Serena Alexander, PhD

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Serena Alexander joined the SJSU faculty in 2016 as an Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning. Her primary research interests are in the areas of environmental planning, climate action, land-use and transportation planning, community economic development, and sustainable urbanism. Much of her work is targeted toward practitioners interested in the dynamics of plan implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Examples of her recent research include evaluation of local and state level climate action plans, evaluation of local freight emission reduction strategies, and the potential impacts of autonomous vehicles and on-demand mobility on greenhouse gas emissions. Dr Alexander has worked with many multidisciplinary teams and aims at bridging the gap between technical knowledge, policy decisions and community values. Before joining the SJSU faculty, Dr Alexander conducted community economic development and environmental policy research at the Center for Economic Development and the Great Lakes Environmental Finance Center at Cleveland State University, where she also received her doctorate in Urban Studies, specializing in urban policy and development. She holds master’s degrees in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and Architecture from the Azad University of Tehran, with a specialization in urban design. Additionally, Dr Alexander has more than six years of experience working as a planning and urban design practitioner.

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