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Emeritus Faculty

Steve Born focuses his research, professional and outreach activities on water and related resource planning and management issues, and the theory and application of integrated environmental management concepts. He is a leader in using Wisconsin environmental management situations as models for other states, even other countries. As a former Wisconsin State Planning Director, he is also involved with state, regional and intergovernmental policy and planning issues.

Prof. Richard Chenoweth is an environmental psychologist with years of experience in the field of landscape aesthetic analysis. He is a nationally recognized authority on landscape aesthetics and visual resource quality assessment. Prof. Chenoweth's work has been recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects with two honor awards for his research-based landscape planning and analysis, a merit award for research, and in 1987 he was the recipient of the Bradford Williams Medal. Most recently he was the reciepient of a Hammer award presented by Vice President Al Gore for innovation in reinventing government through the use of computer technologies for land use planning.


Prof. Chenoweth also serves as an advisor on landscape aesthetics to state and local government agencies, within and outside of Wisconsin, and to private organizations whose activities affect the appearance of the landscape.

Ongoing activities include urban planning, urban design, and the greening of traffic corridors, shopping malls and parking lots--director of neighborhood planning committee. Great projects for grad students; call or email. Felstehausen served on the faculty for 42 years, taught environmental management, carried on land tenure research in Latin America, organized the Environment and Resources PhD program in the Nelson Institute, later directed the Center for Development. Currently writing a short history of the Land Tenure Center.

Jack Huddleston's current interests are in the areas of state and local economic development, development finance, and energy policy and planning. His most recent focus has been on measuring the fiscal impacts of development and assessing the fiscal dimensions of various types of planning activities. His research in energy planning and development has both domestic and international dimensions and focuses on the effects of economic restructuring, alternative energy futures, and the role of renewable energy resources.

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Susana Lastarria-Cornhiel is a sociologist who has worked on international development issues throughout her career. She contributes to the Urban and Regional Planning Department’s international development planning program and currently offers a course on international development and gender. Her current research focuses on gender and land rights, particularly the impact of land rights on women’s status, economic opportunities, and well being.


Prior to joining URPL in mid-2004, Dr. Lastarria-Cornhiel worked as senior researcher at the Land Tenure Center, the leading university-based research institution on land policy in the world. She maintains a research affiliation with the Center, and her past policy-oriented research focused on issues of property privatization, land markets, land conflicts, and gender in Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Eastern Europe. She is also an affiliate of the Women’s Studies Program.


Dr. Lastarria-Cornhiel regularly collaborates with international development agencies such as the World Bank, USAID, Ford Foundation, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and other United Nations divisions such as Habitat and Division for the Advancement of Women. Her recent publications include: The Women of Isoso: Livelihoods, Governance and Natural Resources in the Gran Chaco, Bolivia (2008), Feminization of Agriculture: Trends and Driving Forces (2006), and Shared Tenure Options for Women: A Global Overview (2005).

Bernard J. Niemann Jr. has had a long-standing interest and involvement in assessing the role of information technology for land use planning and natural resource management. His teaching interests and program focus on adapting land and geographic information systems (LIS/GIS) to address contemporary land use and planning, and urban growth-management issues.

Richard Stauber remains active. In retirement, he has been a member of Madison Kiwanis West, PLATO, the Madison Jazz Society, City of Madison Board of Assessment Review, and worked on the Dane County Park's prairie restoration projects and as an election poll worker for the City of Madison.