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Dr. Robert Cervero's Presentation on "Smart Land Use, Transit, and Housing"

The Caltrans Division of Research and Innovation is hosting monthly videoconferences on various topics. The presentations are designed to bring researchers and practitioners together to exchange information and transfer knowledge.

Dr. Robert Cervero
Dr. Robert Cervero
Professor and Chair of the
Department of City and
Regional Planning,
UC, Berkeley

On September 29, 2005, Robert Cervero, Professor and Chair of the Department of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley, presented Smart Land Use, Transit and Housing.

Dr. Cervero is the author of numerous articles and research monographs in sustainable transportation policy and planning, including Transit Oriented Development in the United States: Experiences, Challenges, and Prospects (2004, National Academy Press) as well as six books, including The Transit Metropolis (Island Press, 1998); Informal Transport in the Developing World (UN Press, 2000); Transit Villages for the 21st Century (McGraw-Hill, 1997) and Paratransit in America (Praeger, 1997).

In recent years, Professor Cervero has been an advisor and consultant on transport projects in China, Colombia, Brazil, Ireland, and numerous U.S. cities. His current research includes a comparative study of transport and social exclusion among G7 countries, a comparative analysis of sustainable transport planning under the Volvo Foundation, an evaluation of the travel behavior impacts of carsharing in San Francisco, infrastructure decentralization in Indonesia, and the sustainability implications of jobs-housing balance versus housing-retail balance.

Over the past five years, he has been a regular instructor of transportation planning courses for the National Transit Institute and the World Bank Institute. In 2004, Professor Cervero was the first-ever recipient of the Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban Planning Research and also won the 2003 Article of the Year award from the Journal of the American Planning Association. Professor Cervero presently serves on the editorial boards of Urban Studies, Journal of Planning Literature, and Journal of Public Transportation, chairs the National Advisory Committee of the Active Living Research Program of the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, and is a Fellow with the Urban Land Institute and World Bank Institute.