Planning Today: Faculty Panel

Professional Planning Colloquium

Susan Christopherson is the J. Thomas Clark Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. She is an economic geographer whose research and teaching focus on economic development, urban labor markets, and location patterns in service industries, particularly the media industries. Her research includes both international and U.S.-policy-oriented projects. Her international research includes studies in Canada, Mexico, China, Germany, and Jordan as well as multi-country studies. Her recent book, Re-making Regional Economies: Labor, Power, and Firm Strategies in the Knowledge Economy (Routledge 2007) focuses on barriers to regional economic development in the U.S. economy. She has also written numerous articles for academic journals on subjects ranging from labor standards to the competition between U.S. and Canadian regions for film and television production. Her work in the field of economic development has concentrated primarily on strategies for revitalizing the economy of Upstate New York. Christopherson holds a doctorate from the University of California–Berkeley.

Rolf Pendall is an associate professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University. He teaches land-use planning, growth management, affordable housing, infrastructure planning, and quantitative methods. Pendall’s research concerns why communities adopt land-use controls; how the controls vary across the U.S.; whether they work as intended; and whether they have desirable or undesirable consequences for affordable housing, ethnic and racial diversity, and the environment. In particular, he is interested in the prevalence and patterns of exclusionary zoning in U.S. cities. He also researches land-use change using geographic information systems (GIS) and qualitative methods to analyze the patterns of and reasons for transition from rural to urban land use. Other research interests include tenant-based housing assistance, inclusionary zoning, and private property rights.