Alex Karner, PhD

I’m an Assistant Professor in the School of City & Regional Planning at Georgia Tech. 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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UPDATE (11/2016)

I’m currently accepting PhD students for fall 2017. Assistantships are available in multimodal transportation systems planning and analysis (see description below). Please contact me if you’d like to discuss further.

DOCTORAL ASSISTANTSHIP IN MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS PLANNING AND ANALYSIS (Dr. Alex Karner, School of City & Regional Planning, Georgia Institute of Technology)

Data describing transportation system performance are rapidly increasing in scale, scope, and availability. Cell phone traces, social media activity, smart transit fare cards, and real time transit vehicle information have begun to supplement legacy approaches to modeling travel demand. These data provide higher degrees of temporal and spatial resolution than existing travel surveys and can be used to shed new light on integrated system performance. While some of these sources are proprietary, expensive, and problematic with respect to privacy concerns, others are not. PhD students are sought to conduct original research on these and related topics with expertise in data management, programming, geographic information science, or statistics; substantive interests in social equity and environmental sustainability; and a desire to convert data into useful and actionable information which members of the public and planners can use to make informed decisions about the future of their cities and regions. It is expected that the final products of this research will lead to transformational changes in transportation planning practice through the creation of open source software and tools that can be deployed to address ongoing challenges related to affordable housing, transportation accessibility, and automobile dependence.