Susan Handy 2023

Position Title

  • Environmental Science & Policy
2138 Wickson Hall
Office Hours
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I am a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California at Davis, where I teach in the Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning major and in the Transportation Technology and Policy Program. I am also the director of the National Center for Sustainable Transportation, part of the federal university transportation centers program.  My research focuses on the relationships between transportation and land use, particularly the impact of land use on travel behavior, and on strategies for reducing automobile dependence.   My recent work includes projects for the California Air Resources Board and Caltrans on methods for evaluating the impacts on vehicle travel of proposed land development and transportation projects.  My book, Shifting Gears: Toward a New Way of Thinking About Transportation, published by MIT Press, is available for order through your local independent bookstore.

I work with an amazing group of researchers, post-docs, and graduate students in the VaLUE Lab (i.e. VMT, land use, and equity) at the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis).  Our bicycling work is housed at the BicyclingPlus Research Collaborative.

Here is a relatively current version of my CV.

Education and Degree(s)
  • PhD, City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley
  • MS, Civil Engineering, Stanford
  • BSE, Civil Engineering, Princeton
Honors and Awards
  • Thomas B. Deen Distinguished Lecture, January 2024
  • Fulbright Fellowship, 2022
  • ESP 171 Urban and Regional Planning
  • ESP 178 Research Methods
  • TTP 220 Transportation Policy
  • TTP 282 Transportation Orientation Seminar