Meet a Social Scientist: Dr. Fang from Urban and Regional Planning

What is your name? Dr. Kerry Fang What kind of work do you do in the College?I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. I teach, do research and engage in service in the department, profession and community. Why did you decide to become an academic?The academic lifestyle is very attractive…

Wicked Webinar: Neighborhoods First: Community Action for Equitable City Planning

The post is based on a webinar sponsored by the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University. A Wicked Webinar panel discussion on community engagement, moderated by Dr. Tisha Holmes (FSU Department of Urban and Regional Planning) and leaders from the Providence Neighborhood Association (PNA). Community-based action research is working at the local…

Envisioning St. George Island: A Graduate Planning Project at the Front Lines of Community Engagement and Sustainability

Florida is known worldwide for its beautiful beaches, warm climate, and top-ranked tourist destinations.  Florida also has the distinction of being one of the nation’s fastest growing states. Balancing the desires and demands of our ever-growing population with the need to ensure the viability of our economic and natural resources has long been a challenge faced…

Ph.D. Spotlight: Understanding Factors that Increase Citizens’ Participation in Community Development Projects in Lagos, Nigeria

Despite billions of dollars spent and hundreds of studies conducted, there seems to have been little progress made in meeting the housing and infrastructures shortages in Less Developed Countries (LDCs). Theoretical constructs such as culture, geography and institutions have not been able to explain this deficit. Few studies have provided empirical evidence of factors that…

Marginal Impacts of Park-and-Ride Facilities in the Twin Cities

The provision of park-and-ride (P&R) facilities helps make a transit system accessible to those that don’t live within walking distance of a stop. However, transit operators can’t afford to have parking at all stops because of the additional costs related to land acquisition, construction, and maintenance. Even if an operator had the resources to provide…

Welcome Back!

To the returning and new students, staff, and faculty of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy (COSSPP), welcome to what I’m going to call The Year Like No Other. I am pleased and honored that you have chosen to be a part of COSSPP at what I believe to be an important moment…

Research Spotlight: Creating more Sustainable Communities through Planning

For the past several decades, urban planners have been promoting transit-oriented development (TOD) as a paradigm for building sustainable communities. TOD involves building compact, mixed-use, and walkable development around transit stops. This type of development ostensibly provides a place where one can live without a car while maintaining easy access to goods and services.  In…

COSSPP Faculty Impact on Scholarship: Influence at a Glance

As the spring semester comes to an end, we want to take a moment to celebrate the accomplishments and influence of faculty in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy. This series of graphs produced by Dr. Jim Elsner offers a glimpse of the amazing work taking place in the College of Social Science…