Lucie Laurian

Professor and Director

Lucie’s research focuses on the interactions between urban populations and their environments. She has conducted work on environmental justice, especially with regards to populations’ exposure to toxic sites, and on public participation in environmental decisions related to Superfund sites and toxic site cleanups in the US and France. 

She also researches the evaluation, implementation, outcomes of sustainability plans, the organizational determinants of implementation, and the linkages between elected officials’ campaigns and their support for environmental planning strategies. This component of her research focuses on US, New Zealand, and Canada. 

More recently, she has conducted research on urban forestry, on the role of trust in planning, and on the treatment of Time in planning research and practice. 

Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the New Zealand Foundation for Science, Research and Technology 

Lucie serves as Review Article Editor for the journal Planning Theory, is Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association, and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals, including LAND, the Journal of Planning Education and Research, Town Planning Review, and the Journal of Environmental Planning & Management

Her teaching portfolio includes: The Making of Cities: Theories and Histories of Planning, Designing Sustainable and Healthy Cities, Analytic Methods, Environmental Policy and Management, Seminar. 

Areas of Interest:

Populations – environments interactions 

Public participation 

The implementation of environmental plans 

The linkages between planning and public health 

The role of trust, electoral campaigns, and time in planning thought and practice 


Lucie Laurian CV April 2022.pdf

Lucie Laurian
Ph.D. Urban and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001

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University of Iowa
United States