Taubman College

Faculty Directory

Teaching Areas:

  • Transportation Planning
  • Urban and Regional Theory
  • GIS and Spatial Analysis

Joe Grengs’ research focuses on transportation planning and how metropolitan land-use patterns contribute to uneven economic development and social disparities. His work argues for improving transportation systems by shifting from mobility to accessibility as the primary criterion by which transportation policy is evaluated. He focuses on showing how the concept of accessibility offers a more effective evaluation tool for advancing social justice than current planning practices, developing methods for making intermetropolitan comparisons of accessibility to offer a basis for advancing policy reform, and explaining how accessibility is experienced differently by race, ethnicity, sex, age, and income. He serves as the Coordinator of Doctoral Studies in Urban and Regional Planning, and as a Steering Committee member and Treasurer of the progressive planning organization Planners Network. Joe is a certified planner and a registered professional engineer with work experience in both the private and public sectors and in international settings. He holds a bachelor’s of civil engineering and master’s of urban and regional planning degrees from the University of Minnesota, and a PhD in city and regional planning from Cornell University.

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