Dowell Myers

Professor of Public Policy and Sociology
Email Office VKC 363 Office Phone (213) 740-7095

Research & Practice Areas

“(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” to “Immigration; diversity and racial projections; Millennial life course; generational relations; demographic narrative; California; housing demography”


  • Ph.D. Urban Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 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.