Elizabeth Deakin joined the faculty in 1985, teaching courses in transportation planning and policy and land use and environmental planning and law. She also was affiliated with the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) and the Master of Urban Design program. For the first seven years of her appointment she was 50% time in DCRP and 50% time on the research staff at the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS.) She spent 1992-93 on exchange at UCLA. In 1997-98 she served as Acting Director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Development and from 2000 to 2009 she was Director of the University of California Transportation Center, a statewide center that funded research at all UC campuses. She also served as co-director of Berkeley’s interdisciplinary Global Metropolitan Studies Program from 2004-2009, where with co-chair Peter Evans she launched a research program, hired several faculty members, and initiated the application for the GMS designated emphasis. She was active in the Academic Senate and served as Vice Chair and Chair of the Berkeley Division in 2014 and 2015. She retired in 2016 but continues to supervise students and carry out research part time.
Deakin has authored over 300 journal articles, book chapters and monographs as well as three books and she continues to do research and writing. Among her best-known work are articles on sustainable development and sustainable transportation, air quality impacts, and institutional change. She also has been active in professional service, severing on city, county and state commissions and serving two terms as chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Transportation and Land Development Committee. She also served as transportation review editor for Working Group III (Mitigation) for the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s 2013 report. She was awarded the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate’s Distinguished Service Award (2012), the UC Berkeley Institute of Transportation Studies’ Distinguished Legacy Award (2017), and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Distinguished Educator Award (2019).
She holds degrees in political science and transportation systems analysis from MIT and in law from Boston College Law School and was awarded an honorary PhD by the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) for her work on transportation and the environment.