Transportation Policy and Planning and Environmental Planning and Healthy Cities specializations.
- PhD University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2000
- MS in Transportation., MIT, 1996
- BS, Business Administration, Fordham University, 1994
Daniel A. Rodríguez is Chancellor’s Professor of City and Regional Planning. His research focuses on the relationship between transportation, land development, and the health and environmental impacts that follow. His most recent work focuses on the health and equity impacts of urban transportation policy. In a current project he is examining the impact of transportation innovations (bus rapid transit, aerial trams, protected and unprotected bicycle lane networks) on land markets and development.
In another current project, he is examining the dramatic rise in motorcycle use in Latin America. He frames this increase as an unexpected result of urban transportation policy decisions that have failed to limit the appeal of the automobile. At the same time, transit service continues to deteriorate, with fares rising and travel times suffering due to congestion. Motorcycles emerge in this context as a viable option charged with alternative meaning and opportunity, but with enormous personal risks.
As a Faculty Affiliate of the Institute for Urban and Regional Development, Rodriguez is currently leading two research projects (totaling $1.1 million) related to urban health inequalities and the built environment in Latin America. In other work he has considered the land value impact of transit investment and the impact of urban form on physical activity and travelling behavior. On a regional scale, he has studied the relationship between regional policies and travel patterns and how plans can be used to strengthen the connection between transportation and land use.
A majority of Professor Rodríguez’s work is driven by practical problems and finding solutions for planners and policy-makers. Working within the health, nutrition, economics, engineering, geography and public policy disciplines, he has examined how changes to the physical attributes of the environment, such as the location of bus routes, rail lines, supermarkets and trails, are related to changes in physical activity; and how land management tools can be used to encourage transit development and recapture property value increases by public action.
Prior to joining Berkeley, Rodriguez served in the faculty of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Communities in the Department of City and Regional Planning. He is a faculty fellow of the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, and has been a consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank, Andean Development Bank, and the Clean Air Institute.
Inquiries from prospective doctoral students are welcome.
For a copy of his CV, please click here.
- Courses Taught
CP216 Planning for Active Transportation
CP217/CE250 Transportation Policy and Planning
CP 290A, Special Topics: PR/CR/Thesis Workshop
- Awards + Recognition
- Best paper of the year, awarded by Risk Analysis, 2015
- Excellence in Safety Research Poster Award, given by Active Living Research and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in conjunction with the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (with Bushell, M., Poole, B., and Zeeger, C.), San Diego, CA
- Transportation Research Board’s Fred Burggraf Award recognizing excellence in transportation research by researchers 35 years of age or younger, 2000.
- Selected Publications
Transportation and Land Use
Hirsch, J.A., Meyer, K.A., Peterson, M., Huh, J., Peng, K., Song, Y., Rodriguez, D.A., Gordon-Larsen, P. In press. Neighbourhood Sociodemographics and Change in Built Environment Infrastructure. Journal of Urbanism, 26 pages
Rodriguez, D.A., Vergel-Tovar, E., Camargo, W.F. (2016). Land development impacts of BRT in a sample of stops in Quito and Bogotá. Transport Policy, doi:10.1016/j.tranpol.2015.10.002
Braun, L.M., Rodriguez, D.A., Cole-Hunter, T., Ambros, A., Donaire-Gonzalez, D., Jerrett, M., Mendez, M., Nieuwenhuijsen, M.J., de Nazelle, A. (2016). Short-term planning and policy interventions to promote cycling in urban centers: Findings from a commute mode choice analysis in Barcelona, Spain. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 89, 164-183.
McDonald, N., Merlin, L., Hu, H., Shih, J., Cohen, D., Evenson, K.R., McKenzie, T., Rodriguez, D.A. (2016). Longitudinal analysis of adolescent girls’ activity patterns: Understanding the influence of the transition to licensure. Journal of Transportation and Land Use, 9,2, 1-20.
Cole-Hunter, T., Donaire-Gonzalez, D., Curto, A., Ambros, A., Valentin, A. Garcia-Aymerich, J., Martinez, D., Braun, L.M., Mendez, M., Jerrett, M., Rodriguez, D., de Nazelle, A., Nieuwenhuijsen, M. (2015). Objective correlates and determinants of bicycle commuting propensity in an urban environment, Transportation Research Part D, 40, 132-143.
Yang, Y., Auchincloss, A., Rodríguez, D. A., Brown, D., Riolo, R. Diez-Roux, A. (2015). Modeling spatial segregation and travel cost influences on utilitarian walking: Towards policy intervention. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 51, 59-69.
Health and Environment
Maurer-Braun, L., Rodriguez, D.A., Peng, K., Song, Y., Rodriguez, D.A., Gordon-Larsen, P. In press. Changes in walking, body mass index, and cardiometabolic risk factors following residential relocation: Longitudinal results from the CARDIA study. Journal of Transport and Health, 22 pages.
Sandt L.S., Marshall S.W., Rodriguez D.A., Evenson K.R., Ennett S.T., Robinson W.R. (2016). Effect of a community-based pedestrian injury prevention program on driver yielding behavior at marked crosswalks, Accident Analysis and Prevention, 93, 169-178.
Maurer-Braun, L., Rodriguez D.A., Evenson, K.R., Hirsch, J., Moore, K., Diez-Roux, A. (2016). Walkability and cardiometabolic risk factors: Cross-sectional and longitudinal associations from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, Health & Place, 39, 9-17.
MacDonald-Gibson, J., Rodriguez, D.A., Dennerlein, T., Mead, J., Hasch, T., Meacci, G., Levin, S. (2015). Predicting Urban Design Effects on Physical Activity and Public Health: A Case Study. Health & Place, 35, 79-84.
Fox, L., Serre, M., Lippmann, S., Rodríguez, D. A., Bangdiwala, S. I., Gutierrez, M. I., Escobar, G., & Villaveces, A. (2015). Spatiotemporal approaches to analyzing pedestrian fatalities: The case of Cali, Colombia. Traffic Injury Prevention, 16, 6, 571-577. doi: 10.1080/15389588.2014.976336.
Mansfield, T., MacDonald, J., & Rodríguez, D. A. (2015). The effects of urban form on ambient air pollution and public health risk: A case study in Raleigh, North Carolina. Risk Analysis, 35, 5, 901-918.