- 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 Associate Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning. She also is 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 book is entitled Remaking the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge: A Case Study of Shadowboxing with Nature (Routledge, 2016) and is available at the Routledge website.
Also see these articles on the book by CityLab and UC Berkeley at http://www.citylab.com/politics/2015/10/from-250-million-to-65-billion-the-bay-bridge-cost-overrun/410254/ and http://news.berkeley.edu/2015/10/22/sf-oakland-bay-bridge-soaring-costs/
Karen teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in transportation policy and planning, global cities, planning history and theory, and dissertation research design. She was the academic lead for CED's [IN]CITY summer program in sustainable city planning.
Research and Areas of Interest:
She is an expert on sustainable transport and community-based planning and major transportation infrastructure projects. Her current research focuses on conservative, Tea Party and property rights activists' perspectives on planning and planners' responses. She received a "Best Paper of the Year" Award for research on the topic from the Journal of the American Planning Association (at <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01944363.2013.885312#.VRRf82bZjCc>)
Research in this area is published in the journal, Urban Studies (at http://usj.sagepub.com/content/52/2/209) which received a "top five" designation and Planning Theory and Practice which was shortlisted for award consideration (at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14649357.2015.1125520)
A short related article for California Planning and Development Report is at <http://www.cp-dr.com/node/3536>
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.
Professional Experience in Planning:
Prior to her University position, Karen was a transportation planner at the San Francisco Bay Area's Metropolitan Transportation Commission for nine years 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.
- CY PLAN 200 Planning History and Theory
- Global Cities, Environmental Design 4b
- [IN]CITY Summer Program in Sustainable City Planning