Associate Professor Paulsen joined the Department in 2006, after serving for 3 years as Assistant Professor and undergraduate program director in the Department of Community and Regional Planning at Temple University. Professor Paulsen holds an affiliate appointment with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, where he also serves on the faculty governance committee of the Transportation Management and Policy certificate. Professor Paulsen is a member of the “Land Use Cluster” faculty hiring initiative. His research interests are in land use planning, land use change, housing, public finance, and intergovernmental relations. At Wisconsin, he has taught courses in local government comprehensive planning, housing, planning history, and planning workshop.
Professor Paulsen’s research has been funded by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, EPA, NASA, and 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania.
Professor Paulsen completed his PhD in Urban Planning and Policy Development at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He was awarded the Barclay Gibbs Jones Award for Best Dissertation in the field of Planning by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. He holds masters degrees in Agricultural and Applied Economics and Development Policy and Public Administration, both from the University of Wisconsin. His undergraduate degree is from Northwestern University in Economics, Political Science and Urban Studies. He has also studied at Moscow State Linguistic University.
While in Pennsylvania, Professor Paulsen served as a member and treasurer of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, a regional and county planning commission, and on his township’s Zoning Board.
Schneider, A., Chang, C., and Paulsen, K. (2015). The Changing Spatial Form of Cities in Western China. Landscape and Urban Planning. 135: 40-61. View Publication.
Paulsen, K. (2014). Geography, Policy, or Market? New Evidence on the Measurement and Causes of Sprawl (and Infill) in U.S. Metropolitan Regions. Urban Studies. 51(12), 2629-2645. View Publication. Data Appendix.
Paulsen, K. (2014). The Effects of Land Development on Municipal Finance. Journal of Planning Literature. 29(1), 20-40. View Publication.
Paulsen, K. 2013. The Effects of Growth Management on the Spatial Extent of Urban Development, Revisited. Land Economics, 89(2):193-210. View publication.
Paulsen, K. (2012). The Evolution of Suburban Relative Housing-Unit Diversity. Housing Policy Debate 22(3): 407-433. View publication
Paulsen, K. (2012). Yet Even More Evidence on the Spatial Size of Cities: Urban Spatial Expansion in the US, 1980-2000. Regional Science and Urban Economics. 42(4):561-568. View publication
Dyckman, C. and Paulsen, K (2012). Not in My Watershed! Will Increased Federal Supervision Really Bring Better Coordination Between Land Use and Water Planning? Journal of Planning Education and Research. 32:91-106. View publication
Mandarano, L. and Paulsen, K. (2011). Governance Capacity in Collaborative Watershed Partnerships: Evidence from the Philadelphia Region. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management 54:10, 1293-1313. View publication
Schmidt, S. and Paulsen, K. (2009). Is Open-Space Preservation a Form of Exclusionary Zoning? The Evolution of Municipal Open-Space Policies in New Jersey. Urban Affairs Review, 45:1, pp.92-118. View publication
Jacobs, H.M. and Paulsen, K. (2009). Property Rights: The Neglected Theme of 20th-Century American Planning. Journal of the American Planning Association, 75:2, pp. 134-143. View publication
Mandarano, L., Featherstone, J. and Paulsen, K. (2008). Institutions for Interstate Water Resources Management. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 44:1, pp. 136-147. View publication
Paulsen, K., Featherstone, J. and Greene, S. (2007). Conservation Induced Wastewater Flow Reductions Improve Nitrogen Removal Efficiency: Evidence from New York City. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 43:6, pp. 1570-1582. View publication
Paulsen, K. (2006). Sprawl, Residential Density, and Exclusionary Zoning. Probate and Property (ABA Real Property Section), 20:3 (May/June 2006), pp. 22-27.
Krueckeberg, D. and Paulsen, K. (2002). Evaluating the Experience of Brazilian, South African and Indian Urban Tenure Programmes. Chapter 16 in Holding Their Ground: Secure Land Tenure for the Urban Poor, Durand-Lasserve, A. and Royston, L. eds. London: Earthscan Publication Ltd. pp. 233-244.
Paulsen, K. 2009. The Effects of Land Development on Municipal Finance: A Conceptual Overview. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. 42 pp. Link
Paulsen, K. 2007. The Effects of Land Development on Municipal Fiscal Positions: Evidence from 4 Rapidly Growing Pennsylvania Counties. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
Krueckeberg, D. and Paulsen, K. 2000. Urban Land Tenure Policies in Brazil, South Africa and India: An Assessment of the Issues.” Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Research Report. 33 pp. Link
Research for Public Agencies:
Paulsen, K. 2015. Housing Needs Assessment: Dane County and Municipalities. For Dane County Planning and Development Department and Dane County Department of Human Services. Available here. Public Presentation here.
Paulsen, K. 2012. Evaluation of CARPC’s Policies on Housing Prices in Dane County. [Commissioned and approved by Capital Area Regional Planning Commission, Madison, WI.] Link
Paulsen, K. 2011. Evaluation of CARPC’s Land Demand Forecasting Methodology to Determine Urban Service Area Boundaries. [Commissioned and approved by Capital Area Regional Planning Commission, Madison, WI.] Link
Paulsen, K. and Wilson, E. 2008. Plan Regionally, Implement Locally: An Evaluation of Multi-Municipal Planning and Implementation in Pennsylvania. [Commissioned, approved and distributed by 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania. Funded in part and submitted to Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.] Link
463 Evolution of American Planning The nature and cultural significance of contemporary methods for the systematic formulation of public policies for community, metropolitan, and state development through comprehensive planning. Historic roots, recent trends, and new directions in American planning concepts, institutions, planning effectiveness, professional specialization, including emerging environmental issues.
844 Housing and Public Policy An overview of the major federal, state, and local policies affecting housing, including discussions of public, private, and non-profit housing delivery sectors. Includes discussions of residential land development trends, affordable housing production, housing demographics, mortgage markets, housing finance, and fair housing. Course also includes content on housing planning and housing elements in local government comprehensive plans, housing needs assessments, integration of housing and transportation accessibility, and a discussion of exclusionary zoning and restrictive land use controls. Course will include field trips to affordable housing developments and guest speakers from housing agencies.
969 Comprehensive PlanningA comprehensive overview of the process, methods and techniques involved in preparation of local government plans for the physical and social development of cities and regions. Emphasis is on the tools, techniques, and methods involved in preparing land use plans, including land suitability analysis and public participation. Includes discussion of economic development, transportation, infrastructure and housing plans, plan implementation, and intergovernmental coordination, as well as plans for protection of open-space, environmental, agricultural and historic resources.
912 Planning Workshop Study of selected problems in planning to emphasize the interdisciplinary character of planning practice and to give opportunity to apply socioeconomic analysis, physical planning, and implementation techniques.