Robert B. Cervero, Professor of City and Regional Planning, has been appointed the inaugural Carmel P. Friesen Chair in Urban Studies.
This chair was endowed by a $1 million gift from Carmel P. and Howard R. Friesen, matched by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The Friesens, both Cal alumni, have donated generously to Cal and have actively supported the undergraduate urban studies program in the Department of City and Regional Planning.
Professor Cervero, who joined the faculty of the Department of City and Regional Planning in 1980, is one of the world's foremost experts in transportation planning, focusing specifically on sustainable transportation policy and planning and the nexus between urban transportation and land-use systems. Professor Cervero's books include Developing Around Transit: Strategies and Solutions That Work (2004); The Transit Metropolis (1998); Paratransit in America: Redefining Mass Transportation (1997); Transit Villages in the 21st Century (1997); America's Suburban Centers: The Land Use-Transportation Link (1989); and Suburban Gridlock (1986).
Professor Cervero currently serves as the director of the University of California Transportation Center, and he also directs the Institute of Urban and Regional Development. He received the Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban Planning Research, and serves as chairman of the International Association of Urban Environments and the National Advisory Board of the Active Living Research Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Professor Cervero was recently appointed to the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), was responsible for the chapter on spatial development for the 5th IPCC assessment, and is lead author of the forthcoming 2013 World Report on Sustainable Transportation for the UN-Habitat.