"My interests address issues of environmental planning and policy, watershed planning, and collaborative and participatory approaches to resource management. My research and applied work have explored the evaluation and assessment of collaborative watershed management, watershed governance, and the effectiveness of educational and technical assistance programs on land management."
"My primary research and teaching interests are in the areas of environmental land use planning, urban environmental sustainability, the role of planners in promoting environmental stewardship, and GIS in urban and environmental planning. My current research contributes to the broader questions of the relationship between land development and envrionmental performance, and the effectiveness of policies, processes, and plans in helping create environmentally sustainable (urbanized) landscapes."
"My current interests focus on (1) the rise and impact of the private property rights (anti-environmental) movement in the U.S., especially as it exemplifies social conflict over competing concepts of property rights, (2) the transformation of private property as a social and legal institution in western Europe, and (3) the development of peri-urban (urban fringe) land policy for developing countries. Overall I am interested in the social content of land use and environmental policy, and in how debate over such policy serves as a proxy for more fundamental social discourse."
"My research focuses on local government service delivery, public finance, community wellbeing indicators, and community development. Currently, I am examining local government responses to fiscal stress after the Great Recession. I engage in the debate on whether local governments are progressive agents that maximize social welfare, or austerity machines that balance their budgets at the cost of community wellbeing. This is a comprehensive research project with 1) national level statistical analyses on service delivery and public finance and 2) focus groups and policy analysis conducted in collaboration with local government associations, state agencies, and community organizations on the drivers of fiscal stress and local responses."
"My interests include land use change, landscape ecology, urban open space systems, and the spatial analysis of land development patterns in the United States. My research in Wisconsin has examined the conversion of prime farmland to residential development, the land use impacts of local onsite sewage disposal system policies, and the effects of subdivision ordinances on neighborhood development. I teach courses on urban design, site planning, and landscape architecture."
"My research, teaching, and outreach programs examine economic linkages and public policies that address the nexis between natural resource management and community development. In addition, my work examines the role and impact of outdoor recreation and tourism in the multi-functionality of rural landscapes. Long-standing interests include resource dependency, forestry issues, and rural amenity-driven residential developmnet with particular focus on resulting tradeoffs and alternative land use compatibilities. In addition, I have worked with various regional economic and social models to assess the impacts of policy and economic change in rural areas."
"My research analyzes the social organization and institutional context of food systems including marketplaces, food entrepreneurship, regulatory aspects, and inequities associated with food. The research context is the street market and the business organizations and households found in markets and other non-retail means of earning income. My work analyzes the social, political and economic processes that produce street-level businesses. My research was inspired by pragmatist theory and an interest in public policy. I pursue this interest in the social organization and institutional context of entrepreneurship through three interrelated strands of research: Decision-making in Organizational and Institutional Context; Transformations of Self and Society, and Entrepreneurship in Organizational, Institutional and Policy Context. My research webpage is openair.org. I blog at https://www.facebook.com/OpenAirMarketNetwork/
"My research, teaching, and outreach efforts relate to the institutional and legal framework for managing community growth and change. I am particularly interested in the need to revise and update state enabling laws that govern local planning, the impact of local laws on community livability, and the "takings" issue. I lend my expertise to a variety of governmental and private organizations."
My research and teaching focuses on urban land use change, comprehensive planning and housing. The majority of my research in land use seeks to understand the causes and consequences of land use change and to evaluate planning, governance, and institutional processes to manage and shape spatial patterns. More recently, I have focused research on understanding housing as a land use issue, asking questions of exclusion and affordability.
Over the years since 1965, Mr. Bellman has mediated in nearly every category of dispute. His work has ranged from the most ordinary civil and labor matters to international diplomacy. A significant portion of his practice has included high-profile, multi-party cases of public concern such as controversial land-use determinations, large-scale environmental remediations, school district desegregation, state-wide education financing litigation, and Indian land claims. He has been appointed as a Master, or other court adjunct, by Federal and State Courts, including the Supreme Court of Ohio. He received the 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. Mr.Bellman has mediated in rule-making negotiations for a number of States as well as the US EPA, Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture, Department of Education, Federal Trade Commission and Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Recent mediation cases include Kalamazoo River Superfund Site Cleanup Negotiations, Klamath River Hydroelectric Facilities Relicensing Negotiations, negotiations in the Clergy Sexual Abuse Mediation System of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, employment discrimination litigation settlement negotiations in an urban police department.
Spencer Black represented the 77th Assembly District for 13 terms in the State Legislature. He served as Assembly Chair of the Natural Resources and was the Assembly Minority Leader. During his tenure, Black was considered to be the Legislature's leading environmental advocate. He was a leader in a number of other policy areas including consumer protection, health care, education, transportation and senior citizen issues. Rep. Black is author of numerous environmental laws including the Stewardship Fund, the largest conservation effort in Wisconsin's history, the Mining Moratorium Bill, the Lower Wisconsin Riverway, the statewide recycling program, and the endangered species match grant. Black is currently the Vice President of the national Sierra Club, the nation's largest environmental organization. He is also a columnist for The Capital Times newspaper.
Zia Brucaya is an associate planner with Urban Assets consulting firm in downtown Madison. She received her M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the UW-Madison in 2010 and has a background in active transportation, sustainable development, placemaking and public engagement. Before moving back to Madison in 2014, Zia coordinated the Indiana Complete Streets Coalition in Indianapolis, where she facilitated Active Living Workshops for communities throughout the state. Zia has also worked with public, private and nonprofit stakeholders at all levels of government, including tribal, in Wisconsin, New York and Alaska. Her interests lie in exploring the connections between land use, transportation, public health, social vitality, economic development and environmental sustainability. She loves to walk, bike and take public transit whenever possible.
Dave Cieslewicz served as mayor of Madison from 2003 until 2011. Before serving as mayor, he was cofounder and first executive director of 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, the state's leading land use and transportation policy advocacy organization. Earlier in his career he worked for State Rep. Spencer Black, who now also teaches at URPL, and for the Wisconsin Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Dave has taught a number of courses on the UW campus, including "Introduction to the City", "The Politics & Policy of Green Urbanism" and "Advanced Public Management." He taught two short courses in URPL when he was mayor. He's a 1981 graduate of the UW where he was a political science major. Dave and his wife Dianne live in the Regent neighborhood with their dog Calvin. Twice a month you'll find him playing the venerable German card game Sheepshead at the Memorial Union.
Donna Erez-Navot is the founding Director of the Mediation Clinic at University of Wisconsin Law School. Before moving to Madison in 2009, she was employed as a mediator in the Child Permanency Mediation Program in the NYC Family Court, where she mediated issues surrounding placement of children in foster care, including relationships and communication between parties, custody/visitation/guardianship petitions, conditional surrenders and other issues. She is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York where she was a member of the Cardozo Mediation Clinic with Professor Lela Love. After attaining her undergraduate degree at Emory University, Donna studied Social Work at Tel Aviv University in Israel.
Yaidi Cancel Martinez is a Doctoral Student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Her research seeks to understand further the interconnections between the immediate built environment and health outcomes by approaching holistic interventions to address sustainable living and quality of life while attempting to reduce the gap on social and health disparities among cross-cultural gender groups, particularly women. Her interests are on integrating urban planning, sustainability and public health disciplines. She currently serves as a Project Assistant and Fellow at the Centers for Women’s Health Research under the TEAM-Science Fellowship program. She taught the course on International Development and Gender (URPL 644) in the Fall of 2015. Yaidi has also worked as Program and Policy Analyst at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin and as an Environmental Engineer at the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington DC. Yaidi holds a BS in Environmental Engineering at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico and an MS in Environmental Planning and Management at Johns Hopkins.
Sonja (URPL 2013) currently serves as the City Planner and Economic Development Director for the City of Monona. Her involvement with the URPL department includes teaching the Pre-Workshop Module and assisting with fall Workshop. In her role at the City, she is helping to lead the UW’s first UniverCity Year Program through the national Sustainable Cities Initiative. Sonja previously worked for UW-Extension’s Center for Community & Economic Development in downtown revitalization. She has bachelor’s degrees in Geography, History, and Environmental Studies, and a master’s in Urban and Regional Planning, both from UW-Madison. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Chris Spahr, AICP is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning with a research focus in transportation and public health. He is currently serving as a Multi-setting Analysis Project Assistant with the Wisconsin Obesity Prevention Initiative and is the 2015-2016 Norman N. Gill Civic Engagement Fellow with the Public Policy Forum in Milwaukee. From 2012 until 2015 Chris served as a Project Assistant at the State Smart Transportation Initiative working with states to promote environmental sustainability and equitable economic development, while maintaining high standards of governmental efficiency and transparency. Chris has also worked as a Planner for Michael Baker International in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin where he provided consulting services to state departments of transportation in the areas of transit and rail planning as well as National Environmental Policy Act reporting from 2009 until 2014. Chris served as a Municipal Service Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay from 2005 until 2008. He holds an MS in Geoenvironmental Studies from Shippensburg University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Wade has worked in the land use and community development planning profession in the public sector at the state, county, and city level, as well as in the private sector. His professional interests include open space, natural resource, and agricultural planning. He currently works for the City of Fitchburg, Wisconsin with his duties including local food systems planning, focused on development of small-scale agriculture and agriculture tourism.
Wade has bachelor degrees from UW-Madison in both Geography and International Relations and a masters degree in Environmental Studies from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He fills his personal time with travel, downhill skiing, and fixing up his bungalow on Madison’s near east side.