Dr. Marlon Boarnet, Professor of Public Policy and Spatial Sciences and Chair of the Urban Planning & Spatial Analysis Department of the USC Price School of Public Policy, is a renowned authority on urban economics, urban growth patterns, transportation and regional science. He is an expert in transportation and land use, and has served on the National Research Council committee that authored “Driving and the Built Environment.”

His research focuses on land use and transportation; links between land use and travel behavior and associated implications for public health and greenhouse gas emissions; urban growth patterns; and the economic impacts of transportation infrastructure.

Dr. Boarnet has published extensively in leading journals such as Regional Science and Urban EconomicsEnvironment and BehaviorUrban StudiesJournal of Urban EconomicsJournal of Planning Education and ResearchNational Tax Journal, and Journal of the American Planning Association and is also co-author of Travel by Design: The Influence of Urban Form on Travel (Oxford University Press, 2001).

For twelve years, Dr. Boarnet co-edited the Journal of Regional Science, is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Planning LiteratureJournal of Transport and Land UseTransport Policy, and previously on Papers in Regional Science.

In recognition for lifetime scholarly achievement, Dr. Boarnet is fellow of both the Regional Science Association International and the Weimer School of the Homer Hoyt Institute for Real Estate. He serves as vice-president/president-elect of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (2017-2019).

He has been an Executive Committee Member for the National Center for Sustainable Transportation since 2014 and has acted as principal investigator on over 1.8 million dollars of funded research, supported by agencies that include the U.S. and California Departments of Transportation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Policy Research Center, the California Air Resources Board and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Ph.D., Public Affairs, Princeton University
M.A., Public Affairs, Princeton University
Master in Public Affairs, Princeton University
B.A., Physics, Rice University

Selected publications

Boarnet, M. G., Bostic, R. W., Rodnyansky, S., Burinskiy, E., Eisenlohr, A., Jamme, H. T., & Santiago-Bartolomei, R., Do High Income Households Reduce Driving More When Living Near Rail Transit?Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 80.

Boarnet, M. G., Burinskiy, E., Bostic, R., Rodnyansky, S., & Prohofsky, A., Effect of New Rail Transit Stations on Income Distribution of Nearby Residential Moves; UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, National Center for Sustainable Transportation; 2019.

Boarnet, M., & Green, R.K., How Should Cities Manage Economic Development? Highlights from Theory and Practice; In K. Kourtit (Ed.), Cities in Transition. Edward Elgar, 341-368.; 2015.

Boarnet, M., & Hsu, H-P., The Gender Gap in Non-Work Travel: The Relative Roles of Income Earning Potential and Land UseJournal of Urban Economics, 86, 111-127; 2015.

Houston, D., Boarnet, M., Ferguson, G., & Spears, S., Can Compact Rail Transit Corridors Transform the Automobile City? Planning for More Sustainable Travel in Los AngelesUrban Studies. 52(5), 938-959.Published online April 22, 2014; 2015.