My research focuses on the intersection between urban planning and climate change and explores how climate action planning can make more sustainable and resilient cities. I utilize qualitative research methods such as stakeholder interviews, workshop facilitation, and content analysis of public policy documents. One broad area of my research is better understanding how the urban planning profession and planning processes in cities are addressing climate change, and how effective these approaches are in documents like comprehensive plans and hazard mitigation plans or newer climate action plans. Although I am interested in the evolution of climate action planning across diverse city sizes and geographies, a particular focus of my research is exploring how cities can increase their resilience to extreme heat. Extreme heat is an increasing climate risk with less existing governance structure than other risks like sea level rise and urban flooding.
I am always open to discuss research collaboration opportunities. If you are a prospective undergraduate or graduate student who shares similar interests, please contact me.
- Plan Integration for Resilience Scorecard for Heat (PIRSH)
- Urban Heat and Health Interventions and Evidence Gaps
- Extreme Heat at Outdoor COVID-19 Vaccination Sites
- Planning for Extreme Heat Survey
- Visioning a Cooler Tucson: Participatory Planning for Extreme Heat Resilience