BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo has announced that it
will launch a new doctoral program in Urban and Regional Planning
in its School of Architecture and Planning.
The program will begin in September and will be the only such
program in the State University of New York system. UB is
particularly interested in recruiting students from the U.S.,
Europe, China, Korea and South Asia.
The new program will emphasize research and learning in areas in
which the UB school and its planning faculty have garnered
international distinction: assisting declining cities and
distressed urban communities; health, food systems, human abilities
and the environment; built environments and environmental change;
land use and transportation; disasters and extreme events; advanced
technology, information systems and methods in planning; and
Additional information about the program is available at: http://www.ap.buffalo.edu/planning/degrees/phd.asp.
Applicants also can contact Program Director Samina Raja, PhD,
at email@example.com or at
According to Raja, applicants may be considered for competitive
financial awards available through funded research projects. For
example, two of the school's research centers, the UB Regional
Institute and Urban Design Project, are leading a $1.8 million,
multi-year U.S. Department of Housing and the Urban Development
Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant, which will include
community-based planning in food systems, climate action and
housing for Erie and Niagara Counties.
Robert G. Shibley, professor and dean of the UB School of
Architecture and Planning, said the PhD program will create the
potential for dual-degrees and collaborative research pursuits
through the school's recently created Master of Science in
"This PhD program presents unique opportunities to advance the
pursuit of scholarship and new knowledge in planning with an
interdisciplinary lens that engages not only architecture and
design, but fields as diverse as law, sociology, the sciences and
even visual studies," Shibley said. "We're excited as a school for
the opportunity to take our scholarship to the next level."
Ernest Sternberg, professor and chair of the UB Department of
Urban and Regional Planning, citing the school's nationally ranked
Master of Urban Planning program, said the new PhD program "builds
on our school's distinguished reputation for pursuing cutting-edge
research on issues central to the social, environmental and
aesthetic well-being of our local and global communities."
The school offers a vast infrastructure for sponsored research
and public scholarship through its research centers and labs,
including the recently aligned UB Regional Institute, Urban Design
Project, and the Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab
headed by Raja, and the internationally-regarded Center for
Inclusive Design and Environmental Access.
"These research centers and labs will connect students of this
program to faculty members with similar research interests,
creating new opportunities for advanced scholarship and applied
research across the disciplines of our school and university," said
Raja, an internationally recognized expert in food systems
Raja noted such opportunities are already in place in the
Buffalo-Niagara metropolitan region and the Buffalo-Toronto
conurbation, with the UB school actively engaging with nonprofits,
governments and other organizations throughout the region and
"Although many of our faculty members are involved in
community-based research in Buffalo, many also study planning
issues and conduct research elsewhere in the United States, as well
as overseas," Raja said.
The school's research sponsors include the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,
the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of
Education, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as many
local, regional and state agencies.