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Marlon Boarnet


Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis

Ph. D. in Public Affairs
Princeton University

Sol Price School of Public Policy
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall, 301C


[email protected]


Transportation, travel behavior, urban growth patterns, regional science, urban economics

Marlon Boarnet is Professor of Public Policy and director of graduate programs in urban planning and development in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.  Boarnet’s research focuses on land use and transportation; links between land use and travel behavior and associated implications for public health and greenhouse gas emissions; urban growth patterns; and the economic impacts of transportation infrastructure.  He is co-author of Travel by Design (Oxford University Press, 2001), a comprehensive study of the link between land use and travel.  Boarnet is a fellow of the Weimer School of the Homer Hoyt Institute for Real Estate.  He currently serves on the governing board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.  Since 2002, Boarnet has co-edited the Journal of Regional Science, a leading international journal at the intersection of economics and quantitative geography.  Boarnet also serves as an associate editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association and is on the editorial boards of several other academic journals.  Boarnet was a member of the National Academy of Sciences / National Research Council Committee on “Relationships Among Development Patterns, Vehicle Miles Traveled, and Energy Consumption” which authored the report “Driving and the Built Environment.”  He has been an Executive Committee Member for the National Center for Sustainable Transportation since 2014. He has been principal investigator on over 1.8 million dollars of funded research, supported by agencies that include the U.S. and California Departments of Transportation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Policy Research Center, the California Air Resources Board, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Spears, S., Boarnet, M., & Houston, D. (2017). Driving reduction after the introduction of light rail transit: Evidence from an experimental-control group evaluation of the Los Angeles Expo Line. Urban Studies54(12), 2780–2799.

Boarnet, M., & Hsu, H. (2015). The Gender Gap in Non-Work Travel: The Relative Roles of Income Earning Potential and Land Use. Journal of Urban Economics, 86, 111-127.

Houston, D., Boarnet, M., Ferguson, G., & Spears, S. (2015). Can Compact Rail Transit Corridors Transform the Automobile City? Planning for more Sustainable Travel in Los Angeles. Urban Studies, 52(5), 938-959.

Nixon, H., Boarnet, M., Houston, D., & Spears, S. (2015). Changes in Transit Use and Service and Associated Changes in Driving near a New Light Rail Transit Line, MTI Report 12-44. Mineta Transportation Institute Publications.

Boarnet, M. (2014). National Transportation Planning: Lessons from the U.S. Interstate Highways. Transport Policy, 31, 73-82.

Chen, A., Boarnet, M., & Partridge, M. (2014). Regional Competition, Agglomeration, and Housing Markets in China. Journal of Regional Science, 54(4), 547-549.

Houston, D., Luong, T. T., & Boarnet, M. (2014). Tracking Daily Travel; Assessing Discrepancies between GPS-Derived and Self-Reported Travel Patterns. Transportation Research Part C: Emerging Technologies, 48, 97-108.

Van Wee, B., Boarnet, M. (2014). Reaction to the Paper Tempest in a Teapot: The Exaggerated Problem of Transport-Related Residential Self-Selection as a Source of Error in Empirical Studies. Journal of Transport and Land Use, 7(3), 81-86.

Boarnet, M. (2013). The Declining Role of the Automobile and the Re‐Emergence of Place in Urban Transportation: The Past will be Prologue. Regional Science Policy & Practice, 5(2), 237-253.

Boarnet, M., Spears, S., & Houston, D. (2013). Illuminating the Unseen in Transit Use: A Framework for Examining the Effect of Attitudes and Perceptions on Travel Behavior. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 58, 40-53.

Boarnet, M. (2013). The Transportation Transformation of Our Cities Will Be More Important Than Density Changes. Cityscape15(3), 175–178.

Pan, H., Bartolome, C., Gutierrez, E., Princevac, M., Edwards, R., Boarnet, M., & Houston, D. (2013). Investigation of Roadside Fine Particulate Matter Concentration Surrounding Major Arterials in Five Southern Californian Cities. Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 63(4), 482-498.

Boarnet, M. (2012). Frontiers in Land Use and Travel Research. In R. Crane, & R. Weber (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning (pp. 634). New York: Oxford University Press.

Boarnet, M. (2012). Regional Planning in Southern California. In D. Sloane (Ed.), Planning Los Angeles (pp. 147). Chicago: American Planning Association Press.

Joh, K., Nguyen, M. T., & Boarnet, M. (2012). Can Built and Social Environmental Factors Encourage Walking among Individuals with Negative Walking Attitudes? Journal of Planning Education and Research, 32(2), 219-236.

Partridge, M., Boarnet, M., Brakman, S., & Ottaviano, G. (2012). Introduction: Whither Spatial Econometrics? Journal of Regional Science, 52(2), 167-171.

Salon, D., Boarnet, M., Handy, S., Spears, S., & Tal, G. (2012). How do Local Actions affect VMT? A Critical Review of the Empirical Evidence. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 17(7), 495-508.

Boarnet, M. (2011). A Broader Context for Land Use and Travel Behavior, and a Research Agenda. Journal of the American Planning Association, 77(3), 197-213.

Boarnet, M., Forsyth, A., Day, K., & Oakes, J. M. (2011). The Street Level Built Environment and Physical Activity and Walking: Results of a Predictive Validity Study for the Irvine Minnesota Inventory. Environment and Behavior, 43(6), 735-775.

Boarnet, M., Joh, K., Siembab, W., Fulton, W., & Mai Thi Nguyen. (2011). Retrofitting the Suburbs to Increase Walking: Evidence from a Land-use-Travel Study. Urban Studies48(1), 129–159.

Boarnet, M., Houston, D., Edwards, R., Princevac, M., Ferguson, G., Pan, H., & Bartolome, C. (2011). Fine Particulate Concentrations on Sidewalks in Five Southern California Cities. Atmospheric Environment, 45(24), 4025-4033.

Boarnet, M., & Takahashi, L. (2011) Interactions between Urban Design and Public Health. In T. Banerjee, & A. Loukaitou-Sideris (Eds.), Companion to Urban Design (pp. 198). New York: Routledge.

Boarnet, M., Houston, D., Ferguson, G., & Spears, S. (2010). Land Use and Vehicle Miles of Travel in the Climate Change Debate: Getting Smarter than Your Average Bear. In Y. Hong, & G. Ingram (Eds.), Climate Change and Land Policies (pp. 151). Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Boarnet, M. (Ed.). (2009). Transportation Infrastructure: The Challenges of Rebuilding America. Chicago: American Planning Association.

Carruthers, J., Boarnet, M., & McLaughlin, R. (2007). Growth Management and the Spatial Outcome of Regional Development in Florida, 1982 – 1997. In C. E. Connerly, T. S. Chapin & H. T. Higgins (Eds.), Growth Management in Florida: Planning for Paradise (pp. 101). Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing.

Boarnet, M., & Takahashi, L. (2005). Bridging the Divide between Urban Health and Urban Planning. In S. Galea, & D. Vlahov (Eds.), Handbook of Urban Health: Populations, Methods, and Practice (CSZA Ed.). New York: Springer.

Medda, F., & Boarnet, M. (2005). An Analysis of the Effects of Urban Land Use on Transportation. In K. Donaghy, S. Poppelreuater & G. Rudinger (Eds.), Social Dimensions of Sustainable Transport: Transatlantic Perspectives (pp. 127). Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing.

Boarnet, M., & Crane, R. (2001). Travel by design : the influence of urban form on travel . New York, New York: Oxford University Press.


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