Daniel Rodriguez

Job title: 
ITS Director and Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning
Institute of Transportation Studies
Institute of Transportation Studies Leadership
City and Regional Planning

Daniel A. Rodríguez is the Director of the Institute for Transportation Studies and the Chancellor’s Professor of City and Regional Planning. His research focuses on the relationship between transportation, land development, and the health and environmental consequences that follow.

A majority of Professor Rodríguez’s work is driven by practical problems and finding solutions for planners and policy-makers. Working with researchers in health, economics, engineering, geography and public policy, he has examined how changes to the physical attributes of the environment, such as the location of bus routes, rail lines, supermarkets and trails, are related to changes in the built environment, individual behavior, health, and air quality. His work also examines how land management tools can be used to encourage transit development and recapture property value increases by public action.

Prior to joining Berkeley, Rodriguez served in the faculty of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he was Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Communities in the Department of City and Regional Planning. He is a faculty fellow of the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, and has been a consultant to the Inter-American Development Bank, Andean Development Bank, and the Clean Air Institute.

Inquiries from prospective doctoral students are welcome. 

For a copy of his CV, please click here.


Best paper of the year, awarded by Risk Analysis, 2015Excellence in Safety Research Poster Award, given by Active Living Research and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in conjunction with the CDC National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (with Bushell, M., Poole, B., and Zeeger, C.), San Diego, CATransportation Research Board’s Fred Burggraf Award recognizing excellence in transportation research by researchers 35 years of age or younger, 2000.


PhD University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2000

MS in Transportation., MIT, 1996

BS, Business Administration, Fordham University, 1994

Research interests: 

Transportation Policy and Planning and Environmental Planning and Healthy Cities.

Current projects include:

-Examining the mortality consequences of past extreme heat events; whether greenspaces and air pollution ameliorate or exacerbate those effects; and how mortality will change as heat events increase under high and low global emissions scenarios for the midcentury.

-Impacts of land development and transportation policies on urban health and urban inequalities in medium to large Latin American cities. See project description here.

-Effectiveness of cyclist education programs on cycling safety. See a policy brief here, a knowledge synthesis here, and a research report here.

-Validating cyclists’ level of traffic stress indicators with user crowdsourced data, and comparing agreement across widely used indicators. See report here and research brief here.



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