About the Editors

John L. Renne,  Ph.D., AICP is an Associate Professor in the Department of Planning and Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans (UNO) and Director of the Merritt C. Becker Jr. University of New Orleans Transportation Institute. From April – August 2013, Dr. Renne will be appointed as a Senior Visiting Research Associate at the Transport Studies Unit at the University of Oxford.

Dr. Renne is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) of the American Planning Association, and the Urban Land Institute. His research focuses on transportation and land use planning, including livable communities, sustainable transportation, and evacuation planning.  Dr. Renne is an author and editor of Transit-Oriented Development: Making It Happen (Ashgate, 2009). Since moving to New Orleans in August 2005, Dr. Renne has shown leadership in the city’s recovery. He serves on a number of local and national boards within the transportation and planning fields. Dr. Renne has convened several national conferences and workshops on issues related to transit-oriented development and livability, sustainable transportation, and evacuation planning. He is a founding host of the National Evacuation Conference and he chairs the City of New Orleans Sustainable Transportation Advisory Committee. He also serves as the Secretary of the Transportation and Land Development Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.

Dr. Renne also works in private practice.  He is the Managing Director of The TOD Group, a firm specializing in investment, master development and consulting related to Transit Oriented Development.  The TOD Group owns and is the master developer of the Clear Creek Transit Village, located in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Renne can be contacted at jrenne@uno.edu or jrenne@thetodgroup.com

Billy Fields, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University. His research focuses on understanding the key elements of resilient communities. He has examined resiliency from transportation, urban planning, and hazard mitigation perspectives through positions as the Director of Research at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in Washington, DC and most recently as the Director of the Center of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of New Orleans. Recent publications from Dr. Fields have appeared in the Journal of Public Health Policy, the Journal of Urban Design, and Cityscape. Dr. Fields holds a B.A. from Trinity University and MPA and PhD from the University of New Orleans.

Billy can be contacted at wf16@txstate.edu

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