Public finance and urban economics, urban service provision.
- Ph.D. Political Economy and Government, Harvard University
- B.A. History, Economics, and Government, Columbia University
Fred Collignon, Ph.D., FAICP, is Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning and has served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs for the College of Environmental Design. He was Friesen Chair for Urban Studies from 2004 until June 2006. A certified planner, Professor Collignon was awarded FAICP status for career contributions to city planning by the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2002.
Professor Collignon is principally noted for his professionally focused research and planning activities. He organized the firm Berkeley Planning Associates with several other Berkeley faculty in 1972, and served as the CEO for twenty-four years. The firm became one of the largest planning firms in the U.S. doing work in more than twenty states a year. Most of Professor Collignon's research publications are listed with “Berkeley Planning Associates” as the author. He sold the firm in 1995 to his staff as an Employee Stock Option Plan (ESOP). He has also worked as a Legislative Analyst for Congressman Clarence Long (Md.), as a Program Analyst for what is now the Office of Management and Budget in the President's Office, and as a Senior Economist at Abt Associates in Cambridge. He holds a B.A. summa cum laude from Columbia, where he majored in history, economics, and government, and a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard.
Professor Collignon served as Department Chair for City and Regional Planning almost nine years over different periods since his arrival. At some time or other, he taught in every concentration in the department with the exception of urban design. His research, professional work, and teaching has included the areas of social policy planning, program evaluation and policy analysis, land use planning and regulation, regional planning, community building and development, infrastructure, economic development, housing, transportation, public health planning, public and nonprofit sector management and program implementation, and public finance. He has directed or been the principal investigator for national program evaluations of several Federal employment programs, of community-based care for the aged, of infrastructure management, social programs focusing on child abuse and neglect, independent living centers for those with disabilities, regional development programs based on growth centers, and policies aimed at redirecting or alleviating problems associated with migration of the poor from rural areas to cities. He has participated in several national evaluations of Federal housing programs and policies, Federal poverty programs, and the programs leading to Model Cities. He completed the first Federal policy study of containerization in freight transportation, participated in regional planning studies for the Canadian Maritime provinces and many different U.S. states and regions and growth policy/program studies for different cities, and completed a study for the Australian government of new technology town governance and finance. The roles of which he is most proud include those of helping Berkeley's Center for Independent Living and helping shape the 1973 Rehabilitation Action and the later ADA legislation for those with disability. He directed from 1971-76 the nation's first center for program evaluation and policy analysis of disability programs, based at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development here at Berkeley.
His most recent research has included the following: analyses documenting a huge shortage of urban recreational space in most U.S. cities due to increasing recreational activity of women and the loss of active recreational space to development and passive recreational parkland; a comparative study of the metropolitan planning activity by states in Australia; analysis via comparative study of cities in Europe, Australia and the U.S. of the use of hallmark events (such as the Olympics or Worlds' Fairs) for urban redevelopment; and an examination of the reasons behind the increasing financial dependence on public assistance of those with disability, especially the young.
On campus, Professor Collignon has also served as Co-Chair of the Disability Studies Program, and served for more than eleven years as the Faculty Adviser for Community and National Service to the Undergraduate Vice-Chancellor (overseeing programs involving some 5000 undergraduate volunteers annually), and as the Chair of the Chancellor's Faculty Advisory Committee for Service Learning. He has held the UC President's Chair for Undergraduate Education, awarded in competition across all the campuses, and served as the Director of the campus' Program of Public and Non-Profit Sector Management, sponsored by the nine professional schools on campus. He has received several HumanCorps Awards for his community service learning courses, the Teacher of the Year award from CalCorps, and entry to the Order of the Golden Bear by the campus students.
Off campus, Professor Collignon has served on a wide array of local, metropolitan, state and national commissions and task forces. He was elected to two terms as a Berkeley City Councilmember representing the South Campus area, and has served a total of six years at different times on the City of Berkeley Planning Commission, including two terms as Commission President.
Professor Collignon credits as his hidden partner in all his work his wife Joan, a marriage of almost 35 years now. They have three adult children: Kate, Genevieve, and Robert.