Transportation, Land Use, and Accessibility

Accessibility refers to the ability of individuals of all ages and abilities to reach the diverse array of destinations required to engage in socially rich and economically productive lives. Faculty conducting research on Transportation, Land Use, and Accessibility examine the connections between the way we plan and organize transportation systems and the pattern of urban development in order to identify strategies to enhance the accessibility of all persons. Our faculty are particularly interested in the impacts of new mobility technologies, such as automated vehicles, on land development patterns and the accessibility, mobility, and physical and social well-being of persons of all ages and backgrounds, and planning strategies to promote the use of more sustainable modes of transportation, such as biking, walking, and public transit.

DURP Faculty with Research Interests in Transportation, Land Use, and Accessibility

Jeff Brown, Ph.D. UCLA
Michael Duncan, Ph.D. UC Berkeley
John Felkner, D. Des. Harvard
Dennis Smith, AICP

FSU faculty in the departments of geography, engineering, psychology, sociology, public health, and public administration also conduct research on issues related to transportation, land use, and accessibility.

Doctoral Student Researchers with Interests in Transportation, Land Use, and Accessibility

Elham Shekari
Brian Waterman
Camila Zabot
Katie Wegrzyn

Current Research Projects

The influence of pedestrian plans on pedestrian commuting (Michael Duncan)

What types of cities adopt bike and pedestrian plans? (Michael Duncan)

Understanding and encouraging cycling by older adults (Kristin Gladwin, Michael Baker International, and Michael Duncan)

Drivers’ perceptions of bike share users in Mexico City (Yazmin Valdez-Torres, Florida Department of Economic Development, and Michael Duncan)

Completed project reports and other publications are listed on individual faculty web pages and in faculty CVs available on their web pages.

Why You Should Study Transportation, Land Use, and Accessibility at DURP

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning offers graduate degree programs at the doctoral and master’s levels. Our graduate students have received a number of prestigious external awards and fellowships in recent years, including US Department of Transportation Eisenhower Graduate Fellowships, American Public Transportation Association Fellowships, and Eno Foundation Fellowships. Our department also offers a Transit Fellow Program in partnership with the Florida Department of Transportation.