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Faculty Research

Faculty Research

Our faculty members provide students with the tools they need to thrive after graduation because of their own passion for planning, GIS, and design research.

Research informs teaching and brings the real-world impact of our faculty and students to classroom discussions and student assignments. 

The School's faculty have expertise in economic development, land use planning, environmental and health planning, urban design, housing and community development, transportation planning, geographic information systems, and urban analytics. They've worked with non-profit, governmental, and for-profit agencies and organizations around Atlanta, other cities in the US, and internationally. 

If you would like to get involved in a research project, please talk to one of the program directors, the research center or research lab directors, or to the chair.

The screen grab of a map from the tracker highlighting eviction counts by county in a map of Atlanta.

Partnership Launches Atlanta Region Eviction Tracker

with Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Atlanta Regional Commission, and CSPAV

Several partnering organizations in Atlanta came together to create a database of eviction filings. Their goal is to provide information to constituents and decision makers about the state of eviction-related housing instability, particularly in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This project was led by Elora Lee Raymond, Assistant Professor in the School of City and Regional Planning; the Center for Spatial Planning Analytics and Visualization (CSPAV); the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; and the Atlanta Regional Commission.

View from the Covid-19 Risk Calculator data dashboard.

County-Level Calculator Estimates Risk of Covid-19 Exposure

An interactive dashboard that estimates Covid-19 incidence at gatherings in the U.S. has added a new feature: the ability to calculate county-level risk of attending an event with someone actively infected with Coronavirus (Covid-19). Previously, the dashboard estimated exposure for different size events by state.

Since April, Assistant Professor Clio Andris and her Friendly Cities Lab have worked with Joshua Weitz, professor in the School of Biological Sciences, to create a Covid-19 model that accounted for spatial interaction.

Active & Recent Research Grants

Our faculty members are responsible for an average of more than $3 million per year of externally funded research and are widely sought after to advise on many issues. 

Brian Stone’s Hazards SEES: Enhancing Emergency Preparedness for Critical Infrastructure Failure During Extreme Heat Events project is funded by the NSF from 2015-2020 for $2,349,000.

Nancey Green Leigh has an NSF funded project, NRI: Workers, Firms, and Industries in Robotic Regions, from 2016-2020 totaling $784,887. Dr. Leigh also was awarded a new NSF grant, NRI: FND: Barriers and Solutions for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers’ Collaborative Robot Adoption from 2020-2023 for $749,958.

Subhro Guhathakurta is working on a Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta grant, HouseATL Project Pipeline Dashboard, from 2020-2021 for $30,000.

Nisha Botchwey had a 2016-2019 grant from the University of California $465,882 for the Physical Activity Research Center.

Michael Elliott worked on Women's Action Towards Climate Resilience for Urban Poor in South Asia, funded by the Mahila Housing Sewa Trust from 2016-2019 for $92,749.53.

Mike Dobbins was funded by the Powder Springs Downtown Development Authority for $11,000 during the 2018-2019 academic year for Creating a Corridor Design Plan in the Context of Comprehensive Framework Planning.

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