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Coastal land use and climate adaptation

Jordan Branham is a fourth year doctoral student with a specialization in land use and environmental planning. His research interests center around two major areas: coastal climate adaptation and land use planning. Currently, he focuses these interests by (1) assessing the impact of coastal policies on land use and development patterns and (2) examining the determinants of various hazard mitigation strategies in coastal areas, such as shoreline armoring or managed retreat.

Prior to coming to UNC, Branham received his master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, where he also worked as a researcher with the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center and as a pedagogy and technology expert with the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. Branham has also worked as a high school environmental science teacher in Durham, NC. He received his bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Washington University in St. Louis.


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