Urban Planning

Urban, city, and town planning seek to inform land use, development, and transportation infrastructure to accommodate the needs of the community, often with the explicit goal of maximizing both economic vitality and overall quality of life. RAND helps to inform policymakers who plan long-term urban services and neighborhood design, from determining the public health implications of proximity to parklands or inner city waste abatement to the role of urban planning in nation-building efforts.

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    Jarrett Catlin

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.S. in political science, Westmont College

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    Anita Chandra

    Vice President and Director, RAND Social and Economic Well-Being; Senior Policy Researcher; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Dr.P.H. in population and family health sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; M.P.H. in maternal and child health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health; B.A. in child development, Tufts University

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    Swaptik Chowdhury

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.S. in structural engineering (research), Arizona State University; B.Tech. in civil engineering, VIT University, India

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    Andreas Culora

    Analyst
    Education Ph.D. in human geography, Loughborough University, UK; B.Sc. in geography, Loughborough University, UK

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    Cynthia Gonzalez

    Director, Community Partnered Policy & Action
    Education Ph.D. in social and cultural anthropology, California Institute of Integral Studies; M.P.H. in epidemiology and biostatistics, USC Keck School of Medicine; B.A. in Chicana/o studies and public health, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Timothy R. Gulden

    Senior Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in public policy, University of Maryland; B.A. in liberal arts, Sarah Lawrence College

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    Liisa Ecola

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education M.C.P. in city planning, University of California, Berkeley; M.A. in political science, Emory University; B.A. in international relations, Emory University

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    Mark Alan Hanson

    Senior Quantitative Analyst
    Education Ph.D. in policy, planning and development, University of Southern California; M.P.A. in public affairs, Indiana University; M.S. in environmental science and policy, Indiana University; B.S. in psychobiology and business administration, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Aaron Kofner

    Senior Research Programmer
    Education M.S. in applied economics and management, Cornell University; M.A. in urban planning and transportation policy, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Karishma Patel

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.A. in public administration, Harvard University; B.A. in economics; international studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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    Michael T. Wilson

    Associate Policy Researcher
    Education B.A. in environmental science & policy, Harvard University; MUP in urban planning, Harvard University; MLA in landscape architecture, Harvard University; Ph.D. in urban and regional planning, MIT

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    Carlos Villegas

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.P. in public policy, University of Houston; M.A. in applied economics, University of Houston; B.A. in economics, political science, University of Houston