Jan Whittington, PhD
Associate Professor of Urban Design and Planning– College of Built Environments
Professor Whittington’s professional and academic career has been shaped around the need to understand the economic and environmental consequences of investments in infrastructure. Jan is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her PhD is in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley (2008), where she studied transaction cost economics with recent Nobel laureate Oliver Williamson. Prior to her academic career, she spent ten years with infrastructure giant Bechtel Corporation, as a strategic planner and environmental scientist. Professor Whittington’s environmental interests arise from undergraduate degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1983). Her Master’s degree is in City and Regional Planning, from California State University, San Luis Obispo (1993).
David E Dowall
Professor Emeritus of City & Regional Planning, UC Berkeley
City planning professor David Dowall was director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Development (IURD) from 2004 to 2008 and worked with IURD since joining the Berkeley faculty in 1976. Over the years, his research has focused on both domestic and international land management, housing policy, economic development strategy and infrastructure planning and finance. Internationally, Dowall has carried out policy research and designed technical and financial assistance strategies for cities and regions in over 40 countries. Although he is known for his empirical and analytical work on urban land economics and infrastructure finance, he has spent over 20 years working with governments and nongovernmental organizations on neighborhood and urban development projects.