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Office: Saunders 113
Phone: (808) 956-2890

Areas of interest
Environmental planning, energy and climate change policy, resource management, system modeling

PhD, Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa
B.A in International Relations, minor in Economics, Stanford University

College of Social Sciences Teaching Award, 2011

Makena serves in a dual capacity as the Director for the Institute for Sustainability and Resilience and a professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Her interests include greenhouse gas reduction strategies; renewable energy planning and policy; and low-carbon transportation. She specializes in regional economy-environment modeling with expertise in energy policy and climate change mitigation. Her current research assesses energy planning and regulatory mechanisms to help Hawai‘i and the U.S. meet their clean energy goals, including low-carbon transportation options. She has been appointed to and is a member of the City and County of Honolulu’s Climate Change Commission. Makena is also a Research Fellow with the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization.

Courses Instructed
PLAN 603 Urban Economics
PLAN 620 Environmental Policies and Programs
PLAN 625 Climate Change, Energy and Food Security in the Asia/Pacific Region
PLAN 650 Research Methods
PLAN 751 Planning Practicum Environmental Planning

Selected Publications and Publications
Wee, S., Coffman, M., LaCrois, S. (2018). “Do Electric Vehicle Incentives Matter? Evidence from 50 U.S. States,” Research Policy, DOI 10.1016/j.respol.2018.05.003.

Bonham, C., Coffman, M. (2017). A New Perspective on Hawaii’s Economy: Understanding the Role of Clusters. UHERO Report.

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P., Wee, S. (2016). “Integrating Electric Vehicles and Residential Solar PV,” Transport Policy, 53: 30-38.

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P., Wee, S. (2016). “Electric Vehicles Revisited: A Review of Factors that Affect Adoption,” Transport Reviews, 37: 1, 79-93.

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P., Wee, S., and Schafer, C. (2016). “Economic and GHG Impacts of Natural Gas for Hawaii,” Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, 19: 3, 519-536.

Coffman, M., Wee, S., Bonham, C., and Salim, G. (2016). “A Policy Analysis of Hawaii’s Solar Tax Credit Incentive,” Renewable Energy, 85: 2036-1043.

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P., Wee, S., Arik, A. (2016). “Estimating the Opportunity for Load-Shifting in Hawaii: An Analysis of Proposed Residential Time-of-Use Rates,” UHERO Working Paper Series. 

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P., Wee, S., Arik, A. (2016). “Electric Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions Assessment for Hawaii,” Electric Vehicle Transportation Center, University of Central Florida.

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P., Wee, S. (2015). Factors affecting EV Adoption: A literature review and EV forecast for Hawaii. Electric Vehicle Transportation Center, University of Central Florida.

Mochizuki, J., Coffman, M., and Yanagida, J. (2015). “Market, Welfare and Land-Use Implications of Lignocellulosic Bioethanol in Hawaii,” Renewable Energy, 76: 102-114.

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P. (2014). “Linking Hawaii’s Islands with Wind Energy.” Annals of Regional Science, DOI 10.1007/s00168-014-0644-y.

Coffman, M. (2014). “Energy,” The Value of Hawaii 2: Ancestral Roots, Oceanic Visions, Eds. Yamashiro, Aiko; Goodyear-Kaopua, Noelani.

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P., and Wee, S. (2014). Cost Implications of GHG Regulation in Hawaii. UHERO Working Paper Series. 

Coffman, M., Bernstein, P., Wee, S., and Frost, A. (2014). PURPA and the Impact of Existing Avoided Cost Contracts on Hawaii’s Electricity Sector. UHERO Working Paper Series. 

Coffman, M., Griffin, J., and Bernstein, P. (2012). “An Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions-Weighted Clean Energy Standards,” Energy Policy, 45: 122-132.

Coffman, M., Noy, I., (2012). “Hurricane Iniki: Measuring the Long-Term Economic Impact of a Natural Disaster Using Synthetic Control,” Environment and Development Economics, 17(2): 187-205.

Coffman, M., Noy, I., (2010). “A Hurricane Hits Hawai‘i: A Tale of Vulnerability to Natural Disasters,” CESifo Forum 11(2): 67-72.

Coffman, M, Umemoto, K. (2010). “The Triple-Bottom-Line: Framing of Tradeoffs in Sustainability Planning Practice,” Environment, Development and Sustainability, 10(5), 597-610.

Coffman, M. (2010). “Oil Price Shocks and Hawai‘i’s Economy: An Analysis of the Oil-Price Macroeconomy Relationship,” Annals of Regional Science 44(3), 599-620.

Coffman, M. (2009). “University Leadership in Island Climate Mitigation,” International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education 10(3): 239-249.

Coffman, M., Kim, K. (2009). “The Economic Impacts of Banning Commercial Bottomfish Fishing in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands,” Ocean and Coastal Management 52(3-4), 166-172

Coffman, M. (2008). “Concepts in Greenhouse Gas Regulation: A Primer on Meeting ACT 234,”A Publication of the University of Hawai`i Economic Research Organization (UHERO), September 29.

Coffman, M. (2008). “An Overview of U.S. Regional and National Climate Change Mitigation Strategies: Lessons for Hawai`i,” A Publication of the University of Hawai`i Economic Research Organization (UHERO), August 25.

Coffman, M., Surles, T., and Konan, D. (2007). “Analysis of the Impact of Petroleum Prices on the State of Hawai`i’s Economy,” prepared for the State of Hawai`i Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.


Associate Professor
Office: Saunders 109
Phone: (808) 956- 4256

Areas of Interest
Community participation and empowerment, slum upgrading, decentralization and local governance, and the role of civil society in fostering equitable development and inclusive urbanization

PhD, Urban Planning, University of California at Los Angeles
M.Arch. and M.A. in Environmental Planning & Management, Kansas State University B.Arch., School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi

UHM Chancellor’s Award for Meritorious Teaching, 2016


At DURP, Ashok teaches courses on planning theory and history, planning in Asia, research design, and urbanization and globalization. Prior to coming to DURP, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, San Francisco State University. Broadly, Ashok’s research explores institutional challenges to and innovations in ameliorating urban poverty through inclusive planning and the provision of services in the Global South, especially in Southeast and South Asia. He has regularly conducted field research in Indonesia since 2005. Community participation and empowerment, slum upgrading, decentralization and local governance, and the role of civil society in fostering equitable development and inclusive urbanization are among his key interests. His recent work has explored the United Nations’ New Urban Agenda, pro-poor shelter policies, community-managed integrated microfinance for urban poverty alleviation, disaster risk reduction, and planning education. He has also researched inclusionary housing’s impacts in the United States. He has offered expert advice to nonprofit international development/research organizations, such as the Ford Foundation and the World Resources Institute, and public agencies like the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Intermittently, Ashok dabbles as an artist. He was the chief cartoonist (1996-98) for India’s leading architecture magazine, Architecture+Design; produced clip art for computers (1997-98) for an early outsourcing ventures; illustrated a manual to guide remote rural communities in India to build schools through self-help (1998); and a practitioner’s guide to evidence-based design (EBD) for American healthcare design professionals (2008). Gastronomy is another obsession. As a gourmand, he especially covets what most consider “exotic” or “bizarre” edibles. Experiencing street foods and traditional markets (a threatened urban treasure) rank atop his to-do list, especially in a new city. A major hike or high-altitude trek features on his annual calendar; past ones include the Teton Crest Trail (WY); Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania); West Coast Trail (Vancouver Island, BC), Jonas Pass-Brazeau Lake Loop (Jasper National Park, Canada); Inca Trail (Machu Picchu, Peru); Mt. Shasta and Half Dome (CA); South Kaibab & Bright Angel trails (Grand Canyon, AZ); Mt. Evans (Arapaho National Forest, CO); and Chhobia Pass, Kunzum Pass, Kunwari Pass, Roopkund, and Chandra Taal in the Indian Himalayas. An avid sportsman, he loves squash, badminton, soccer, and all variants of cueing on the green baize.

Courses Instructed 
PLAN 600 Planning Theory and Public Policy
PLAN 630 Urban & Regional Planning in Asia
PLAN 633 Globalization and Urban Policy
PLAN 650 Research Design Seminar
PLAN 610 Community Planning and Social Policy (guest instructor Fall 2011)

Selected Books and Publications 
Dahiya, Bharat and Ashok Das (editors). (Forthcoming in 2017). The new urban agenda in the Asia-Pacific: governance for sustainable and inclusive cities. Singapore: Springer.

Das, Ashok. 2017. A city of two tales: shelter and migrants in Surabaya. Environment and Urbanization ASIA 8(1): 1-21. DOI: 10.1177/0975425316686501.

Das, Ashok and Asrizal Luthfi. 2017. “Disaster risk reduction in post-decentralization Indonesia: institutional arrangements and changes” (Chapter 3). In Disaster risk reduction in Indonesia: progress and challenges in managing risks, reducing vulnerability, and building resilience, edited by Riyanti Djalante, Frank Thomalla, Matthias Garschagen, and Rajib Shaw. Springer Academic Publishing AG. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-54466-3

Das, Ashok. 2016. Is innovative also effective? A critique of pro-poor shelter in Southeast Asia. International Journal of Housing Policy. DOI: 10.1080/14616718.2016.1248606

Das, Ashok. 2015. “Autonomous but constrained: CBOs and urban upgrading in Indonesia.” Cities 48: 8–20. DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2015.05.009.

Das, Ashok. 2015. Slum upgrading with community-managed microfinance: towards progressive planning in Indonesia. Habitat International 47: 256-266. DOI: 10.1016/j.habitatint.2015.01.004

Das, Ashok. 2015. Participatory slum upgrading: lessons from post-decentralization India and Indonesia. Journal of Indonesian Regional Development and Environment 1(1): 15-34.

Mukhija, Vinit, Ashok Das, Lara Regus, and Sara Slovin Tsay. 2015. The rise and spread of inclusionary housing: what do we know and what do we need to know? Planning Practice and Research 30(2): 222-235. DOI: 10.1080/02697459.2015.1008793

Mukhija, Vinit, Lara Regus, Sara Slovin, and Ashok Das. 2010. Can inclusionary zoning be an effective and efficient housing policy? evidence from Los Angeles and Orange counties. Journal of Urban Affairs 32(2): 229-252. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9906.2010.00495.x

Das, Ashok, and Lois M. Takahashi. 2009. Evolving institutional arrangements, scaling-up, and sustainability: insights into emerging issues in participatory slum upgrading in Ahmedabad, India. Journal of Planning Education and Research 29(2): 213-232. DOI: 10.1177/0739456X09348613


Priyam Das

Associate Professor and Department Chair
Office: Saunders 107J
Phone: (808) 956-2780

Areas of Interest
Water governance, urban environmental services, urban development, design and planning of the built environment

PhD, Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles
M.L.A., Landscape Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University
B.Arch., Architecture, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India

UHM Chancellor’s Award for Meritorious Teaching, 2014, 2018


Dr. Das studies water governance in the global South, focusing in particular on barriers to extending water and sanitation services to resource-constrained settlements outside so-called formal planning systems. Broadly framed by two key questions – to what extent are such barriers related to issues of governance and how do strategies deployed by different actors to improve access to basic services inform planning and policy – her research sharpens focus on problems of inequality, poverty, and disenfranchisement.  

Courses Instructed
PLAN 310 Introduction to Planning
PLAN 602 Advanced Planning Theory
PLAN 628 Urban Environmental Problems
PLAN 630 Urban and Regional Planning in Asia (co-taught)
PLAN 650 Research Design Seminar
PLAN 678 Site Planning
PLAN 741 Seminar in Planning Theory: Urban Form
PLAN 751 Planning Practicum
Graphic Communication for Planners Workshop (co-taught) 

Selected Books and Publications
Das, P. and J. Crowley. 2018. Sanitation for all: A Panglossian perspective? Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development.

Powell, R. B., T. F. Green, P. J. Holladay, K. E. Krafte, M. Duda, M. T. Nguyen, J. H. Spencer, and P. Das. 2017. Examining community resilience to assist in sustainable tourism development planning in Dong Van Karst Plateau Geopark, Vietnam. Tourism Planning and Development 15(4): 436-457. 

Das, P. 2016. Uncharted waters: Navigating new configurations of urban service delivery in India. Environment and Planning A 48(7): 1354-1373. 

Das, P. 2015. The urban sanitation conundrum: What can community-managed sanitation programs in India unravel? Environment & Urbanization 27(2): 505-524.

Cover photo credit, “A makeshift toilet in an informal settlement in Indore” in Sanitation and Drainage in Cities, Environment & Urbanization 27(1), April 2015.

Das, P. 2014. Women’s participation in community-level water governance in urban India: The gap between motivation and ability. World Development 64: 206-218. 

Das, P and L. M. Takahashi. 2014. Non-participation of low-income households in community-managed water supply projects in India. International Development Planning Review 36(3): 265291. 

Das, P. 2013. “Decentralization and citizen participation in urban service delivery: Is institutionalizing enough?” In Democratic local governance: Reforms and innovations in Asia, ed. G. Shabbir Cheema. United Nations University. 

Das, P. and K. R. Tamminga. 2012. The Ganges and the GAP: An assessment of efforts to clean a sacred river. Sustainability 4: 16471668. 

Current Research Projects
Living with Floods: Towards an Inclusive Urban Future 

This study examines two key questions: How are adaptive strategies for flood risk management devised and deployed by grassroots constituents with or without support from formal or informal institutions? How do these collectively enhance resilience that can be sustained beyond flood risk management? Drawing on case studies in India and Bangladesh to unpack these questions, the study seeks to provide a deeper understanding of urban inequality through flood risk management, situating ecosystem management as an integral part of urban transformation in the global South. 



Associate Professor
: Saunders 107A
Phone: (808) 956- 8684
Personal website:

Guest Editor for a forthcoming special edition of the open access journal, Sustainability
Authors may submit manuscripts related to the topic of human exposure to carbon monoxide in urban regions of Asia and the Global South until October 31, 2021.  The purpose and scope of the special issue, and how to submit manuscripts on specific topics are described (Link here).

Areas of Interest
Transit-oriented development, neighborhood planning, environmental psychology, human exposure to air pollution

PhD., Urban Systems Planning, Northwestern University
M.S., Urban and Regional Planning, Northwestern University

B.S., Civil Engineering, Washington University

Best Reviewer Award, Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 2014
American Planning Association Chapter President’s Council Leadership Award, 2013

My interest in city planning grew after visiting Chicago and reading a book titled, The Exploding Metropolis, edited by William H. Whyte, Jr. in 1966.  I read the book while commuting by bus to my job at a civil engineering firm in downtown St. Louis that summer.  I have spent most of my life as a university professor of city planning. I have held faculty appointments on three campuses: California State University, Dominguez Hills (1972 – 1976); Stanford University (1976 – 1980); and the University of Hawai`i at Manoa (1980 – present).  At UH Manoa, I currently teach graduate courses in land use and transportation planning and in the use of methods and models in city planning practice and research. In April 2013, the American Planning Association honored me with a Leadership Award at its national conference in Chicago.  This award recognized my 35 years of continuous service as the Professional Development Officer of the APA Hawai`i Chapter.  

During my academic career, much of my research has focused on the subject of human exposure to carbon monoxide concentrations in the exhaust emissions of motor vehicles in traffic.  Several years ago, I wrote chapters on this subject for two books published by CRC Taylor & Francis. The books are: Exposure Analysis edited by Wayne Ott, Anne Steinemann, and Lance Wallace (2007); and Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, edited by David G. Penney (2008).  Both chapters are based on research and consulting work that I did for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the World Health Organization since 1980.  I have given talks based on my research at professional meetings in the U.S. and in several cities abroad including: Geneva, Switzerland; Sydney, Australia; Vancouver, Canada; Hanoi, Vietnam; and Bangkok, Thailand.  Because of my interest in the health effects of air pollution, I served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Lung Association of Hawai`i from 1990 to 1998. For ALAH, I also served as Board Vice President in 1998 and as Board President from 2000 to 2001.

Courses Instructed
PLAN 605 Planning Models
PLAN 645 Land Use Planning
PLAN 648 Urban Transportation Policy and Planning
PLAN 650 Research Design Seminar
PLAN 655 Planning Research Methods

Selected Books and Publications

Peter Flachsbart and Wayne Ott.  2019.  Trends in passenger exposure to carbon monoxide inside a vehicle on an arterial highway of the San Francisco Peninsula over 30 years: A longitudinal study,  Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association 69 (4): 459-477.

Julia Crowley and Peter Flachsbart. 2018.  Local debris management planning and FEMA policies on disaster recovery in the United States.  International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 27: 373-379.

Abbey Seitz and Peter Flachsbart.  2017.  Identifying the mobility challenges of women of low socio-economic status in Bengaluru, India.  SAGAR: A South Asia Research Journal. 25: 26-65.

Ashwin Sabapathy, Sumeet Saksena, and Peter Flachsbart.  2105.  Environmental justice in the context of commuters’ exposure to CO and PM10 in Bangalore, India.  Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology25: 200-207.

Peter Flachsbart.  2015.  The APA Hawaii Planning Oral Histories/Recording Project: The Wisdom of Our Elders: Final Report.  Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Ashwin Sabapathy, Peter Flachsbart, and Sumeet Saksena. 2012. Commuting patterns of employees in the information technology and traditional manufacturing sectors of Bangalore, India. Transport Policy 19: 155-166.

Sharon Miyashiro, Peter Flachsbart, and Makena Coffman. 2010. Final Report Strategies for Energy Efficiencies in Transportation (‘SEET’). Task Agreement No. HWY-P 2009-001. State of Hawai’i Department of Transportation, Highway Division and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. Public Policy Center, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawai’i. 174 pages.

Peter Flachsbart and Makena Coffman. 2010. Attitudes toward transit oriented development: Results of a joint telephone and Web-based survey in Honolulu during summer 2009. A paper presented at the Urban Affairs Association 40th Conference, Honolulu, Hawai’i.

Peter Flachsbart and Makena Coffman. 2009. Hawai’i stands at energy crossroads: Isle survey to take reading on what public wants for state’s preferred future. The Honolulu Advertiser, July 3, p. A18.

Peter Flachsbart. 2008. Exposure to carbon monoxide from mobile sources: Implications of U.S. studies for Asian cities. Workshop on Near-Roadway and On-Road Exposures to Air Pollution: Risk Communication and Decision-Making, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand.

Sumeet Saksena, Peter Flachsbart, T. N. Quang, T. Nguyen, P. N. Dang. 2008. Commuters’ exposure to particulate matter and carbon monoxide in Hanoi, Vietnam. Transportation Research Part D. 13: 206-211.

Peter G. Flachsbart. 2008. Chapter 2: Exposure to Ambient and Microenvironmental Concentrations of Carbon Monoxide. In: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, David G. Penney, editor. CRC Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton, Florida, pp. 5-42.

Wendy Okazaki, Scott Q. Turn, and Peter Flachsbart. 2008. Characterization of food waste generators: A Hawaii case study. Waste Management. 28: 2483-2494.

Peter G. Flachsbart. 2007. Chapter 6: Exposure to Carbon Monoxide. In: Human Exposure Analysis, W. Ott. A. Steinemann, and L. Wallace, editors. CRC Taylor & Francis, Boca Raton, Florida, pp. 113-146.

Peter Flachsbart, Sumeet Saksena, P. N. Dang, Ashwin Sabapathy, and Hernani Yulinawati. 2007. Road-user exposure to CO and PM10 in three Asian cities: Capacity building efforts and pilot studies. Presentation at the 17th Annual Conference of the International Society of Exposure Analysis, Durham, North Carolina.


HCRC Professor in Affordable Housing Economics, Policy, and Planning
Office: Saunders 107C
Phone: (808) 956-7383
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Areas of Interest

Housing, Affordability, Neighborhood Change, Vouchers

PhD. in Sociology, Johns Hopkins University
M.S.E. in Applied Math and Statistics, Johns Hopkins University
M.P.P. in Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University

After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2002, Phil spent several years working for a nonprofit organization designed to help ex-offenders achieve gainful employment in the construction and trades while simultaneously growing survival entrepreneurship in high-poverty Latino and Black neighborhoods in North Philadelphia. Upon relocating to Baltimore so his wife could attend medical school, Phil dabbled in progressive political work in Washington, DC, and helped manage a website that promoted charitable donations in lieu of wedding registries. He consequently entered an MPP program, developing a love for housing policy, which he pursued in a PhD/MSE program at Johns Hopkins. He moved in Oahu in 2018 with his wife, Dr. Caitlin Engelhard, and three children (Clifton, Helena, and Susannah Mary).

Academic, Professional Work 
Phil’s work examines how the decisions of supply side actors (landlords, tenants and developers) are shaped by domestic housing policies and how these decisions impact their lives of poor tenants. He is a mixed methods researcher, leveraging statistical analysis, ethnography, and in-depth interviewing.

Courses Instructed
PLAN 602 Qualitative Methods
PLAN 603 Urban Economics
PLAN 615 Housing Policy

Selected Books and Publications
Garboden, Philip ME, Eva Rosen, Stefanie DeLuca, Kathryn Edin. ”Taking Stock: What Drives Landlord Participation in the Housing Choice Voucher Program.” Housing Policy Debate. Online early access.

Garboden, Philip ME and Eva Rosen. ”Contingent Tenure: How Landlords Use the Threat of Eviction.” Forthcoming, City and Community.

Garboden, Philip ME and Eva Rosen. ”Talking To Landlords.” Forthcoming, Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research.

Garboden, Philip ME and Christine Jang. ”There’s Money to Be Made in Community: Real Estate Developers, Community Organizing, and Profit-making in a Shrinking City” Journal of Urban Affairs Online early access. [link]

Current Research Projects
Housing Affordability in Hawai‘i: Affordability pressures have increased across the nation, particularly for middle income families (they’ve always been huge for the poor). This national trend is exacerbated in Hawai‘i for a number of reasons related to the cost of construction, the high cost (and limited amount) of developable land, and the lack of a holistic regulatory approach. Phil is in the process of developing a broad research program related to these issues, which will include a bi-annual report, The State of Hawai‘i’s Housing, which will allow policymakers, advocates, and industry partners to track progress on a variety of fronts

Public Housing in Hawai‘i: Strengths and Opportunities: The vast majority of research on public housing has focused on rust belt cities with high levels of black-white segregation. While public housing in Hawai‘i faces many similar challenges, the existing research does not reflect the reality of Hawai‘i housing market nor it’s ethnic composition. With partners from the UH School of Architecture and Co-Pi
Jennifer Darrah, Phil is implementing a mixed methods examination of Oahu’s public housing stock, with a particular focus on the opportunities it provides for stability and economic mobility.

Urban Landlords and the Housing Choice Voucher Program: Phil co-manages a mixed-method project designed to examine what motivates private landlords to accept (or reject) tenants with housing vouchers. The project focused on Baltimore, MD, Dallas, TX, and Cleveland, OH, with a replication currently underway in Washington, DC. The project has resulted in multiple publications and reports, and, in 2018, a national listening tour by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to understand the barriers to voucher acceptance across the nation.

Who’s Moving In: Pathways of Neighborhood Reinvestment, Revitalization, and Gentrification in Baltimore, MD: Neighborhood revitalization is hard. Too little and high-poverty neighborhoods quickly fall back into the cycles of divestment that created them. Too much and the neighborhood becomes unaffordable to those the program was intended to help. In order to understand these dynamics and extract
lessons for policy, Phil and a research team at Johns Hopkins have studied 13 changing Baltimore neighborhoods for five years conducting thousands of systematic social observations and conducting over 400 interviews with tenants, homeowners, landlords, and developers.

Karl Kim

Office: Saunders 107B
Phone: (808) 956-6865

Areas of Interest
Risk assessment, risk management, disaster management and humanitarian assistance, transportation, traffic safety, resilience, environmental management, advanced methods, GIS, spatial statistics, categorical data analysis, evacuation modeling.

Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology
A.B. With Honors, Brown University. Major: Demography. Awarded Samuel C. Lamport Prize in Economics and Sociology. 

BBC Media Action Award, Just-in-time video training.  “Tsunami Preparedness”  presented at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Sendai, Japan. March 16, 2015.
PriMO Leadership Award, 2013

Received undergraduate education from Brown University and Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is Editor-in-chief of Transportation Research: Interdiscplinary Perspectives; Associate Editor of Transportation Research, Part D, Transport and Enviroment; and formerly Editor-in-chief of Accident Analysis and Prevention and formerly Editor of Korean Studies. He has received more than $67 million in research and training grants from federal, state, and international agencies and organizations.  Served as Chairman, National Domestic Preparedness Consortium ( Previously served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (Chief Academic Officer) of the University of Hawaii at Manoa, overseeing strategic planning, accreditation, tenure and promotion, and international programs. Holds faculty appointments in the Center for Korean Studies, and the School of Architecture. Serves on several committee of the Transportation Research Board.  Served as Chair of the Pacific Risk Management Ohana. Elected to the Board of North American Alliance of Hazards and Disaster Research Institutes (NAAHDRI).   

Courses Instructed
PLAN 310 Introduction to Planning
PLAN 600 Planning Theory
PLAN 601 Planning Methods
PLAN 602 Advanced Planning Theory
PLAN 655 Advanced Methods
PLAN 675 Planning Urban Infrastructure
PLAN 670 Overview of Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance 

Selected Books and Publications
Kim, K.
and Bui, L. (2019) Lessons from Hurricane Maria:  Island Ports and Supply Chain Resilience.  International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.   39.  101244.

Kim, K. and Bui, L. (2019) An Assessment of Disaster Risk and Resilience in Rapidly Urbanizing ASEAN Cities.  In R. Padawangi, ed. Routledge Handbook of Urbanization in Southeast Asia. (pp. 325-344): Routledge.

Francis, O., Kim, K., & Pant P. (2019). Stakeholder assessment of coastal risks and mitigation strategies. Ocean & Coastal Management, 179.

Kim, K., Ghimire, J., Pant, P., & Yamashita, E. (2019). Self-reported handheld device use while driving. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 125, 106-115.

Togia, H., Francis, O., Kim, K., Zhang, G. (2019). Segment-Based Approach for Assessing Hazard Risk of Coastal Highways in Hawai’i. Transportation Research Record, 2673, 83-91.

Kim, K., Pant, P., Yamashita, E., & Ghimire, J. (2019). Analysis of Transportation Disruptions from Recent Flooding and Volcanic Disasters in Hawai’i. Transportation Research Record, 2673, 194-208.

Kawamoto, K., & Kim, K. (2019). Efficiencies of bonding, bridging and linking social capital: Cleaning up after disasters in Japan. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 33, 64-73.

Kim, K., Francis, O., & Yamashita, E. (2018). Learning to Build Resilience into Transportation Systems. Transportation Research Record, 2672(1).

Kim, K., & Freitas, K. (2018). The Resilience of Islands: Borders and Boundaries of Risk Reduction. In M. A. Miller, M. Douglass, & M. Garschagen (Eds.), Crossing Borders: Governing Environmental Disasters in a Global Urban Age in Asia and the Pacific (pp. 155-174).

Kim, K., Pant, P. and Yamashita, E. (2018) Integrating Travel Demand Modeling and Flood Hazard Risk Analysis for Evacuation and Sheltering.  International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction.  31. 1177-1186.

Kim, K., Pant, P. and Yamashita, E. (2018) . Managing Uncertainty:  Lessons from Volcanic Lava Disruption of Transportation Infrastructure in Puna, Hawaii.  Journal of Emergency Management 16 (1) 29-49.

Yaprak, O., Marchant, M., Francis, O., and Kim, K. (2018) Coastal Exposure of the Hawaiian Islands Using GIS-based Index Modeling.   Ocean and Coastal Management. 163.  113-129.

Yaprak, O., Francis, O., and Kim, K. (2018).  Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation to Sea Level Rise in High Wave Environments:  A Case Study on Oahu, Ocean and Coastal Management. 157.  147-159.

Kim, K., Burnett, K., and Ghimire, J. (2017) . Integrating Fast Feedback and GIS to Plan for Important Agricultural Land Designations in Kauai County, Hawaii.  Journal of Land Use Science.  12 (5), 375-390.

Turner, N., et. al., (2017) .  Drone Peers into Open Volcanic Vents.  Earth Observation Systems.  98 (12), 16-21.

Yuzal, H., Kim, K., Pant, P., and Yamashita, E. (2017) . Tsunami Evacuation Buildings and Evacuation Planning in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.  Journal of Emergency Management, 15 (1) 49-61.

Refereed Publications
Kim, K. and Bui, L. (2019) An Assessment of Disaster Risk and Resilience in Rapidly Urbanizing ASEAN Cities.  In R. Padawangi, ed. Routledge Handbook of Urbanization in Southeast Asia. (pp. 325-344): Routledge.

Francis, O., Kim, K., & Pant P. (2019). Stakeholder assessment of coastal risks and mitigation strategies. Ocean & Coastal Management, 179.

Kim, K., Ghimire, J., Pant, P., & Yamashita, E. (2019). Self-reported handheld device use while driving. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 125, 106-115.

Togia, H., Francis, O., Kim, K., Zhang, G. (2019). Segment-Based Approach for Assessing Hazard Risk of Coastal Highways in Hawai’i. Transportation Research Record, 2673, 83-91.

Kim, K., Pant, P., Yamashita, E., & Ghimire, J. (2019). Analysis of Transportation Disruptions from Recent Flooding and Volcanic Disasters in Hawai’i. Transportation Research Record, 2673, 194-208.

Kawamoto, K., & Kim, K. (2019). Efficiencies of bonding, bridging and linking social capital: Cleaning up after disasters in Japan. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 33, 64-73.

Kim, K., Francis, O., & Yamashita, E. (2018). Learning to Build Resilience into Transportation Systems. Transportation Research Record, 2672(1).

Kim, K., & Freitas, K. (2018). The Resilience of Islands: Borders and Boundaries of Risk Reduction. In M. A. Miller, M. Douglass, & M. Garschagen (Eds.), Crossing Borders: Governing Environmental Disasters in a Global Urban Age in Asia and the Pacific (pp. 155-174): 

Current Research Projects
National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, funded by Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop and deliver training courses on disaster preparedness, response, and recovery (;HI-DRAW Project, funded by State of Hawaii to evaluate disaster recovery efforts following flooding and other natural disasters; Building Resilience Through Training, funded by USAID to develop and deliver training courses for the Government of Indonesia; various transportation reesearch projects focused on safety, security, and resilience.  



Assistant Professor
Office: Saunders 107C
Phone: 808.956.6866 

Areas of Interest
Environmental Planning, Dispute Resolution, Facilitation, Community Engagement, Participatory/Collaborative Planning, Resilience

PhD. Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago
M.U.P. in Land Use and Environmental Planning, University of Michigan
B.S. in Environmental Science, Roanoke College


Dan Milz is an Assistant Professor with a dual appointment in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution. He teaches in the Environmental Planning and Sustainability Course Stream and in the Matsunaga Institute’s Conflict Resolution Certificate Program. Dr. Milz studies the science and politics of environmental planning by analyzing how people think about ecological systems as they make plans and propose new policies. His research agenda has three components. First, it investigates the cognitive aspects of practical environmental judgments in participatory settings to observe how stakeholders learn to make better plans. Second, he researches the role that data visualization tools play in supporting planning processes. Finally, he explores how professional facilitators help local stakeholders improve planning and policy outcomes. Dr. Milz has studied regional wastewater planning on Cape Cod, water supply planning in the Chicago region, community green infrastructure planning in urban neighborhoods, and stakeholder learning in community engagement processes.

Courses Instructed
PACE 668 Facilitating Community and Organizational Change (Fall 2019)
PLAN 620 Environmental Policies and Programs (Spring 2020)
PLAN/PACE 629 Advanced Negotiation (Spring 2020)

Selected Publications
Milz, Dan. “Spatial Planning Judgments and Computer Supported Collaborative Planning.” Planning Theory & Practice 20.1 (2019): 70-96.

Milz, Dan. “The hidden benefits of facilitated dialogue.” Journal of Planning Education and Research (2018): 0739456X18798903.

Radinsky, J., et al. “How planners and stakeholders learn with visualization tools: using learning sciences methods to examine planning processes.” Journal of environmental planning and management 60.7 (2017): 1296-1323.


Assistant Professor
Office: Saunder 107D

Areas of Interest
Community Planning, Housing, International Development Planning, Southeast Asia

PhD, City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley
M.A. in Geography and M.C.R.P in City and Regional Planning, The Ohio State University
B.A. in Economics with a concentration in International Relations, Cornell University

Hayden Shelby is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. She teaches in the core planning curriculum and the community planning stream. 

The inability of millions across the world to access land and shelter is one of the most pressing concerns facing cities of the twenty-first century. Hayden is interested in how community-based planning and organizing can expand the political capacity of marginalized groups to access urban land and exercise rights in the city. 

Her research centers around issues of land rights, democracy, and social justice, both in the U.S. and in Southeast Asia. Most recently, she has investigated the politics of a community-based slum upgrading program in Thailand. She examines how different government agencies and community-based social movements interact to make the policy function, focusing on the community organizing techniques employed by different actors. 

Courses Instructed
PLAN 610 Community Planning and Social Policy (Fall 2019)

Selected Publications
Shelby, Hayden. 2017. “Why Place Really Matters: A Qualitative Approach to Housing Preferences and Neighborhood Effects.” Housing Policy Debate 27(4): 547-569.

Shelby, Hayden. 2017. “The Right to Remain in the City: How One Community Has Used Legal Rights and Rights Talk to Stay Put in Bangkok.” Berkeley Planning Journal 29: 129-151.


Assistant Professor
Office: Saunders 107H
Phone: (808) 956-7391

Areas of Interest
Climate change impact; critical infrastructure vulnerability; risk perception and adaptation

PhD, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Florida, Gainesville
M.A. in Transportation Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville
M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Florida, Gainesville
B.A. in Geographical Information Science, Southeast University, China

Suwan’s primary research focuses on the interaction between critical infrastructure system and the changing environment, with a particular emphasis on climate change vulnerability. Critical infrastructures such as transportation are vital to support social and economic activities. The breakdown of such infrastructures would have devastating effects on public safety and undermine social resilience. In recent years, climate change has become a pressing threat to critical infrastructure, especially in the coastal region. Suwan’s work examines the vulnerability of critical infrastructures and explores the adaptation options to climate change using transportation and land use models, spatial analysis, and environment projection and simulations. Through case studies, Suwan has conducted research to examine the vulnerability of emergency services to projected storm surge, estimate the impacts of sea level rise and changing rainfall patterns on transportation network, evaluate the effectiveness of common adaptation strategies, and explore the factors influencing the local vulnerability and adaptive capacity. While physical performance is important, understanding the social aspect is also crucial for climate change adaptation. Currently, Suwan is working on projects investigating the social sensitivity to the impacts of coastal flooding on transportation, especially for socially vulnerable populations, through community surveys and social media data.

Courses Instructed
PLAN 601 Planning Methods
PLAN 642 Urban Infrastructure Planning
PLAN 670 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance
PLAN 473 GIS for Community Planning

Selected Books and Publications
Shen, S. Peng, Z.R. (2018). Are Coastal Areas Equally Vulnerable to Sea Level Rise? Exploring the spatial patterns of transportation vulnerability in Tampa Bay region. 97th TRB Annual Meeting January 7-11, 2018, Washington, D.C. TRB Paper 18-06754

Zhang, K., Sun, D. J., Shen, S., & Zhu, Y. (2017). Analyzing spatiotemporal congestion pattern on urban roads based on taxi GPS data. Journal of Transport and Land Use, 10(1).

Shen, S., Feng, X. and Peng, Z.R., (2016). A framework to analyze vulnerability of critical infrastructure to climate change: the case of a coastal community in Florida. Natural Hazards, 84(1), pp.589-609.

Sun, D., Chen, S., Zhang, C., & Shen, S. (2016). A bus route evaluation model based on GIS and super-efficient data envelopment analysis. Transportation Planning and Technology, 39(4), 407-423.

Shen, S., Peng, ZR, Lu, Q. (2015). “Impacts Analysis of Different Network and Land Use Components on Transportation Network Vulnerability Assessment Related to Sea Level Rise and Caused Coastal Flooding”. 94th TRB Annual Meeting, Washington D.C. January 2015, TRB Paper 15-5990

Peng, C., Li, C., Zou, Z., Shen, S., & Sun, D. (2015). Improvement of Air Quality and Thermal Environment in an Old City District by Constructing Wind Passages. Sustainability, 7(9), 12672-12692.

Zhao, L., Peng, Z. R., Yang, F., & Shen, S. (2014). A bid-rent land-use adaptation model for mitigating road network vulnerability and traffic emissions. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 11(8), 2359-2368.

Shen, S., Peng, Z.R. (2011). “Impact Analysis of Changing Riverine Flood Frequencies Caused by Climate Change on Transportation Infrastructure and Land Use: Case Study of Pensacola, Florida”. TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers (No. 11-3575).

Shen, S., Peng, Z.R, Wang, Z., and Salokhe, H., (2010) “Impacts of Vertical Data Accuracy on Estimating the Effects of Sea Level Rise on Local Highway Infrastructure”. TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers (No. 10-3961).

Peng, Z.R., Shen, S., Lu Q.C., and Perch, S., (2010) Chapter 35, Climate Change and Transportation, in Handbook of Transportation Engineering Volume II 2e (editor: Myer Kutz), pp. 35.1 – 35.24

Current Research Projects 
Building Capacity for Climate Adaptation: Assessing the Vulnerability of Transportation Infrastructure to Sea Level Rise for Safety Enhancement in RITI Communities. CSET. 2018-2019. 

Physical Exposure and Social Sensitivity: Estimating Sea Level Rise Impacts to Transportation through Vulnerability Assessment and Social Media Analysis. Pacific Southwest Region 9 University Transportation Center. 2017-2018. 

Waipahu Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Infrastructure Assessment. State of Hawaii Office of Planning. 2017-2018

Assessing the Vulnerability of Coastal Wastewater Infrastructure to Climate Change. University of Hawaii Sea Grant. 2016-2018. 



Professors Emeriti

Professor Emeritus

Areas of Interest: Planning theory; citizen participation; social policy; professional practice; conflict resolution

Harvard University, Graduate School of Public Administration (now the Kennedy School), Cambridge, Massachusetts. Post Graduate Study (Career Education Award Fellowship, National Institute of Public Affairs’)

M.P.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan;  (Metropolitan Community Fellowship, Taxation Fellowship)

B.A.,Political Science, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island;  (Phi Beta Kappa, High Honors, Magna Cum Laude)

Current Activities

  • Emeritus Professor, Urban and Regional Planning
  • Co-chair, Honolulu Age-Friendly City Initiative Steering Committee
  • E Noa Corporation, consultant
  • O‘ahu Metropolitan Planning Organization, Citizens Advisory Committee, Member
  • Accessory Dwelling Units Ordinance, Advocate
  • Urban Land Institute Hawai‘i, UrbanPlan Instructor and Volunteer
  • American Planning Association, Hawai‘i Chapter, Ethics Instructor

1996 – 2013 • Consultant in urban and regional planning, management, Plan Pacific (County of Maui – Land Use) social policy, and facilitation

Clients included: John M. Knox & Associates (e.g.: Queen Liliʻuokalani Trust Keahuolū Lands; Hawai‘i Cruise industry Study; County of Maui Affordable Housing Study; Analysis of Future Development for Hawaiian Electric Company)

  • AARP, Complete Streets, Lead Volunteer
  • Chris Hart and Partners (County of Maui – General Plan)
  • E Noa Corporation, Honolulu, Hawai‘i
  • State of Hawaii, Office Planning (Coastal Zone Management; Rural Lands)
  • Catholic Charities USA (Working Poor; Poverty)
  • Hawai’i Lawyers Care, Honolulu, Hawaii

1965 – Professor of Urban and Regional Planning • University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii

1991- Part time instructor (Introduction to Planning; Professional Planning Practice), member of student committees, and participating faculty member

Concurrently-held Positions (selected) while at the University of Hawaii

  • 1985 – 88 Director, Program on Conflict Resolution (Hewlett Foundation, principal funder)
  • 1969 – 86 Chair, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
  • 1975 – 81 Principal Investigator, Coastal Zone Management Project (State of Hawaii, principal funder)
  • 1979 – 80 Principal Investigator, Science, Engineering and Technical Policy Project
  • 1971 – 76 Director of Community Interaction, Hawaii Environmental Center (Ford Foundation and National Science Foundation, principal funders)
  • 1970 – 73 Director, Model Cities Resident Research and Planning Centers (City and County of Honolulu, principal funder)

Consulting Services (selected) while at University of Hawaii

  • 1986 – 88 Japan Association for Planning Administration, Kawasaki and Ogaki, Japan
  • 1986 University of the Aegean, Athens, Greece
  • 1984 Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 1984 Department of Planning and Economic Development, Hawaii


CZM Staffing Study Contact (2009 -): Provide recommendations to State Office of Planning on way to attract and retain Coastal Management staff at both the state and county levels as described in the “The CZM (Coastal Zone Management) Staffing Study”.
Type: Research

  • Socio-Economic Impact of “Critical Habitat” Designation for the Keahuolu; Lands of Queen Liliʻuokalni Trust, 2013 (with John Knox).
  • Income Inequality: A Root Cause of Economic and Social Problems in the United States, July 2012.
  • Alleviating the Shortage of Affordable Dwellings Through ‘Ohana Housing, June 2010
  • The High Speed Bus: The Unexamined Transit Alternative, January 2007.
  • Housing Conundrums and Effective Housing Policies, April 2010.
  • Projected Growth in Honolulu Service Area Through 2030, A Report Prepared for Hawaiian Electric Company, July 2007. (with John M Knox).
  • Maui Island Housing Issue Paper. A Discussion Paper for the Plan Update, December 2006. (with John M. Knox)
  • A Proposed Approach to the UHM-Mō‘ili‘ili Connection, March 2005.
  • The Land Between: Renewing Hawai‘iʻs System of Land Use Regulation and Planning, American Planning Association, Hawai‘i Chapter, September 2005. (with Robin Foster)
  • A Modest Proposal to Increase the Supply of Rental Housing, August 2004.
  • Carrying Capacity and Sustainable Tourism, January 2001.
  • A Gathering Place For All Hawai‘i, October 1999.
  • Do the Large Land-Owning Estate Make for Better Outcomes for the People of Hawai‘i? American Institute of Architects, Hawai‘i Chapter, 1997.
  • Living in Waikiki: a Report on Interviews with 48 Waikiki Residents. Prepared for the Planning Department, City and County of Honolulu, Honolulu, Hawai‘i, July 1997.
  • “Planning in Hawaii: 1959 to 1995 – A Breathtaking Journey.” 1995 Hawaii Congress of Planning Officials, Lihue, Kaua‘i, September 1995.
  • Principal Writer, Transforming the Welfare System, a Position Paper of Catholic Charities USA, December 1993.

Professor Emeritus

Areas of Interest
Current research focuses on 1] urban climate change adaptation in Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region with special emphasis on the science-policy nexus; 2] building capacity for collaborative engagement with and among organizations and communities; and 3] emerging strategies for making evaluative research more relevant to potential organizational and community consumers.

PhD,Political Science, University of Hawaii 1976
M.A. Coursework, George Washington University, International Relations 1966
B.A., Political Science (with honors) Washburn University, 1964
Certificate, Het Nederlands Opleidings Instituut voor het Buitenland, The Netherlands, 1963

EWCA Hawaii Chapter Outstanding Service Award, 2011
College of Social Sciences Distinguished Service Award, 2004

My path to Hawaii took me from northeast Kansas through two years of graduate study in Washington, D.C. and three years with the Peace Corps in Malaysia. I arrived at the University of Hawai`i in 1969 on an East-West Center grant. I earned a Ph.D. in political science and joined what is now the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) in 1973 as a part-time faculty member and project manager. I have been a visiting professor at the Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina and a Marine Policy Fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. In addition to being as faculty member in DURP, I have been associated with the Hewlett Foundation-funded Program on Conflict Resolution since its inception. I currently serve as Director of the Program on Conflict Resolution.

Academic, professional work
Kem Lowry is Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Research Program. He is Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawai`i. He has conducted research and training and served as a consultant to several donor organizations, foundations and national agencies in Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, China, the Philippines, and Thailand. He has published articles on planning and environmental management, coastal management and evaluation in journals including American Planning Association Journal, Urban Law Annual, Publius, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, Policy Studies Review, Ocean Yearbook, Journal of Ocean and Coastal Management, Journal of Planning Theory, Journal of Planning Education and Research, and Coastal Management Journal

Courses taught
PLAN 652: Project Implementation and Evaluation
PLAN 627: Negotiation and Mediation in Planning

Selected Books and Publications
Ramachandran, R., P. Ramachandran, K. Lowry, H. Kremer, M. Lange. 2014. Improving Science and Policy in Managing Land Based Sources of Pollution.  Environmental Development. 

Lowry, G.K., A.T. White and P. Christie. “Scaling Up to Marine Protected Areas in the Philippines: Biophysical, Legal, Institutional and Social Considerations. Coastal Management 37:3-4: 255-290.

Christie, P., Lowry, G.K., et al. 2009. Tropical Marine EBM Feasibility: A Synthesis of Case 

Studies and Comparative Analysis. Coastal Management 37:3-4, 374-385.


Professor Emeritus

Areas of Interest:
(1) urban and regional planning in Asia; (2) disaster governance, climate change and the environment; (3)
progressive cities and participatory planning; (4) globalization and the city in Asia; (5) international
migration and global householding; (6) public and civic space; (7) governance and transborder intercity
networks; (7) creative communities and spaces of hope

PhD, Urban Planning, UCLA (1982)
MA Political Science, University of Hawaii (1968)
BA Political Science, UCLA (1967)

Mike Douglass is Emeritus Professor and former Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa where he was also the Director of the Globalization Research Center. He received his Ph.D. in Urban Planning from UCLA. From 2012-2018 at the National University of Singapore he was Professor and Leader of the Asian Urbanisms Cluster in the Asian Research Institute and Professor in Sociology and in the LKY School of Public Policy. He previously taught at the Institute of Social Studies (Netherlands) and at the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia (U.K.). He was a Visiting Scholar/Professor at Thammasat University, Tokyo University, Stanford University, UCLA, the Korean Research Institute for Human Settlements, and NUS. He was a Research Associate at the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (Nagoya), and Senior Regional Economist for UN Habitat in Indonesia. He has been a consultant for major international development and donor agencies as well as national and local
governments in Asia.

Academic, Professional Work
1986-present Associate Professor, Professor, Chair and Emeritus Professor, Department of Urban & Regional Planning, University of Hawaii

2012-2018 Leader, Asian Urbanisms Cluster, Asia Research Institute; Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and Professor of Sociology, National University of Singapore.

2016-2017 Consultant, Asia Foundation. “Strategic Policy Research and Action Framework for Urban Governance in Asia.” Hanoi.

2015 Advisor, Policy Strategies and Directions for City Government, Nanchong, Sichuan, China. Commissioned by the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design (Beijing).

2014-2017 Principal Investigator: Governing Compound Disasters in Urbanizing Asia. Ministry of Education, Singapore.

2014-2017 Principal Investigator, “Progressive Cities in Asia and Europe,” Université Sorbonne Paris Cité and National University of Singapore grant.

2013 Consultant, United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), Integrated Regional Planning for Sustainable Development in Asia. Nagoya, Japan.

2013 Consultant, UN Office of Sustainable Development, Knowledge and Capacity Needs for Sustainable Development in the Post Rio Era. Incheon, South Korea.

2013 Advisor to the Centre for Policy Research (New Delhi) on the Governance of Mega Cities Regions. Mumbai.

2011-2013 Consultant and author, “Lessons from the Korean Experience: The Saemaul Undong (New Village Movement).” UNRISD and the Korea International Cooperation Agency.

2009 Consultant and author, Transborder Intercity Networks in East Asia: Regionalizing Globalization for Economic Resilience (monograph). Korean Research Institute for Human Settlements, Anyang, Korea.

2009 Consultant and author, UNCHS/UNDP/UNESCAP: “Cross-Border Water Governance in Asia”. Bangkok.

2008-2013 Co-Editor, International Development Planning Review (Liverpool University Press).

2003-2012 Director and Executive Director, Globalization Research Center, University of Hawaii

2008-2011 Lecturer/trainer in graduate planning education with the Hanoi Architecture University (Ford Foundation)

2007-2008 Organizer and co-leader, Historic Preservation in a Livable City – International Perspective on the Urban Transition, Responsible Tourism and World Heritage Designation for the Han Chang’an Site, Xi’an, China. Ford Foundation, University of
Hawaii, National Taiwan University, Northwest University Department of Archeology, Xi’an.

2004-2005 Consultant and author: Port City Competitiveness and Sustainability in Pacific Asia: Busan in Comparison to Kobe, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Kaohsiung and
Singapore. OECD.

2002-2003 Consultant and author, UNCHS/UNDP: “The Urban Transition in Vietnam.” UNCHS/Government of Vietnam.

2001 Official evaluator, Contextual Evaluation Mission, Rural-Urban Partnerships Programme (RUPP), Nepal. UNDP/UNCHS, Royal Government of Nepal.

2001 Consultant and author, UNDP/UNCHS: “Pathways of Urbanization and Socio-economic Development in East Asia: Policy Research Agenda for Vietnam’s Urban Transition in a
Global Era,” Contribution Of UNDP/UNCHS (Habitat): First Meeting of The Vietnam Urban Forum, 21 May. Translated into Vietnamese as Urban Forum publication, September 2001.

2000 Consultant and author, OECD Territorial Review of Korea. “Territorial Dimensions of Development in Pacific Asia: Restructuring after the Economic Crisis.”

2000 Visiting Professor and Scholar, Asia/Pacific Research Center, Stanford University.

Selected Books and Publications:
Transformations in the Governance of Urban and Regional Planning in Korea – From (Neo-) Developmentalism to Civic Democracy, 1965-2020 (Routledge, 2020), in S.H. Park and H.S. Kang,
eds, Reconsidering the Korean Urban and Regional Development Experience.

The Hard State, Soft City of Singapore (Amsterdam University Press, 2020). Co-edited with S. Chung Environmental Governance for Urban Resilience in the Asia-Pacific, Urban Studies, March, 2020, with M. Miller and J. Rigg.

The Rise of Progressive Cities East and West (Springer, 2019). Co-edited with R. Garbaye and KC Ho. Cities in Asia by and for the People (Amsterdam University Press, 2018). Co-edited with Y. Cabannes and R. Padawangi.

Professor Emeritus
Formerly AIP, AICP, and AAIA, APA member.

Areas of Interest
Sustainable island planning & development in urban and rural settings. Village planning with indigenous people in Oceania.  Ahupua’a and watershed management, traditional and customary rights, and land tenure in Hawai’i. Comparative urbanism, historic preservation, heritage landscape, cultural based planning and cultural impact assessments. Participatory action research & mapping. Metropolitan and neighborhood planning.  Land use, zoning, community design and inner city redevelopment. Land readjustment, land pooling and displacement mitigation. Culturally appropriate place base management and community based economic development. Scenarios planning, soft systems, and the “nexus” approach. 

Doctorate in Architecture, Polytechnic University of Milano, 1966.
Master of Urban Planning, University of Washington, 1969.

Certificate in Improved Mapping of Quantitative Information, 1970 (Northwestern University, IL)
Certificate in Computer Mapping of Quantitative Information, 1967 (Harvard University, MA)

I lived in the renaissance town of Ferrara. I studied the Classics in Milano, Italy. Trained in architecture, urbanism, and design at the Polytechnic University and at the Academia of Brera, in Milan, I learned to address urbanization problems. After a summer in 1967 with Victor Gruen & Associates in LA, I continued my education in urban and regional planning with a Mellon Fellowship at the University of Washington. A faculty position at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in 1969 was attractive because of its East-West orientation. 

My teaching included the history of people and places, the procedural and substantive aspects of planning, the public interest, and the praxis of advocacy planning. The AICP Code of Ethics, colleagues, community leaders and my students were my teachers. Our integrated approach to teaching, research, and service operated in urban and rural settings in Hawai’i and in the Pacific Islands.

From 1969 to 1993 we focused on urban infill and displacement mitigation, human scale design and zoning standards for neighborhoods and districts in urban Honolulu. We interacted with neighborhood boards and city and county planning agencies. 

From 1994 to 2018 we addressed planning and land use needs of rural areas and local communities on O’ahu and the other island counties, focusing on ahupua’a management, cultural based planning, and historic preservation. We served Hawaiians and Homestead communities and collaborated with federal agencies. We served planning needs of villages and of small islands governments and federal and international organizations in Oceania.  

Because of communities and agencies’ requests, of willing students and of research assistants to do field work in empathy and solidarity with island people, and because the venue of the graduate planning practicum, we did many instructional research projects.  I live in Mōʻiliʻili and I am married with three children and five grandchildren.

Academic/ Professional Work: Projects include culturally appropriate place based research, land use, environmental management, EIS, CZM, PLA, PAR, CBED, CIA, village planning, sacred places, subsistence practices, human ecology and planning, responsible eco-cultural tourism, heritage landscape documentation, land tenure native access rights, human behavior in natural disasters and capacity building for community resilience to disaster mitigation, and labor force for the information economy. 

Professional work in island settings on integrated environmental management, and information systems and planning serving local and indigenous organizations, neighborhood boards and rural councils, city, county, state, federal agencies (USCCR, USNOAA, USEPA, USDOE, USAID, USACE/FEMA, USDOI, USDOA/NRCS, USNPS), the East-West Center, United Nations organizations (UNSO, UNCRD) and island governments, planning and zoning commissions or organizations (American Samoa, Independent Samoa, Canary Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Timor Leste, SPREP and SPC).

Served on the City and County of Honolulu Commission on Housing and Community Development, on the Neighborhood Board No 8 and the Mo’ili’ili Community Center, Waipi’o Valley Community Circle, Kahana Valley Living Park Planning Council and the Hawai’i Advisory Committee to the US Commission on Civic Rights. Recipient of community services awards and local planning recognition’s.

Courses Taught: land use policy and programs, neighborhood and community land use planning, urban form & city design, watershed and environmental management, planning for sustainability, planning in Hawai’i and Pacific Islands. Graduate planning practica and design studios. Served in capstone papers, theses, and dissertations in planning and allied fields of the social sciences, humanities and architecture.

Selected Books and Publications
*Minerbi Luciano. 2015. “Hawaii Tourism” Ch. 11 pp. 199-210 in Godfrey Baldacchino, editor. Archipelago Tourism: Policies and Practices. Burlington: Ashgate. ISBN 978-1-4724-2430-3. ISBN 978-1-4724-2431-0 (e-book).

* Minerbi, Luciano. 2012. “Hawai’i, USA” Ch. 2. pp.152-174 in Godfrey Baldacchino, editor. Extreme Heritage Management: The Practices and Policies of Densely Populated Islands. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books. ISBN 978-0-85745-259-7 (hardback) ISBN 978-0-85745-260-3 (ebook)

* Minerbi, Luciano. “Hawaiian Sanctuaries, Places of Refuge and Indigenous Knowledge in Hawai’i”. 2001 and 1994. Ch. 7, pp. 89-129 in J. Morrison, P. Geraghty and L. Crowl eds. Land Use and Agriculture: Science of the Pacific Island Peoples Vol II. Suva: U. of the South Pacific Institute of Pacific Studies. I & II Ed. p. 89-129. ISBN # 982-02-010-5 (v.2).

* Minerbi, Luciano.  1999. “Indigenous Management Models and the Protection of the Ahupua’a” in Ibrahim Aoude’ guest ed. Social Process in Hawaii, pp. 208-225. ISSN # 0737-6871-39.

* Minerbi, Luciano.  “A Framework for Integrated Socioeconomic and Environmental Development Planning and Management” Development and Planning in Small Island Nations of the Pacific. 1993. Nagoya: United Nations Center for Regional Development . Part II Ch. 2 p. 29-46. ISBN # 4-906236-10-3.

Current Research Projects
Organize more than 50 years of teaching, research and community service records in Hawai’i and Pacific Islands and making it available to the Archives of Hamilton library. Continue providing information on the above themes at local and at international researchers. Continue serving colleagues, students, communities and agencies in their study and research on island planning issues in Hawai’i and Oceania.  One of my interest is history of people and places including East-West cross-cultural interactions among civilizations in space and time. 

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Affiliate Faculty
  • Peter Adler, Principal and Founder, ACCORD3.0 Network
  • James R. Campbell, Professor at Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies
  • Mike Dahilig, Managing Director, Office of the Mayor, County of Kaua’i, Hawaii
  • Dolores Foley, Retired Associate Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
  • Ryan Tam, Director of Planning Environmental Compliance & Sustainable Mobility, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART)
  • Lee Sichter, President, Lee Sichter LLC
  • Kamuela Enos, Director of Indigenous Innovation for University of Hawai’i System, Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI)
  • Dacheng Dong, Senior Associate, PBR Hawai’i
  • Jiwnath Ghimire, Assistant Specialist Hi-DRAW Coordinator, University of Hawai’i at Manoa

Department Secretary

Dana handles and oversees a majority of the office tasks at DURP, including application processes, class scheduling, student funding applications, and other key administrative duties.  If any questions regarding admissions or registration procedures, contact Dana or

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