Stephan Schmidt

Stephan Schmidt's research interests concern land-use policy, patterns, and processes. His current projects include: a quantitative analysis of regional level polycentrism in Europe; an empirical estimation of metropolitan spatial structure in Germany; an analysis of the role of local neighborhood leadership in land tenure formalization in Moshi, Tanzania; and an analysis of the impact of Wildlife Management Areas and community-based natural resource management in Tanzania. In addition, he received funding from the Institute for African Development for a project to improve the capability of partner institutions in East Africa to gather data, conduct spatial analysis, monitor and evaluate programs and projects, and ultimately improve decision making. Please see the project page below. He received a Ph.D. in planning and policy development from Rutgers University.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • International studies in planning
  • Land use/spatial planning
  • Regional science
  • Sustainability
  • Urbanism
  • Environmental policy and planning
  • Open space and agricultural lands protection planning
  • Spatial analytics
  • Urban and regional governance
  • Urban design

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Classes (Selected)

  • CRP 4080/5080 Introduction to GIS for PlannersGeographic Information Systems (GIS) have revolutionized the way we manage, analyze, and present spatial information. This course focuses on GIS in the social sciences. Many of the exercises and examples are based on planning issues, but the concepts can be applied to many other disciplines such as government, economics, natural resources, and sociology. Some of the issues covered include fundamentals of spatial analysis; overview of GIS technology and applications; designing a GIS project; gathering and analyzing data; and creating thematic maps.
  • CRP 8900 Planning Research Seminar Intended for doctoral candidates in city and regional planning; other students welcome. Presentation and discussion of current problem areas and research by advanced doctoral students, faculty members, and visitors.
  • CRP 3540/5540 Introduction to Environmental Planning
  • CRP 3840/5850 Green CitiesCities are centers of innovation, economic growth, social mobility, and they provide economies of scale in the provision of infrastructure and social services. However, cities are also sites of growing socio-economic inequalities and environmental problems. Do cities provide the opportunity to address environmental problems, or are they rather the source of pollution and environmental degradation? Are cities the appropriate scale at which to address environmental problems? Are these really urban issues or do cities just cluster resource use and problems so they are more visible? What role does the built or physical environment have in impacting our behavior and decision making? This course examines social, economic, cultural, political and environmental dimensions of sustainability and sustainable development in urban areas.
  • CRP 6290 Advanced topics in GISThis course is designed to engage graduate level planning students in some more advanced topics using GIS methodology. Topics may vary from year to year, but in the past, the course has included an introduction to spatial statistics. Topics addressed include exploratory spatial data analysis, spatial autocorrelation, point pattern analysis, spatial interpolation techniques, spatial regression (including geographically weighted regression), and both spatial lag and spatial error models. 

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Two-week spatial data gathering workshop in Moshi, Tanzania, with Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College (2017)
  • "The changing role of regional level planning in Germany," Cornell Institute for European Studies, Luigi Einaudi Chair Innovation Grant (2016)
  • "Building Spatial Data Collection and Research Capacity for Sustainable Development," Cornell Institute for African Development, Einaudi Center for International Studies (2015)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • "The monocentric model and urban spatial structure in Germany", ACSP Conference, Buffalo, New York (2018)
  • Land formalization and local leadership in Moshi, Tanzania, ACSP Conference, Denver, Colorado (2017)
  • "The effectiveness of regional planning: Evidence from Germany", ACSP Conference, Portland Oregon (2016)

Publications (Selected)

  • Schmidt, Stephan, Stefan Fina, Stefan Siedentop, and Angelika Krehl. "Metropolitan Spatial Structure and the Monocentric Model in Germany." Urban Studies, currently under review for 2018.
  • Schmidt, Stephan, and Edmund Zakayo. "Land Formalization and Local Leadership in Moshi, Tanzania." Habitat International, currently under review for 2018.
  • Schmidt, Stephan, Stefan Siedentop, and Stefan Fina. "How Effective are Regions in Determining Urban Spatial Patterns? Evidence from Germany." Journal of Urban Affairs (2017), 1-18.
  • Schmidt, Stephan, Wakuru Magigi, and Boniphace Godfrey. "The Organization of Urban Agriculture: Farmer Associations and Urbanization in Tanzania." Cities 42 (2015), 153-159.
  • Schmidt, Stephan, Stefan Fina, and Stefan Siedentop. "Post-socialist Sprawl: A Cross-Country Comparison." European Planning Studies 23, no. 7 (2014), 1357-1380.