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Directors

Shima Hamidi, PhD
shima.hamidi@uta.edu 
Director

Shima

Dr. Hamidi has been involved in several national grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Transportation Research Board, National Institute of Transportation and Communities, American Association of Retired Persons, National Institutes of Health, Ford Foundation, and Smart Growth America. She has written more than 25 journal articles and a book on transportation, urban design, and walkability, as well as urban form and its quality-of-life impacts. The results of her research were presented in a national press release in partnership with Smart Growth America and have been cited in more than 100 national and regional newspapers and magazines such as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and CNN Money.

Staff

Raha Pouladi
Administrative Assistant II - IUS

raha.pouladi@.uta.edu   
Office: CAPPA 103C
817-272-2139

Education: PhD, Urban Planning & Public Policy, University of Texas at Arlington, On going MA, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Tarbiat Modares, Terhan, Iran, 2008 BA, Theoretical Economics, Azad University, Shiraz, Iran 2003

Bio: Raha’s educational background is in Economics and Planning, and she has work experience as an administrator, a GIS technician, an urban & regional planner, and as an economic analyst, both in the U.S. and abroad. She’s bringing her passion and experience to the Institute and has already made significant impact on facilitating our staff and GRAs work.


David Weinreich
Postdoctoral Research Associate

david.weinreich@uta.edu   
Office: CAPPA 103H
817-272-9145

Education: PhD, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan, 2016 MA, Urban and Regional Planning, University of California, Irvine, 2011 BA, University of California, Berkeley, 2001

Bio: David Weinreich is a Postdoctoral Associate with the Institute for Urban Studies within CAPPA. David Weinreich’s work focuses on the political obstacles to planning regional transportation systems that cross multiple local jurisdictional boundaries, and the role local divisions have in fragmenting the transportation system—a particular problem for those who cannot drive, whether due to age, income or physical disability. David’s dissertation examined regional transportation tax referendums as a potential regional funding solution, and compared processes used to develop regional transportation tax measures across four US metro regions. His work was funded by an Eisenhower Transportation grant from the US DOT, and by the University of Michigan Initiative on Disability Studies. His work has been published in Public Works Management and Policy, and he has an upcoming article in Transportation Research Record.  David has participated in the regional planning process himself, serving for two years on the Citizen Advisory Committee to the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan, contributing to a regional effort to develop a regional express bus rapid transit system for the Detroit region. David has worked or interned at several regional planning agencies in California. He also worked for the California State Legislature, analyzing legislation and doing community outreach on air quality concerns.


Harya 'Koko' S. Dillon  
Postdoctoral Research Associate

harya.dillon@uta.edu 
Office: CAPPA 103H
817-272-9145

Education:
PhD, Urban Planning & Public Policy, University of California, Irvine, 2017
MURP, University of California, Irvine, 2011

Bio: Harya ‘Koko’ Dillon is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with CTEDD at CAPPA. Koko specializes in urban economics and transportation policy. His research interest centers on the linkages between land use, travel behavior, active commuting, ownership of alternative fuel vehicles, congestion pricing, fuel consumption, and air pollution (including greenhouse gas emission). His research has appeared in Research in Transportation Economics, Housing Policy Debate, and Journal of Planning Education and Research. He was a recipient of the Fulbright scholarship before earning his Ph.D. in Urban Planning & Public Policy at the University of California, Irvine in 2017.