Teaching interests

  • Urban and Environmental Issues
  • Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Pollution Control Policy and Planning
  • Adaptation, Hazard Mitigation, and Resilience
  • Population Displacement and Relocation

Current: UAP 3354 Environmental Policy and Planning

This course introduces students to the field of environmental policy and planning by reviewing a broad spectrum of environmental policies, programs, and planning approaches commenced on the community, regional, state, and federal levels. Following the initial presentation of the key terminology, concepts, practice, and theory of environmental policy and planning, the course proceeds to critically evaluate a range of environmental problems and address strengths and weaknesses of existing policy and planning strategies developed in their response. This learning approach provides students with the ability to apply creative and multidimensional judgment when discussing possible policy and planning solutions for existing and emerging issues in the environment, as well as understand the complexity and uncertainty of corresponding decision-making efforts. Throughout this process, students have opportunity to actively participate in the class discussions, problem-solving activities, and group collaboration.

Current: UAP 4364 EPP Senior Seminar

This course includes a critical examination of the social, political, economic, legal, scientific, and technological contexts underlying processes of environmental change, problems, and solutions, as seen from various conceptual and disciplinary perspectives. It offers students with opportunity to investigate and discuss emerging issues and approaches in environmental policy and planning. Namely, it explores the following topics: planning for climate change adaptation and community resilience; international innovations in environmental planning and policy; and U.S. energy planning and policy from federal to state to regional to local. 

*** Spring 2014 Theme: Coastal Environmental Policy and Planning

Senior Seminar Spring 2014

The Environmental Policy Seminar is designed to facilitate learning and critical thinking about emerging environmental issues and their policy and planning solutions. The first three lectures will introduce you to the field of climate change policy and planning and more specifically concepts of adaptation, vulnerability, and resilience. The goal of this seminar course is not to cover a diverse range of issues superficially but rather to focus on a single emerging problem and analyze it in a great depth, exploring its various dimensions, complexity, uncertainty, and impacts on coastal policy and planning decision-making.

 The overarching theme of this seminar is Coastal Environmental Policy and Planning. Many coastal communities are increasingly being exposed to coastal hazards and sea-level rise. The augmented risks are already evident from the increase in tropical cyclone activity, manifested as more intense and extensive hurricanes, chronic coastal problems like erosion, land subsidence, as well as gradual but permanent sea-level rise. The inherent vulnerability of coastal systems partially stems from the long history of unsustainable land use, zoning, and development that have been fostering high population densities and urban growth close to shorelines.

 In this class, we will explore the extent of this problem, current adaptation efforts and policy and planning interventions designed to increase coastal resilience, as well as social, economic, political, legal, and other implications that might influence coastal decision-making. We will analyze this issue and implemented/considered solutions on different geographic and temporal scales, as well as discuss individual case studies to evaluate to identify good practices and identify gaps and needs in coastal environmental policy and planning.

And then, after the fantastic semester, students invited me to celebrate with them in a Hokie House….

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Recent: UAP 4384 Pollution Control Policy and Planning

This course will introduce you to the planning and policy aspects of managing residuals and environmental contaminants and their effects on human health and environmental quality in the United States. It will present technical and economic factors involved in management of water quality, air quality, solid and hazardous wastes, toxic substances, and noise pollution. It will give you a theoretical and practical foundation to critically evaluate the management of diverse range of environmental issues, as well as address strengths and weaknesses of existing local, state, and federal policy and planning strategies developed in their response. This learning approach will equip you with the ability to apply creative and multidimensional judgment when discussing policy and planning solutions for existing and emerging issues in the environment. Throughout this process, you will have an opportunity to actively participate in the class discussions, problem-solving activities, and group collaboration.