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Carolyn McAndrews, PhD

Assistant Professor

Contact Information:

Phone: 303.315.1000 

Office Location: CU Denver Building, 320BB 


Link to personal website


Urban and Regional Planning

Degrees Held

  • PhD, City and Regional Planning  with a designated emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies,  University of California, Berkeley

  • MCP, City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley 

  • MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley 

  • BA, Economics, Brown University

Research Interests

Carolyn McAndrews’ research agenda focuses on how planning and policy communities bring health, safety, and environmental considerations into transportation and land use decision-making and design.  The objective of her research is to understand how a combination of political and technological factors shape transportation systems, and how planners can help create the institutional contexts that support more sustainable and socially just urban development.   

In past and current research, Dr. McAndrews has examined these questions in the following contexts: 

  • How community participation and neighborhood design can introduce health and safety ideas into the design and function of arterial roads so that arterials can be better neighbors while serving regional transportation demands. 
  • How people organize multi-disciplinary policy and planning communities to address the multiple determinants of health. 
  •  How climate change considerations and motorization influence transportation, land use, and urban development policies in Latin America. 
  • How to reduce road safety disparities through transportation and land use interventions, particularly the protection of pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vulnerable road users.
  • How media-based research methods such as participatory photo mapping and video can be used to create and communicate research about streets and neighborhood places. 

Dr. McAndrews was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2010 to 2012. 

Courses Taught

  • Planning Issues and Processes
  • Transportation Planning and Policy
  • Transportation and Land Use

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