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.
"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 interests include land use policy, landscape change, and the land planning and development process. 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 the built environment on children's health and well-being. I currently teach courses on urban design, site planning, and open space systems."
"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."