News and updates from the PhD Program
at the Bloustein School
Rutgers University
 

News from the 
PhD PROGRAM
in Planning & Public Policy

Fall 2014

PhD PRESENTATIONS AT ACADEMIC CONFERENCES

Brian Baldor presented a paper titled “Urban Informatics in Public Policy: Exploring the Collateral Effects of Data-driven Policy Enforcement in New York City at the Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, March 19-22, 2014 and at the Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, March 10, 2014.
 
Allison Bridges
 presented a paper titled “Bioenergy Policies and Indirect Land Use Change in Brazil” at the Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, March 10, 2014.
  
Morgan Campbell presented a paper titled “Navigating the Global City: Gender and Transportation Mobility In Bangalore’s IT Sector” at the UNESCO-sponsored conference on Gender and the Urban Environment, Rome, Italy, September 25
-26 2014 and at the Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, March 10, 2014.
 
Morgan Campbell is presenting at the Future Cities conference in Jaipur, India, January 28th-29th 2015 on What the U.S. Can Learn from India.
 
Handi Chandra-Putra presented a paper titled “Policy, Practice and Perception: A Comparison of the Aftermath of Two Earthquakes in Yogyakarta, Indonesia” at the Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, March 19
-22, 2014.
 
Shankar Chandramowli and Frank Felder presented a paper titled “LP-CEM: Results from model runs incorporating climate change and potential mitigation policies”. Fourth Annual Energy Policy Research Conference, San Francisco, CA, September 4-5, 2014 .
 
Margaret D’Aversa presented a paper titled “Obesity in Philadelphia County and KwaZulu-Natal: Determinant Differences” at the Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, March 10, 2014.
 
Kate Davidoff presented a paper titled “In the Middle: Data Driven Approaches to Community Development in Baltimore Maryland” at the Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, March 19
-22, 2014 and at the Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, March 10, 2014.
 

Ryan Good presented a paper titled “School’s Out (Of Place):  Residents, Neighborhood Identity, and the Contestation of School Closures in Philadelphia” at the ACSP Annual Conference in Philadelphia, October 30-Nov 1, 2014.
 
Ryan Good presented a paper titled "Invoking Place: Neighborhood Contestation of School Closures in Philadelphia" at the Critical Geography Conference at Temple University, Philadelphia, Nov. 7-9, 2014.
 
Ryan Good and Kathe Newman presented a paper entitled "Community development strategies in a neoliberal age" at the Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, March 19 – 22, 2014.
 
Ryan Good presented a paper titled “Spatial dialectics and school closure debates: Race, place, and subjectivity in the production of urban space” at the Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference in Planning and Public Policy, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, March 10, 2014.

Ryan Good and Lee Polonsky organized a session titled "Seeds Within: Urban Dialectics and Transformative Productions of Space" at the Critical Geography Conference at Temple University, Philadelphia, Nov. 7-9, 2014.
 
Ryan Good and Juan Rivero organized a session called "Practicing Theory and Theorizing Practice in Community Development" at the ACSP Annual Conference in Philadelphia, October 30-Nov 1, 2014.
  
Elizabeth Hewitt, 
Jennifer Senick and R. Wener presented a paper titled "Resiliency factors for the built environment" at the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, May 2014.
 
Sujee Jung presented a paper titled “The Post Cause Celebre: After a Decade of Ousting U.S. Navy from the Island of Vieques in Puerto Rico” at the Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, March 19
-22, 2014.
 
Jinwoo Kwon and Michael Lahr presented the paper titled "Growth, Stability, and Resilience of Regions" at the ACSP Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA. October 30, 2014 and 
at the Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International in Bethesda, MD. November 14, 2014.
 
Jinwoo Kwon and Andrea Hetling presented a paper titled "Moving In and Out of Welfare and Work: The Influence of Regional Socioeconomic Circumstances on Economic Disconnection among Low-Income Single Mothers" at the 2014 APPAM Fall Research Conference in Albuquerque, NM. November 6, 2014.
  
Tim MacKinnon, 
Ryan Shepard and Jon Wilson presented a paper titled "Building a Local History Community Online: Old Time D.C., Facebook, and Public History Through Social Media" at the Annual Conference on DC Historical Studies, November 20-23, 2014. 
 
Tim MacKinnon presented a paper titled “Pursuing Public History Through Social Media” at the Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, March 10, 2014.
 
Angie Oberg presented a paper titled "Beyond Technical Success: Social Dimensions of Decentralized Sewage Treatment in India" at the Graduate Student International and Global Lunch Series. Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs. New Brunswick, NJ, April 2014.
 
Angie Oberg was a discussant at the Water, Women, and the World Panel, invited by Taking Back the Tap, a division of Food and Water Watch, New Brunswick, NJ, March 2014.
 
Lee Polonsky presented a paper titled "Context in community development practice: implementing the New Markets Tax Credit Program" at the Critical Geography Conference at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 7-9, 2014.
 
Ryan Good and Lee Polonsky organized a paper session titled "Seeds Within: Urban Dialectics and Transformative Productions of Space" at the Critical Geography Conference at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, Nov. 7-9, 2014.
 
Lee Polonsky presented a paper titled “Property Abandonment, Market Rationality, and the Limits to Policy" at the Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, March 19
-22, 2014 and at the Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, March 10, 2014.
 
Victoria Porterfield presented at PANJAPPOR (Pennsylvania/New Jersey chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research) (held in Philadelphia, PA) in March and won second prize for her paper/presentation titled “2013 SERU Administration at Rutgers–New Brunswick: Unit and Sensitive Item Nonresponse Bias.”
 
Juan Rivero organized the panel “Practicing Theory and Theorizing Practice in Community Development” at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, October 30-Nov 2, 2014.
 
Juan Rivero presented a paper titled “Preservation Meets Development: The Paradox of Heritage in Coney Island” at the ACSP Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA, October 30-Nov 1, 2014.
 
Juan Rivero presented a paper titled “Contesting ‘Public Space’ in the Redevelopment of Coney Island” at the Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, March 19-22, 2014.
 
Juan Rivero organized the panel “From Coney Island to the High Line: Perspectives on Public Space and Urban Development in 21st Century New York City” at the Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, March 19-22, 2014.
 
Qianqi Shen presented the paper titled “From National Industrial Development Policy to Local Land Financing Instrument: the Case of Development Zone Policy Implementation in China " at the AAG Annual Conference in Tampa, FL, Apr 8-12, 2014.
 
Qianqi Shen presented the paper titled "Negotiating Governance: the Case of Development Zone Policy Implementation in China" at the APPAM Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM, Nov 5-8. 2014.
 
Jonathan Stiles presented a paper titled “Planning Through Social Enterprise: Organizational Form in the Civic Technology Movement” at the ACSP Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 30-Nov 1, 2014.
 
Jonathan Stiles presented a paper titled “Evaluating Participation, Innovation, and Outcomes Around City Open Data Initiatives” at the Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, March 19
-22, 2104 and at the Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, March 10, 2014.
 
Shannon Sweeney presented a paper titled  “Middle School Students Perceptions of Safety: A Mixed Methods Study,” at the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, Oct. 30.
 
Shannon Sweeney and Leigh Ann Von Hagen presented a paper titled “What Do the Kids Say? Giving a Voice to Youth Perspectives on Biking and Walking,” at ProWalk ProBike ProPlace, Pittsburgh, PA, 
September 10, 2014.
 
Shannon Sweeney presented a paper titled “How Safe is This Image? Middle School Students Perceptions of Safety” at the Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, March 10, 2014.
 
Shannon Sweeney, Leigh Ann Von Hagen and Laura Torchio led a session called “Strangers with Candy: Working with Communities to Overcome Fears and Perceived Risks of Walking and Biking,” New Jersey Bike & Walk Summit,
New Brunswick, NJ, February 8, 2014.
 
Benjamin Teresa was a discussant on the panel on "Financialized Landscapes and the Power to Plan" at the ACSP Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA, October 30-Nov 1, 2014.
 
Ben Teresa presented a paper titled “Temporality and the Financialization of Urban Change: Rent Regulated Housing in New York City”, 3rd Annual Conference of the International Graduate Research Program, Center for Metropolitan Studies, Technische Universität Berlin, November 20
-22, 2014
 
Ben Teresa presented a paper titled “Speculation in Rent Regulated Multifamily Housing in New York City” at the Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Tampa, FL, April 7
-12, 2014.
 
Ben Teresa
and Desiree Fields organized the panel titled “Rent Relations in the Financialized Economy” at the Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Tampa, FL, April 7 – 12, 2014.
 
Ben Teresa
and Mark Kear organized the panel titled “Post-Crisis Geographies of Risk Production” at the Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Tampa, FL, April 7-12, 2014.
 
Ben Teresa presented a paper titled “The Politics of Value: Speculation in Rent Regulated Multifamily Housing in New York City” at the Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, March 19
-22, 2014.
 
 
Ben Teresa, Lee Polonsky, and Ryan Good organized a session on "The contested value of place: Land, property, and community development" at the Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX, March 19-22, 2014.
 
Ben Teresa presented a paper titled “Rent’s Role: Speculation in Rent Regulated Housing in New York City” at the Annual Krueckeberg Doctoral Conference, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, March 10, 2014.
 
Nicholas Tulach presented a paper titled “Gender Differences in Youth Bicycling: Findings from a Survey of New Jersey Children” at the ACSP Annual Conference in Philadelphia, October 30-Nov 1, 2014.
 
Nicholas Tulach organized a panel titled "History of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority: A Panel Discussion” at the Transportation Research Board 93rd Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C on January 14, 2014.
 
Cathy Wang will present her research on "Expert and Public Attitudes Toward Performance-Based Funding for Higher Education" at the Conference on Institutional Design Frontiers: Higher Education, April 9-10, 2015, Scottsdale, Arizona.

 

POSTERS

Allison Bridges presented a poster on "Evaluating Bioenergy Policy: Balancing Innovation and Regulation in the Biofuels Sector" at the APPAM Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM, Nov 5-8. 2014.
 
Morgan Campbell presented a poster on gender-based differences in transportation mode choices of IT workers in Bangalore at the 5th International Conference on Women’s Issues in Transportation (Paris, France) April 14-16, 2014
 
Shankar Chandramowli and Frank Felder presented “Integrating power system and macroeconomic modeling to project the impacts of climate change in New Jersey” at the Fourth International Engineering Systems Symposium (CESUN), Hoboken, NJ, June 8-11, 2014.
 
Shannon Sweeney will present a poster titledHow Safe Is It? Using a Photo Survey to Understand Students’ Active Travel Perceptions,” at the Transportation Research Board Meeting, January 12, 2015 in Washington, DC.
 

PUBLISHED WORK FROM OUR DOCTORAL STUDENTS

Morgan Campbell published an article "Building Diplomacy: 50 Years of the Swiss Embassy in New Delhi" In Metropolis Magazine.
 
Morgan Campbell’s forthcoming article "Suburban Cobra: Or, some thoughts on Ouroboros, public space, and cities in general" will be published in Of Ideas.
 
Handi Chandra-Putra, Jing Chen, Clinton Andrews. 2014. “Eco-evolutionary pathways toward industrial cities.” Journal of Industrial Ecology.
 
Handi Chandra-Putra, Haiyan Zhang, Clinton Andrews. 2014. “Modeling Real Estate Market Responses to Climate Change in the Coastal Zone.” Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation. (In press)
 
Shankar Chandramowli and Frank Felder. 2014.“Climate change and power systems planning- Challenges and Opportunities.” The Electricity Journal  27(4): 40-50.
 
Shankar Chandramowli and Frank Felder. 2014. “Impact of climate change on electricity markets and systems- A Review of models and forecasts.” Sustainable Energy Technology and Assessments 5: 62-74.
 
Shankar Chandramowli. 2014. “Is there a way to handle uncertainty in social science?” Bloustein Journal of Planning and Public Policy.
 
Andrea Hetling, Jinwoo Kwon, and Elizabeth Mahn. 2014. "Income Packaging Strategies of Economically Disconnected Women and the Implications for Social Policy and Practice." Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 41(3), 85-113.
 
Marc Weiner, Tim MacKinnon, and Michael Greenberg, 2013. "Exploring the Gender Gap and the Impact of Residential Location on Environmental Risk Tolerance." Journal of Environmental Psychology, Vol. 36, Dec., pp. 190-201.
 
Angie Oberg. 2014. "Review of Revisiting Regional Growth Dynamics in India in the Post Economic Reforms Period. By Biswa Swarup Misra." Journal of Asian Economics. Volumes 31–32: 82-83.
 
Benjamin Teresa. “Rationalizing Tax Increment Financing in Chicago” Urban Geography, forthcoming.
 
Cathy C. Wang et al. 2013. China's Nonprofit Sector: Progress and Challenges, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers.

Wang translated and edited two chapters.  Chapter 8: The Charity Industry Network: A New Driving Force in China's Nonprofit Sector, and Chapter 9: The Media and China's Nonprofit Sector
 

PhD AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Allison Bridges, with a team of four inter-disciplinary Rutgers PhD students, was selected as a finalist for the Agricultural Innovation Prize, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, April 25-26, 2014.
 
Kathe Newman, Ryan Good, and M. Ricke, “Non-School Barriers to Student Success: Paterson, NJ.” Report to Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation. Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement, Rutgers University.
 
David Hersh, with Dr. Janice Fine of the School of Management and Labor Relations, Dr. Patrice Mareschal of the School of Public Policy and Administration, and Kirk Leach, completed a comprehensive report on contractor oversight in New Jersey titled “Overlooking Oversight: A Lack of Oversight in the Garden State is Placing New Jersey Residents and Assets at Risk.” The authors presented the report to labor unions and state senators. Dr. Fine also testified before the U.S. Senate at Senator Robert Mendendez’s request.
 
David Hersh, with Dr. Janice Fine of the School of Management and Labor Relations and Dr. Patrice Mareschal of the School of Public Policy and Administration drafted legislation in conjunction with the NJ Senate Office of Legislative Services and the staff of Senator Robert Gordon  based on the recommendations from their report: “Overlooking Oversight: A Lack of Oversight in the Garden State is Placing New Jersey Residents and Assets at Risk.” The resulting bill is currently going through the legislative process.
 
David Hersh worked with Dr. Hal Salzman to conduct analyses leading to several reports on the state of the STEM workforce in the United States. The results have been cited in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer and US News and World Report.
 
David Hersh and Dr. Radha Jagannathan are conducting an evaluation of a program to improve Nigerian NGO’s management and fundraising capacity. The evaluation began in late 2013 and will continue until late next year.
 
Elizabeth Hewitt co-authored a report with the Rutgers Center for Green Building: Senick, J.S., Hewitt, E., and Andrews, C.J. (2014). Scaling up advanced energy retrofits within large portfolios of commercial buildings. Prepared for the Department of Energy, Energy Efficient Buildings Hub, Philadelphia, PA.    
 
Angie Oberg earned a Human Dimensions of Environmental Change Graduate Certificate from the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University. New Bruswick, NJ, Spring 2014.
 
Angie Oberg was awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education and the South Asia Summer Language Institute. Madison, WI, Summer 2014.
 
Angie Oberg was awarded a GradFund Mentoring Program for Pre-dissertation Research in India grant from the Obama Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative at Rutgers University. Mumbai, India, Spring 2014.

 
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