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Dr. Bruce Appleyard


Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

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Fall 2017 - Thursday, 1:30 to 2:30pm

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Dr. Bruce Appleyard is an Associate Professor of City Planning and Urban Design at San Diego State University where he works with people and agencies to help them make more informed decisions about how we all live, work and thrive, now and well into the future.

Dr. Appleyard specializes in applied research of human settlement and behavior patterns at the intersection of urban design, transportation, land use, and environmental science, and he has published dozens of peer-reviewed and professional articles guiding policies and practices toward achieving a range of sustainability, livability, and social equity outcomes.

Dr. Appleyard is one of the lead authors of the American Planning Association’s textbook on The Transportation/Land Use Connection, as well as TRB’s new Handbook for Building Livable Transit Corridors, which incorporates the Livability Principles of the HUD, USDOT, and EPA Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP) into a new Livability Calculator designed to help practitioners create the opportunities for all people to realize their livability objectives.

Dr. Appleyard is also the Associate Director of SDSU’s Center for the Study of Human Dynamics in our Mobile Age (HDMA), as well as SDSU’s Active Transportation Research Center where he is leading research on the relationship between elements of safety and security related to crime and sustainable and active mode choices on the transportation land use integration, travel behavior, pedestrian/bicycle safety promotion, and demand analysis. 

Dr. Appleyard combines GIS and a variety visualization tools and methods to better engage members of the public in scenario planning, pedestrian and bicycle planning and design, and regional/local transportation & land use governance and policy integration.

He is also an expert in climate action planning, smart growth planning and implementation, real estate development analysis, and the spatial/cognitive relationships between people and place.

With over 25 years of professional experience, Dr. Appleyard is skilled as a project manager, and has a diverse background, from working as a Smart Growth Policy Analyst and Advocate in the Southeastern US, to working as an Urban Designer in the Northwest.

He holds a Doctorate (as well as a Masters and Bachelors) from the University of California, in the town of Berkeley where he grew up.

Dr. Appleyard in the News

10 Principles Toward More Sharing and Less Sprawl

How A 1970s Plan For San Diego Sustainability Still Has Relevance

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