Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning
Geoff Morrison is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management whose research is at the intersection of transportation, energy, and policy. He is particularly interested in economic modeling of urban systems, alternative transportation fuels, vehicle ownership, and traffic congestion in the developing world. Geoff Morrison worked on international transportation issues at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, and at the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) Research Centre in Fahridabad. During his PhD, he studied varying topics in transportation including traffic congestion, aviation energy use, influences on commute modes, biofuels, hydrogen, and energy efficiency.
Following his undergraduate degree from Duke University, he served for five years as an officer in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear power program, during which he made two deployments to the North Arabian Gulf on a destroyer and an aircraft carrier. His main responsibility included overseeing the operation, maintenance, and safety of a 550 megawatt reactor. He has a Ph.D in an interdisciplinary transportation, economics, and engineering program from University of California, Davis and two M.S. degrees (Civil & Environmental Engineering and Agriculture & Resource Economics) also from UC Davis.
Transportation, Land Use, and Urban Form
This is an introductory course in urban transportation planning that examines the evolution of urban transportation systems and the complex relationships between transportation, land use, and urban form. The content of the course is divided into four parts. The first is a historical look at the planning and development of transportation systems and urban form in the U.S. The second part looks more conceptually and theoretically at the relationships between land use and transportation. The third part examines a number of land use and transportation policy questions facing planners today. And the fourth part explores the normative perspectives and values shaping our views of cities and their transportation systems.