Taubman College

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Teaching Areas:

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Planning Practice

Robert Goodspeed is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning. He teaches in the areas of geographic information systems and spatial planning. His research investigates how new information technologies can be used to improve the planning process and planning outcomes. This includes examining the design and use of planning support systems, new participatory techniques such as crowdsourcing, and the development of sociotechnical infrastructures for planning. His dissertation analyzed the relationship between the use of planning support systems and participants' social learning through mixed-methods research in Boston, Mass. and Austin, Texas.

He earned a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.C.P. from the University of Maryland, and a B.A. in history from the University of Michigan. His undergraduate thesis, a case study of Detroit's Gratiot Area Redevelopment Project from the early 1950s, sparked his interest in cities and urban planning. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., Goodspeed worked as a research analyst at the Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council, and co-founded three award-winning websites, ArborUpdate, DCist, and Rethink College Park.

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