BUFFALO, N.Y. — In a timely twist of fate, given the recent earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand, Philip Berke, noted specialist in planning for earthquakes and author of major books on urban planning and natural hazard mitigation, will present the University at Buffalo’s 2011 Clarkson Chair in Planning Lecture March 23 at 5:30 p.m. in 301 Crosby Hall on the UB South Campus.
Berke, the 2011 Clarkson Chair in Planning in the UB School of Architecture and Planning, is professor of city and regional planning at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, where he is the deputy director of the Institute for Environment and the director of the Center for Sustainable Community Design.
He says, “The central focus of my work is to develop a deeper understanding of the connections between human settlements and the natural environment. My research explores the causes of land use decisions and their consequences on the environmental, social and economic systems of human settlements.”
His ultimate goal is to seek solutions to complex urban development problems that enhance the transition to sustainable communities, he says.
Berke is currently a Collaborative Research Scholar of the International Global Change Institute in New Zealand and presents seminars throughout the world. His research has been supported by the United Nations Division of Humanitarian Affairs, U.S. National Science Foundation, New Zealand Foundation for Research Science and Technology, Federal Emergency Management Agency, North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute, and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. He is a co-recipient of the 2001 Best Article Award and 2000 Honorable Mention Best Article Award from the American Planning Association.