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Carolyn McAndrews, Ph.D.

RWJF Health & Society Scholar:

Urban Planning, Public Policy/Administration, Transportation Engineering

Area(s) of Expertise:
Health, Safety and Security in Cities, Transportation and Land Use, Planning and Policy, Environmental and Social Impacts of Transportation, Comparative International Planning, Mexican Transportation and Urbanization



Carolyn McAndrews’ research agenda focuses on how planning and policy communities bring health, safety, and environmental considerations into transportation and land use decision-making and design.  The objective of her research is to understand how a combination of political and technological factors shape transportation systems, and how planners can help create the institutional contexts that support more sustainable and socially just urban development.   

In past and current research, Dr. McAndrews has examined these questions in the following contexts: 

  • How community participation and neighborhood design can introduce health and safety ideas into the design and function of arterial roads so that arterials can be better neighbors while serving regional transportation demands. 
  • How people organize multi-disciplinary policy and planning communities to address the multiple determinants of health. 
  •  How climate change considerations and motorization influence transportation, land use, and urban development policies in Latin America. 
  • How to reduce road safety disparities through transportation and land use interventions, particularly the protection of pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vulnerable road users.
  • How media-based research methods such as participatory photo mapping and video can be used to create and communicate research about streets and neighborhood places. 

Dr. McAndrews was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2010 to 2012.

Click HERE to view Dr. McAndrew's webpage

Journal Articles:
Click here for a list of Carolyn McAndrews' available publications in PubMed.