Alex Karner, PhD

I’m an assistant professor in the Graduate Program in Community and Regional Planning at The University of Texas at Austin. My work critically engages with the practice of transportation planning with the goal of achieving progress towards equity and sustainability. To this end I develop innovative methods for analyzing the performance of integrated transportation-land use systems in the areas of civil rights, environmental justice, public health, and climate change. This work is undergirded by my training in civil engineering, transportation planning, and history.

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I’m currently recruiting PhD students to begin in fall 2018. Candidates are sought with backgrounds in planning, geography, civil engineering, statistics, or other cognate disciplines; experience working with large public datasets, databases, and open-source statistics software (e.g., R and Python); and strong skills in geographic information systems. Excellent writing skills are also a major asset. Interested individuals should contact Dr. Karner directly.

Some recent work