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Dowell Myers

Professor of Policy, Planning, and Development and Sociology

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-7095
Office: VKC 363

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Ph.D. Urban Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

He is a specialist in urban growth and development with expertise as a planner and urban demographer. An advisor to the Bureau of the Census, he has authored the most widely referenced work on census analysis, Analysis with Local Census Data: Portraits of Change (Academic Press, 1992). His program of research has pursued two contributions to the planning field: (1) bringing people back in as the focus of planning success; and (2) understanding planning as a temporal process of developing the future. Recent research projects have focused on the upward mobility of immigrants to Southern California and the many changes they create in the city, as well as on projections of the future impacts of the growing California population. A fellow of the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy and a member of several advisory boards, Dr. Myers has published recent articles in the Journal of the American Planning Association, Demography, American Sociological Review, and Journal of Housing Research.

Research Specialties

(Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981) Professor, School of Policy, Planning, and Development: Immigration; ethnic change/demographic diversity and trends; growth management; housing & urban development; real estate market analysis; local census data analysis; urban growth, sprawl & quality of life.
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