Interdisciplinary PhD Program in Urban Design & Planning


Research Seminar

Objectives: The objective of the new research seminar is to provide an additional opportunity to students in the program to receive input on their dissertation research question, approach, and methodology by a larger number of faculty and other student peers. Students will learn how to present their research proposal in a succinct form. Students will also learn how to give feedback and comments on their peers' research. The seminar is designed around the same objectives of the ACSP national PhD workshop that we hosted summer 2009.

Presenters: Students who will present will be at different stages in their dissertation work and may have simply a dissertation prospectus or a dissertation proposal or actually a draft chapter. Faculty may also present their ongoing or completed research.

Format: Presentations will be brief (15-20 minutes) focusing on the research questions, relevance to the field, hypotheses, approach and methods. Four panelists, invited to comment on the proposed research, will comment on the research question and approach. Comments should be limited to 3-4 minutes each. Presenters are given a chance to respond. Following this, there will be time for open discussion and questions.

Panelists: Four panelists, both faculty and students, can be identified by the presenters or suggested by other students and faculty and can include faculty from the program or other departments. They can also be practitioners.

Feedback: Panelists will provide feedback following presentations focusing on the intellectual merit and relevance of the research questions, the feasibility of the research plan, and the research approach and methods proposed. Panelists will be provided with a brief description (draft prospectus) of the research a week in advance.

The Autumn 2014 Seminar Schedule is currently being planned; please save the dates, 12:30--1:20 PM: October 7, 21, November 4, 25, and December 9.


12:30--1:20, Gould Hall 208J

Date Presenter
Oct. 22 Travis Longcore, (note: in Gould 100):
USC Spatial Sciences Institute and School of Architecture,
Urban Nature: Species Matter
Nov. 5 Academic Program Review Discussion: Powerpoint
Nov. 19 Discussion of PhD Urban Clusters
Dec. 3 Kyle Crowder, Professor, Sociology
Residential Mobility and Individual-level Processes of Environmental Inequality
Jan. 28 Creating an Urban Cluster of UW PhD Programs, Discussion with all interested participants
Feb. 11 J. Mark Ellis, Professor, Geography and Michael A. Babb, Administrator, Northwest Census Research Data Center
Talk Topic: Northwest Census Research Data Center
Feb. 25 Tim Nyerges, Professor, Geography, NOTE: ROOM CHANGE THIS TIME ONLY: GOULD 100
Foundations of Sustainability Information Representation Theory for Spatial-temporal Modeling in GIS
Mar. 11 Branden Born, Associate Professor, Urban Design and Planning
Planning's existential crisis, competition and collaboration, and how I came to not love evidence-based policy
April 22 Jason Scully, Doctoral Student, Urban Design and Planning
Food-related behavior: a spatial perspective
May 6 Annual Symposium, The Centrality of Urban in the Anthropocene: Implications for Graduate Research and Education
Please see web site:
May 20 Chungho Kim, Doctoral Student, Urban Design and Planning
Korean Urbanization and Demographic Resilience: 1970-2000
June 3 Peng Chen, Doctoral Student, Urban Design and Planning
Association between Bicycle Incident Frequency and Built Environment: a Spatial Statistical Approach


12:30--1:20, Gould Hall 208J

Date Presenter
Oct. 9 Dowell Myers, University of Southern California School of Policy, Planning, and Development, Walker Ames Lecturer,
Oct. 23 Faculty presentations:
Dan Abramson, Marina Alberti, Gordon Bradley, Steve Harrell, Jeff Hou
Nov. 6 Faculty presentations:
Lynne Manzo, Anne Vernez-Moudon, Bob Mugerauer, Qing Shen, Jan Whittington
Dec. 4 Thaisa Way, Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture
Urban history on the Margins: from a feminist perspective to a narrative of post-industrial landscapes
Jan. 29 Andy Krause
Re-Urbanism and Land Markets
Feb. 12 Student Panel Discussion
Feb. 26 Mary Roderick
Planning green infrastructure: a decision support approach
March 12 Karis Puruncajas
The residential urban forest: linking structure, function and management
April 23 Yue Ray Gong
Manufacturing Towns in China: Governance, Space and Conveyance of Rural Migrant Workers to the Assembly Line
May 7 Megan Horst
Transformative food systems planning: Theory and practice in the Seattle region
May 21 Annual Symposium: History of Human Settlements


12:30-1:30 in Gould 208J

Date Presenter
Oct. 11 Faculty presentations, introducing their work:
Marina Alberti, Dan Abramson, Glen Duncan, Bob Mugerauer, Anne Vernez-Moudon
Oct. 25 Faculty presentations, introducing their work:
Christine Bae, Sarah Elwood, Mimi Kahn, Lynne Manzo, Jan Whittington
Nov. 8 Ethan M. Berke,
Associate Professor in Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Geography at Dartmouth College, guest lecture, title to be announced
Nov. 22 Faculty Presentations, introducing their work
Gordon Bradley, Cynthia Chen, Rachel Kleit, Mark Purcell
Dec. 6 Mapping the Future of the Program Meeting
Jan. 10 Jason Scully
The relationship between Obesity and the Built Environment
Jan. 24 Megan Horst
The Alternative Food System Movement in the Puget Sound Region: Actors, Networks, and Community Development
Feb. 7 Jin Hyun Hong
Multilevel analysis of land use, VMT and auto ownership
Feb. 21 Sora Baek
A Comparative Study on Physical Activity Time Budget and Environmental Opportunities for Physical Activity between Korean Immigrant and Caucasian women in King County, WA
March 6 Mapping the Future of the Program Follow-up Meeting
April 3 Sahera Bleibleh
Everyday Life: Spatial Oppression and Resilience under the Israeli Occupation. The case of the old town of Nablus, Palestine
April 17 Discussion of paper by Charles Redman, Annual Symposium speaker
May 1 Andy Krause
Re-urbanization and Land Values: Implications for Land Use Planning
May 15 Daniele Spirandelli
Wastewater treatment types across a gradient of coastal urbanization: a study of the Puget Sound region
May 29 Mapping the Future of the Program Meeting


12:30-1:30 in Gould 208J

Date Presenter
Oct. 12 Mary Roderick
Water/Sewer/Problemsheds: Investigating Freshwater as a complex, social-ecological system
Oct. 26 J.D. Tovey
Public Engagement in Planning and Design
Nov. 2 Karen Dyson
Weaving Habitat into the Urban Fabric
Nov. 16 Bumjoon Kang
My Research Interests: Transit Accessibility Evaluation and Research Plan
Nov. 30 Sahera Bleibleh
Everyday Life: Spatial Oppression and Resilience under the Israeli Occupation. The case of the old town of Nablus, Palestine
Jan. 11 Yue Gong
Power and Discipline upon Rural Migrant Workers in the Chinese Manufacturing Town
Jan. 25 Tracy Fuentes
An Emerging Research Agenda: Linking Puget Lowlands Land Cover Changes to Planning, Plants, and Processes
Feb. 8 Jared Ulmer
Exploring relationships between objective traffic measures, perceptions of traffic burden, and self-rated health
Feb. 22 Karis Puruncajas
Understanding Urban Forest Structure of Residential Landscapes in the Seattle Metropolitan Urban(izing) Region
April 5 Hossein Estiri
An agenda for urban-climate research
April 19 Ruizhu Huang
Spatial cluster detection techniques (Moran's I, Getis-Ord G* and SaTScan)
May 3 Emad Dawwas
An Analysis of Urban Development Spatial Patterns in Palestinian Communities: Bethlehem-Hebron Region as a Case Study
May 17 Jan Whittington
Job talk 101- Cancelled

May 31 Annual Meeting
Petersen Room, noon-1:30


12:30-1:30 in Gould 208J

Date Presenter
Nov. 13 Ahmed Al-Noubani
Land Use/Land Cover Dynamics: A Case Study from the Palestinian West Bank
Nov. 20 Lin Lin
A Social Ecological Study of Children Commuting to School
Dec. 4 Julia Michalak
Assessing the Effects of Urban Development on Garry Oak Reproduction Processes
Jan. 22 Robert Fishman, Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, Walker Ames Lecturer
Special meeting with students
Jan. 29 David Hsu
Modeling of Household Water Consumption in Seattle
Feb. 12 Yan Jiang
The economic impact of environmental sensitive area policy on housing and land prices in King County
Feb. 26 Junfeng Jiao
The relationship between the household socioeconomic status/built environments and people's grocery shopping travel behavior
March 12 Daniele Spirandelli
Assessing Land Use / Land Cover Patterns, Wastewater Infrastructure and Biological Conditions for Puget Sound Shellfish
April 22-23 Annual Symposium
Charting Our Future by Reflecting on Our Past
May 21 Johann Koeppel, Technische Universitat Berlin
Urban Climate and Heat Stress in mid-latitude cities in view of climate change
May 28 Phil Hurvitz
Title TBA
June 4 Alan Borning
OneBusAway: A Suite of Transit Traveler Information Tools Results and Future Directions