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Lisa Schweitzer


Ph.D. Urban Planning
University of California, Los Angeles

Sol Price School of Public Policy
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall, 311
Los Angeles, CA 90089

[email protected]

Personal Website


Environmental justice, Sustainable transportation, Hazardous materials in urban environments, Community environmental quality


Lisa Schweitzer specializes in urban studies, and, in particular, normative theory and empirical analysis of social justice, environment and transport in cities. Her work has appeared in multiple popular and scholarly outlets, and her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. She maintains a blog about urban ethics, her new book project, at


Schweitzer, L. (2018). Planning and Conflict: Critical Perspectives on Contentious Urban Developments. Planning Theory. London, England: SAGE Publications.

Rosen, J., & Schweitzer, L. (2018). Benefits-sharing agreements and nonideal theory: The warning signs of agreement co-optation. Planning Theory17(3), 396–417.

Schweitzer, L. (2017). Introduction: Planning Ethics in the 21st Century. Journal of the American Planning Association83(2), 159–160.

Schweitzer, L. (2017). Rebuilding community after Katrina: transformative education in the New Orleans planning initiative. Planning Theory & Practice. Routledge.

Schweitzer, L., & Stephenson, M. (2016). Planning, Development, and Media: A Case Study of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Journal of Planning Education and Research36(2), 239–254.

2014-2015 Bedrosian Center Faculty Award

Improving Urban Governance through Community Development Agreements

Lisa Schweitzer with Jovanna Rosen

New forms of community development agreements called Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) and Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) have recently emerged in urban governance. These community development agreements represent a new way to manage urban development that supports dialogue between community stakeholders to create consensus for land use and policies. Dr. Schweitzer’s research will explore how these new agreements are being implemented and whether they achieve their stated goals using two CBAs and two PLAs as case studies. Findings from this research can be compared to traditional urban governance procedures to form recommendations for the best design and use of community development agreements.


Bedrosian Center