Lisa Schweitzer

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
Curriculum Vitae


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

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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.

Selected Publications

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.

Schweitzer, L. (2016). Restorative planning ethics: The therapeutic imagination and planning in public institutions. Planning Theory15(2), 130–144.

Schweitzer, L. (2016). Choice and Speculation. Cityscape18(3), 185–192.

Hong, A., Schweitzer, L., Yang, W., & Marr, L. C. (2015). Impact of Temporary Freeway Closure on Regional Air Quality: A Lesson from Carmageddon in Los Angeles, United States. Environmental Science & Technology, 49(5), 3211-3218.

Liu, S., Murray-Tuite, P., & Schweitzer, L. (2014). Incorporating Household Gathering and Mode Decisions in Large‐Scale No‐Notice Evacuation Modeling. ComputerAided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, 29(2), 107-122.

Schweitzer, L. (2014). Planning and Social Media: A Case Study of Public Transit and Stigma on Twitter. Journal of the American Planning Association, 80(3), 218-238.

Liu, S., Murray-Tuite, P., & Schweitzer, L. (2012). Analysis of Child Pick-up during Daily Routines and for Daytime No-Notice Evacuations. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 46(1), 48-67.

Schweitzer, L. (2012). Reducing Pollution at the Port. In D. Sloane (Ed.), Planning Los Angeles (pp. 171). Chicago: American Planning Association Press.

Schweitzer, L., & Marr, L. (2012). Planning for Improved Air Quality and Environmental Health. In R. Crane, & R. Weber (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning (pp. 436). New York: Oxford University Press.

Zhou, J., Wang, Y., & Schweitzer, L. (2012). Jobs/Housing Balance and Employer-Based Travel Demand Management Program Returns to Scale: Evidence from Los Angeles. Transport Policy, 20, 22-35.

Schweitzer, L., & Kim, S. (2009). Environmental Justice and Collaborative Governance: Building a Socio-Spatial Perspective for Facility Siting. International Review of Public Administration, 13, 45-59.

Stephenson, M., & Schweitzer, L. (2009). Learning from the Quest for Environmental Justice in the Niger River Delta. In J. Agyeman, & J. Carmin (Eds.), Environmental Injustice beyond Borders: Local Perspectives on Global Inequities (pp. 45). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.