- UC Berkeley, Department of City and Regional Planning, Ph.D.
- UCLA, Urban and Regional Planning, M.A.
- UCLA, Sociology, B.A.
Dr. Karen Trapenberg Frick is Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning. She also is Co-Director of the University of California Transportation Center (UCTC) and Assistant Director of the University of California Transportation Center on Economic Competitiveness in Transportation (UCCONNECT).
Her forthcoming book (Routledge, 2016) is entitled Remaking the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge: A Case Study of Shadowboxing with Nature (available at <http://www.tandf.net/books/details/9780415736589/>)
Karen teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in transportation policy and planning, and she was the academic lead for CED's [IN]CITY summer program in sustainable city planning. She holds a Ph.D. in city planning from UC Berkeley and a master's in planning from UCLA.
She is an expert on sustainable transport and community-based policies and strategies as well as major transportation infrastructure projects. Her current research focuses on Tea Party and property rights activists' perspectives on planning and planners' responses. She received a "Best Paper of the Year" Award for research in this area from the Journal of the American Planning Association (at <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01944363.2013.885312#.VRRf82bZjCc>)
Related research in this area is published in the journal, Urban Studies (at http://usj.sagepub.com/content/52/2/209) and through articles written for the California Planning and Development Report and Institute of Urban and Regional Development (See <http://www.cp-dr.com/node/3536> and <http://iurd.berkeley.edu/blog/can-planners-find-common-ground-with-tea-partyproperty-rights-and-other-act>)
Her past research includes an evaluation of variable tolls on the Bay Bridge and an investigation of best practices and challenges related to transport innovations.
Prior to her University position, Karen was a transportation planner at the San Francisco Bay Area's Metropolitan Transportation Commission, where she worked on a wide range of activities including the agency's award-winning Transportation for Livable Communities program, congestion pricing, transport funding, and legislative analysis.
- Courses Taught
- CY PLAN C114 Introduction to Urban and Regional Transportation Planning
- CY PLAN 216/CIV ENG 290 Transportation Finance
- CY PLAN 217/CIV ENG 250 Transportation Planning and Policy
- CY PLAN 218/CY PLAN 250 Transportation and Land Use Studio
- CY PLAN 280 Research Design for the Ph.D.
- [IN]CITY Summer Program in Sustainable City Planning