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Gian-Claudia Sciara

Post-Doctoral Scholar

Gian-Claudia Sciara is a post-doctoral researcher at ITS. She develops the Urban Land Use and Transportation Center’s institutional portfolio, centered in part on the implementation of California’s pathbreaking law SB375, which makes greenhouse gas reduction a new policy goal for metropolitan transportation planning. Her research addresses the problem of regional institutional capacity at a time when metro regions are celebrated as hubs of economic growth, creativity, and innovation, but also seriously challenged by infrastructure needs, continuing growth, and climate impacts. She uses original data collection, mixed analytic methods, and in-depth interviews to study metropolitan governance in pursuit of region-serving, sustainable transport and land use planning. Her current funded projects assess the alignment of local government land use and transportation planning with climate policy, and study organizational and financial strategies to support regional scale environmental mitigation for transport investments. Dr. Sciara holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley; a Master’s Degree from UCLA, and a B.A. from Columbia University. She is an AICP-certified city planner who has served in the private, public and non-profit sectors and is an active member of the Transportation Research Board, chairing the Subcommittee on Megaregions, and serving on the Transportation Programming and Planning Committee and the Metropolitan Policy, Planning & Processes Committee.

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