the PIRS integrated into planning training.

Ethan Sleeman

Spillover Benefits of Park Proximity

March 10, 2021

Investing in green space and park creation has enormous benefits.

Nichola Lowe

Putting Skill To Work

February 25, 2021

An argument for reimagining skill in a way that can extend economic opportunity to workers at the bottom of the labor market.

DCRP faculty member Todd BenDor

Building resilience for storm-battered N.C.

February 4, 2021

Carolina researchers created a plan to help vulnerable communities weather future storms.


January 20, 2021

2020 created deep uncertainty for all organizations, including credit unions.

DCRP faculty member Danielle Spurlock

Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar Graduation

January 19, 2021

The FES program brings together selected faculty from across campus to engage in a two-year experiential, competency-based curriculum designed to advance their engaged scholarship.

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January 11, 2021

Understanding the transportation barriers to accessing healthcare and identifying innovative solutions to address those barriers.

Community Social Impact with Dr. Nguyen

December 14, 2020

How to measure and expand credit unions’ social impact to help develop a strategic advantage in the communities they serve.

Carolina Tracker: A Resource for Recovery

December 10, 2020

The Carolina Tracker website features timely stories, datasets and visualizations based on 30 different economic, social and transportation indicators for all 100 counties in North Carolina.

Dr. Mai tai Nguyen

Nguyen Named Research Fellow at Filene Research Institute Center of Excellence for Community Social Impact

November 16, 2020

Nguyen will lead a five-year project to expand knowledge on the practice and impact of credit union’s social and community development efforts through original and applied research.

Pierce Holloway

Humanities for the Public Good Graduate Fellow

November 4, 2020

Fellows hold skill-building placements with local cultural institutions, on or off campus, which serve or collaborate with publics beyond UNC.

Nichola Lowe CURS

Reflections on Retooling for the Covid‑19 Pandemic

October 12, 2020

Factories in cities and communities around the world are retooling production lines in response to the novel coronavirus.

Noreen McDonald

Making “Public” Economic Data Accessible

October 9, 2020

Amidst COVID-19 public safety measures, UNC researchers created a digital data dashboard to help inform North Carolina policymakers’ decisions on the state’s economic recovery.

Dr. Todd BenDor

BenDor named distinguished chair of sustainable community design

October 7, 2020

The distinguished chair position can help foster research partnerships and engagement with all of those who are interested in the environment.

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Sustainable Development and Natural Hazards

September 24, 2020

Measuring how climate change affects different social and economic outcomes, Dr. Hino works on increasing community resilience to the impacts of climate change.

Dr. Noah Kittner

Conversation with Noah Kittner on Energy Systems

September 9, 2020

My research focuses on planning for sustainable, resilient and equitable energy systems at multiple scales.

Roberto Quarcia

Is The American Dream Out Of Reach For Millennials?

September 4, 2020

Owning your first home is a rite of passage, but millennials are not achieving that milestone at the same rate as previous generations.

Noreen McDonald

Reinventing Traffic Impact Assessment

September 3, 2020

Recent research has questioned the accuracy and unintended consequences of Traffic Impact Assessment as it’s conventionally employed.

Emil Malizia


August 10, 2020

How can major urban employment centers within cities recover and also become more just and egalitarian places?

employees adjust to new manufacturing techniques during COVID-19

Retooling for the Covid‑19 Pandemic

July 21, 2020

Factories are adapting to coronavirus by retooling production lines and repurposing knowledge and technology.

Roberto Quarcia

Quercia Retires as Director of UNC Center for Community Capital

July 1, 2020

During his tenure as director, Quercia engaged in research projects in the areas of low-income homeownership, mortgage lending, subprime and predatory lending, and financial services issues.

DCRP faculty member Todd BenDor

An Infrastructure Package Could Help America’s Economy — and the Environment

July 1, 2020

A massive infrastructure push wouldn’t merely put Americans back to work, but if implemented correctly could also clean up the environment.

DCRP faculty member Meenu Tewari

Responses to the Pandemic: Economic Resiliency

June 26, 2020

A resilient recovery cannot be about a return to status quo. We have an opportunity to build a more just and transformative economic future.

Anna Jane Jones

NOAA Announces New Digital Coast Fellowship

June 2, 2020

On-the-job training for postgraduate students in coastal resource management and policy.

Charles Edwards

Response to the Pandemic: Supply Chain

May 20, 2020

Supply chains around the world are under tremendous strain as the novel Coronavirus spreads.

DCRP faculty member Mai Nguyen

Nguyen named director of the Academic Leadership Program

May 13, 2020

Nguyen to lead program that works to support and build an academic leadership network within the University and beyond.

Philip Berke

Berke to lead Center for Resilient Communities & Environment

May 11, 2020

Berke’s vision for the center will be to collaborate with faculty and students from across campus and to engage communities.

Excellence in Graduate Student Services Award

April 30, 2020

Student services managers work hard to support graduate students’ academic success and professional development.

Response to the Pandemic: Surveillance

April 27, 2020

The implications of cellphone-based surveillance and data collection systems emerging in response to the current health crisis.

Nichola Lowe CURS

Response to the Pandemic: Manufacturing

April 2, 2020

North Carolina is well-positioned to meet this challenge, and also respond to future pandemics and natural disasters.

DCRP faculty member

Response to the Pandemic: Service Industry

April 1, 2020

Strategies for reducing the impact of the coronavirus on the service industry.

Dr. Mai tai Nguyen

Response to the Pandemic: Housing

March 30, 2020

Safe and stable housing is essential during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Siri Nallaparaju

Global Grads – Siri Nallaparaju

March 23, 2020

Siri’s research focuses on ensuring better land use planning & management of coastal cities through nature-based climatic solutions.

Atticus Jaramillo

ACSP Student Representative

March 16, 2020

New ACSP Student Representative

Amy Sechrist

Learning about UNC’s district energy system

February 17, 2020

How does UNC heat, cool and power more than 175 buildings on campus?

Philip Berke

Resilience Scorecard

February 17, 2020

Assessing the degree to which the network of local plans target geographic areas most prone to hazards and evaluate the coordination of those local plans.

DCRP faculyt member Andrew Whittemore

Creative Placemaking

February 12, 2020

The theme of Carolina Planning Journal’s 41st volume back in 2016 was, Just Creativity. DCRP Associate Professor Andrew Whittemore reviewed the literature on placemaking from that issue and explores w … Read more

Loan Shopping Experiences

January 31, 2020

The new research reveals the loan shopping experiences of manufactured homeowners.

Women of DCRP

January 27, 2020

Providing support & connection for the women-identifying students and alumni of Carolina Planning

Alex Halloway

Reflections on new roles in disaster response

January 27, 2020

Students engage with leaders at RISE conference

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We’re Everywhere!

January 15, 2020

“We’re Everywhere!”: The Social, Political and Economic Life of LGBTQ+ Communities.

Dr. Nichola Lowe

Genesis at Work

January 6, 2020

New Report Finds “Good Jobs” Strategies Improved Profitability and Growth for Manufacturing Firms

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ITE Student Chapter at Carolina Planning

December 20, 2019

Our student ITE Chapter welcomes anyone who works to improve livable communities.

Meenu Tewari

Resiliency Urbanism

December 17, 2019

Tales of Climate Adaptation from Four Indian Cities: India’s massive urban transition is happening at the same time as dramatic climate change.

In class with Bill Rohe

Housing Opportunity Finder

December 9, 2019

The Problem: Nationwide, many of the 2.2 million families with Section 8 vouchers struggle to find affordable housing, especially in high-opportunity neighborhoods with low crime, good schools, and ac … Read more

A summer at Fehr & Peers in Los Angeles

December 9, 2019

My summer intern experience at Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants in Los Angeles.


Struggles With Housing Explored Through Art And Musical Theater

November 25, 2019

A multimedia exhibit co-created by Mai Nguyen and based on archival, historical and qualitative research in St. Louis.

Scholars Bill Rohe, left, and Michael Webb

Affordable housing may be a click away

October 28, 2019

UNC scholars will develop an app to help low-income families find affordable homes in better neighborhoods.

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Opposition to Housing in a Suburban County

October 28, 2019

“Zoning outcomes do focus on reduction of harm to property owners, but more often serve as vehicles for the preservation and even elevation of homeowners’ wealth by charging developers with producing … Read more

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Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Award

October 14, 2019

Congratulations Lucia Constantine (’20 Master’s Candidate) for being awarded the NC_APA Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Award

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State of the Department Social

September 9, 2019

Thank you to everyone that attended our “State of the Department” social. It was a great opportunity to get together for a quick update on the department’s goals, meet new faculty faces, and learn abo … Read more

Dr. Lowe

Economies that work for all

September 6, 2019

Nichola Lowe is a professor in the Department of City & Regional Planning within the UNC College of Arts & Sciences. Her research unpacks the processes and practices that contribute to more eq … Read more

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Analysis: The Rise and Fall of Progressive Regionalism in the South

September 5, 2019

The “Golden Era of Southern Governors” led to multi-state institutions that helped Southerners advance education, economic development, banking, and technology.

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Supercharge your planning career with APA

August 29, 2019

APA membership connects young planners to their communities and the professional world while in school. It provides career services, information about industry trends, and most importantly networking … Read more

Eleftheria "Ria" Kontou

How does Uber & Lyft impact accident & DUI rates?

August 29, 2019

Eleftheria “Ria” Kontou is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of City and Regional Planning within the UNC College of Arts & Sciences. She uses transportation models to uncover wh … Read more

A Center for Interaction and Research

August 5, 2019

Learn more about Dr. Rohe’s 25 years as director of the UNC Center for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS).

Dr. Mai Nguyen

Award-winning Viet Nam regional plan

July 22, 2019

Dr. Mai Nguyen, an Associate Professor at Carolina Planning, was part of an international team that collaborated with the Viet Nam Institute for Urban and Rural Planning (VIUP) to develop a regional p … Read more

Noreen McDonald

Transit in the Era of Shared Mobility

June 6, 2019

There are several conflicting trends in the rapidly changing transportation market, which are impacting transit ridership is varying ways. Transportation Network Companies have the potential to reduce … Read more

Nichola Lowe CURS

Lowe Named CURS Interim Director

May 20, 2019

On June 30, 2019, longtime Center for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS) Director Bill Rohe will step down from his CURS leadership role as he moves into phased retirement. Senior Associate Dean for So … Read more

Danielle Spurlock

Recognized as a Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholar

May 14, 2019

Carolina Planning Assistant Professor Danielle Spurlock has been named one of ten Nancy Weiss Malkiel Scholars at the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.  The Malkiel Scholars Award, funded … Read more

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Alumnus Jay Chatterjee (’61 MRP) Returns

May 13, 2019

Recently ’61 DCRP alumnus Jay Chatterjee returned to Carolina Planning to give a talk and meet with our students.  During his stay, students were fortunate to hear his feedback on their ULI Hines Comp … Read more

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Student ULI Hines Competition

May 9, 2019

Every year Carolina Planning students participate in the ULI Hines Competition–the national design competition in which multidisciplinary teams of students propose visionary development programs for … Read more

Dr. Yan Song

Urban Development Networks

May 6, 2019

How the evolution of urban networks has impacted city design as well as the natural environment.

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DCRP Students Work on Interdisciplinary Research at the Nexus of Climate Change and Health

May 6, 2019

A strength of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill is the potential for students to take courses in other departments and engage with faculty a … Read more

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That’s Not How Climate Works! Extreme Weather and Climate Misinformation

May 6, 2019

This winter has certainly been a wild ride with the Midwest suffering from record setting cold and unprecedented flooding, Washington experiencing unparalleled amounts of snow, and an usually wet wint … Read more

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The Future of Biking Across the United States (test)

May 6, 2019

If you have ever felt compelled to confront the importance of planning in your daily life, try biking on the rumble strip of a highway. The discomfort of being distinctly out of place reveals underlyi … Read more

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Economic Development alumni panel and social event

April 1, 2019

Thank you to our alumni!

Eisenhauer Award Winners

Carolina Transportation Students Awarded Eisenhower Fellowships

March 12, 2019

Three UNC-Chapel Hill Department of City and Regional Planning students were awarded the 2018 Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship through the U.S. DOT’s Federal Highway Administration. T … Read more

Ahmed Rachid El-Khattabi

Better Modeling the Demand for Water

March 11, 2019

Each year, The Graduate School honors graduate students in programs throughout our University for their powerful discoveries that contribute to a better future for people and communities in North Caro … Read more

Dr. Todd BenDor

Agent-Based Modeling

March 4, 2019

Conflict is a major facet of many environmental challenges of our time. However, growing conflict complexity makes it more difficult to identify win-win strategies for sustainable conflict resolution. … Read more

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NC Triangle WTS International Scholarship Winners

February 25, 2019

The NC WTS International Chapter will present awards to women pursuing careers in transportation-related fields at its annual foundation luncheon.

Affordable Housing and Its Residents Are Not Pollutants

February 24, 2019

Read Mai Nguyen’s critique of Housing Policy Debate paper where they measure the effect of affordable housing on property values.

Emil Malizia

Restoring East Market Street

February 20, 2019

APA’s inaugural CPAT project helps heal a fractured African-American community in Greensboro, North Carolina.

DCRP faculty member

Replacing Truth with Social Hope

February 13, 2019

Can the Pragmatist Philosophy of Richard Rorty Help Reinvigorate Planning?

Meenu Tewari

Connecting Communities to Water in India

February 13, 2019

Meenu Tewari discusses her current book project on urban development in India, specifically regarding connecting people to water.

CPJ Issue 43 editorial team

Now Available Online – Volume 43 of the Carolina Planning Journal

February 4, 2019

Volume 43 of the Carolina Planning Journal is now available for free on the Carolina Planning Journal webpage. The theme for this issue, “Planning for Uncertainty,” was inspired by the unexpected resu … Read more

Fast-Growing Companies Prefer Vibrant Parts of Cities—and Suburbs

February 4, 2019

A new study finds that high-growth companies flock to neighborhoods that are more mixed-use and transit-accessible, whether in urban centers or suburbia. For all the talk about tech firms heading back … Read more

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Scholars from Beijing Undertake Comparative Study of American Cities

February 4, 2019

Scholars from Beijing Municipal Institute of City Planning and Design Undertake Comparative Study of American Cities Five UNC Program on Chinese Cities visiting scholars from the Beijing Municipal Ins … Read more

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Student Research Seminar Series

February 3, 2019

Doctoral Candidate Andrew Guinn and 2019 Master’s Candidate Matt Stern start off our student research seminar series: (Next event: Thursday, February 28; 3.30-5; NE 101) Andrew Guinn (PhD) Revising th … Read more

Meenu Tewari talking to a student

Development with Global Value Chains

January 21, 2019

Can firms and economies utilize global value chains (GVC) for development? How can they move from low-income to middle-income and even high-income status?

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Innovations in Ride-Hailing to Access Health Care

January 9, 2019

How is ride-hailing technology changing health care transportation in the United States?

Dr. Allie Thomas talking

Transportation “best practices” travel the globe

December 14, 2018

Welcome to the Carolina Planning Plan to Talk Podcast Series, where we profile fascinating people connected to the Department of City and Regional Planning at The University of North Carolina at Chape … Read more

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Homeownership & student financial counseling

November 16, 2018

We talk with mortgage finance expert Roberto Quercia, and ask him how he got into planning, what projects he’s currently working on and how he brings his research into the classroom.

Dr. Mai Nguyen

In the Shadows of Ferguson

June 5, 2017

“In the Shadows of Ferguson” personifies the socio-historical-political processes that institutionalized racism and inequality.