UAP Professor Buehler Publishes in International Planning Studies Journal

| June 16th, 2015 | No Comments »

Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs Associate Professor Ralph Buehler’s research titled “Planning for Sustainable Transport in Germany and the U.S.: A comparison of the Washington, DC and Stuttgart regions”. The research is based on comparing the two regions’ planning for a sustainable transport. It appears in the 2015 International Planning Studies issue in volume 20, number 3 and was subsequently highlighted by CityLab, achieving 14,000 shares. The citation of the article follows: Buehler, R., Jung, W. and Hamre, A. 2015. “Planning for Sustainable Transport in Germany and the U.S.: A comparison of the Washington, DC and Stuttgart Regions,” International Planning Studies, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp.292-312. For more information about this research, visit his webpage.  

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Metropolitan Institute Awarded a Grant by the City of Arlington

| June 13th, 2015 | No Comments »

Virginia Tech’s Metropolitan Institute has been awarded funding by the City of Arlington to further develop the use of metrics to assess the city’s economic performance.  This grant will deepen the partnership between the university and the City of Arlington.  Assistant Professor Adam Eckerd, Research Associate Lauren Bulka and Professor Susan Sterett will provide the support and the assistance on this project. Metropolitan Institute is housed within the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and partners closely with the faculty of the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA).  It is located in the National Capital Region in Old Town Alexandria Virginia.  For more information on other research initiatives that Metropolitan Institute conducts, please visit their website.

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Professor Sterett gives invited talk at Richard Wesley Conference on Environmental Politics and Governance

| June 12th, 2015 | No Comments »

Professor Susan Sterett recently presented a talk entitled “Displacement and Legal Mobilization” at the 2015 Richard Wesley conference on Environmental Politics and Governance organized by the Center for Environmental Politics at University of Washington in Seattle. Professor Sterett is the director of the Virginia Tech’s Metropolitan Institute, which is housed within the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and partners closely with the faculty of the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA).  The Metropolitan Institute is located in the National Capital Region in Old Town Alexandria Virginia.  For more information on the research initiatives that Metropolitan Institute conducts, please visit the website.

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Susan Sterett, Virginia Tech Professor, Participated in a DOJ Sponsored Workshop

| June 9th, 2015 | No Comments »

On May 20, 2015, Dr. Susan Sterett, professor at Virginia Tech, recently participated in a Department of Justice (DOJ) sponsored workshop on Access to Civil Legal Aid held in Washington, DC.  Researchers and practitioners were invited to explore the needed research around civil legal aid and its intersection with public safety and criminal justice. Professor Sterett is the director of the Virginia Tech’s Metropolitan Institute, which is housed within the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and partners closely with the faculty of the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA).  The Metropolitan Institute is located in the National Capital Region in Old Town Alexandria Virginia.  For more information on the research initiatives that Metropolitan Institute conducts, please visit the website.    

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Post Doctorate Fellow Wells Publishes Research in “Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography”

| May 26th, 2015 | Comments Off

Virginia Tech Metropolitan Institute‘s Post Doctorate Fellow Katie Wells’ research article, “A Housing Crisis, a Failed Law, and a Property Conflict:  The US Urban Speculation Tax”, has been accepted for publication in the Antipode 47(4) for September 2015, and it is available to read online now. The article explores how cities tried to restrict profits gained on properties in the urban areas by imposing a speculation tax on the purchases of these properties.  She further highlights the failure of this policy based on 10 months of archival research and interviews in the Washington, DC area and the narrative crisis that was produced as a result of this failed policy.  Antipode is a journal that offers a radical (Marxist/socialist/anarchist/anti-racist/feminist/queer/green) analysis of geographical issues and whose intent is to engender the development of a new and better society.  It publishes five times a year by Wiley-Blackwell. Wells completed her Ph.D. in Geography at

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UAP Professor Buehler’s Bicycle Research featured on ‘Pulse of the Planet’ Radio Show

| April 14th, 2015 | Comments Off

School of Public and International Affairs Associate Professor Ralph Buehler’s research on Bicycling in the U.S. and abroad was the topic of the week recently on ‘Pulse of the Planet’, a radio show based out of New York.  Click the links below to hear the audio version of the show.  To read more about Dr. Buehler’s thoughts on this topic, visit his blog. Pulse of the Planet is broadcast over 252 public and commercial stations around the world and on the Armed Forces Radio Network, reaching over one million listeners weekly. The series is presented by the National Science Foundation.   Bicycles Comeback (http://www.pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/dailies.php?POP=5970) Bicycles Innovation (http:/www.pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/dailies.php?POP=5972) Bicycles Commuter Bike (http://www.pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/dailies.php?POP=5973) Bicycles Advantages (http://www.pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/dailies.php?POP=5971) Bicycles History (http://www.pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/dailies.php?POP=5969)   Here is a list of stations that broadcast pulse of the planet: http://www.pulseplanet.com/other/radio_stations.php

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PGG’s Andrea Hamre, Sarah Halvorson-Fried, and Anna Erwin – Citizen Scholar Award Recipient

| March 30th, 2015 | Comments Off

The School of Public and International Affair’s graduate students Andrea Hamre, Sarah Halvorson-Fried and Anna Erwin were recently presented the Citizen Scholar Award by Virginia Tech’s Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education, Dr. Karen P. DePauw, for their projects, “Citizen Engagement at the Local and Regional Level in the Washington, DC Area,” “Involvement and Research with the Employment and Income Gap Issue Group of the Dialogue on Race,” and  “Roanoke Food Systems.” “I was very impressed with the quality and scope of your project and believe you are an excellent representative of the aims of Citizen Scholar Engagement and Transformative Graduate Education. The Transformative Graduate Education model is an initiative introduced by the Graduate School to modernize graduate education and apply the “New American University” model to graduate education,” said Dr. DePauw. The Citizen Scholar Engagement (CSE) initiative at Virginia Tech encourages graduate students to create a mutually beneficial

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CPAP’s Annual High Table Event – Success

| March 30th, 2015 | Comments Off

Faculty, student, alumni and invited guest recently attended Virginia Tech’s annual High Table event, a tradition adopted in 1986 based on similar events held for centuries at Oxford and Cambridge universities, this past weekend, March 27-28, hosted by the Center for Public Administration and Policy in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies’ School of Public and International Affairs. As the keynote speaker, Dr. Frances Berry spoke on the “Semantic Network Analysis of Issue Interpretation in Risk Policy Related to Mad Cow Disease.”  She discussed the stakeholders’ social construction of the Mad Cow Policy in South Korea. Dr. Berry is currently a professor in the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University. Her specialization includes public and nonprofit management, public policy and innovation, state and intergovernmental administration. The annual High Table event is an opportunity to bring together faculty, students, and graduates from the Center for Public Administration and

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Policyfailing: Looking at Gentrification in DC

| March 17th, 2015 | Comments Off

Postdoctoral Associate Dr. Katie Wells from the Metropolitan Institute, has published Policyfailing: The Case of Public Property Disposal in Washington DC  in the ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies.  ACME is an on-line international journal for critical analyses of the social, the spatial and the political that has been in publication since 2002. Wells completed her Ph.D. in Geography at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School in 2013. Her research focuses on property conflict, especially disputes over housing, poverty, and urban planning in U.S. cities. To learn more about this and other works by Wells, visit her webpage.

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Americans are taking to cycling, walking, and public transport

| March 17th, 2015 | Comments Off

Associate Professor, Ralph Buehler, in the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech published a short article on the London School of Economics’ Daily Blog on American Politics and Policy featuring research from his study on multimodal travel behaviors among American motorists.

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