Faculty Research Expertise

Learn more about the Department of Public Affairs and Planning Faculty and each of their unique research interests

Dr. David Abraham

Research

  • Equity in Urban Development
  • Sustainable Development and Resilience Planning
  • Neighborhood Indicators
  • Built Environment and Public Health
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • GIS Strategies for Urban Planning

Email: david.abraham@uta.edu

Dr. Ardeshir Anjomani

Research

  • Analysis of Urban Development
  • Physical Planning and Urban Design
  • Environmental and Land Suitability Analysis Using GIS Technology
  • Metropolitan Integrated Land-Use Transportation Planning and Modeling
  • Urban and Regional Demographics and Economic Analysis and Forecasting
  • Research and Analytical Techniques
  • Community Revitalization and Economic Development
  • Policy Analysis and
  • Quantitative methods

Email: anjomani@uta.edu

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Dr. Ivonne Audirac

Research

  • Social, ecological, economic, and policy dimensions of urbanism and the processes of urbanization
  • Political economy of shrinking cities, redevelopment, and resilience
  • Social equity and the built environment
  • Transportation equity and access
  • Community development & housing
  • Urban design, physical planning, and sustainability
  • Information technology and urban form
  • Latin American development

Email: audirac@uta.edu

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Dr. Karabi Bezboruah

Research

  • Nonprofit Management & Organizational Behavior
  • Corporate Philanthropy
  • Socio-Economic and Community Development
  • Cross-Sector Collaborations in Health & Human Service Organizations
  • Policy Advocacy and Policy Making
  • International NGOs Capacity-Building & Sustainability
  • Impact of Micro-Finance Institutions (MFI)
  • Program Evaluation & Policy Analysis

Email: bezborua@uta.edu

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Dr. David Coursey

Research

  • Public management, especially public/private comparative research, public service motivation, organizational environments, public personnel retention and recruitment
  • Public management information systems, database management, e-gov, policy informatics and big data analysis
  • Research methods, especially structural equation models, measurement theory, nonparametric models
  • Policy analysis and utilization

Email: dcoursey@uta.edu

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Dr. Hannah Lebovits

Research

  • Sustainable Community Development
  • Urban/suburban Governance
  • Social Equity and Spatial Experience
  • Sub-national Policy Advocacy and Policy Making
  • Community-based Research
  • Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research

Email: hannah.lebovits@uta.edu

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Dr. Jianling Li

Research

  • Economic, Environmental, & Socioecological Impacts of Urban Transportation System
  • Transportation & Public Health
  • Transportation Finance
  • Collaborative Transportation Planning & Management
  • Travel Behavior and Residential Decision Modeling
  • Information Technology & Smart Cities
  • GIS Applications in Urban Planning
  • Research Methods & Data Analytics

Email: jjli@uta.edu

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Dr. Maria Martinez-Cosio

Research

  • Private foundations and community development
  • Philanthropy and nonprofit partnerships
  • Civic participation and immigrants
  • Latinx student success- mentoring practices, faculty development
  • Cultural and social capital

Email: mcosio@uta.edu

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Dr. Evan Mistur

Research

  • Energy & Environmental Policy
  • Public Management
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Sustainability
  • Collaborative Governance
  • Environmental Review and Impact Assessment
  • Policy Diffusion

Email: evan.mistur@uta.edu

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Dr. Emily Nwakpuda

Research

  • Philanthropy & Nonprofits
  • Policy Analysis
  • Evaluation Research
  • Higher Education
  • Community Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Science & Innovation

Email: emily.nwakpuda@uta.edu

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Dr. Qisheng Pan

Research

  • Urban and Regional Models
  • Freight Transportation Planning and Modeling
  • Economic Impact Analysis
  • Applications of GIS in Urban Studies

Email: qisheng.pan@uta.edu

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Dr. Ariadna Reyes-Sanchez

Research

  • Sustainable Housing and Transportation
  • Urban Informality in the United States and the Global South
  • Environmental Planning and Climate Justice
  • Environmental Impact Assessment in Residential Land Use
  • International Planning (Latin American Studies)
  • Green Cities and Sustainable Communities
  • Participatory Planning and Mixed-Method Research Approaches

Email: ariadna.reyessanchez@uta.edu

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Dr. Alejandro Rodriguez

Research

  • Creative Governance
  • Collaboration, Teamwork, and Collaborative Governance
  • Organizational Culture
  • Culture and Urban Planning
  • Public Administration Theory
  • Leadership Theories
  • Government Reform
  • Smart and Sustainable Cities
  • Latin American Governance

Email: aro@uta.edu

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Dr. Jiwon Suh

Research

  • Public and Nonprofit Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Performance and Accountability
  • Organizational Communication
  • Cross-sectoral and Cross-national Comparison
  • Nonprofit Marketing and Fundraising

Email: jiwon.suh@uta.edu

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