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Kate Lowe

Kate Lowe, PhD

Visiting Assistant Professor of Planning and Urban Studies;
Milneburg Hall
, Room 390
Phone: 504-280-6029


Kate Lowe received her PhD from Cornell University in 2011. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Planning and Urban Studies Department at the University of New Orleans. Her mixed-methods research focuses on transportation policy and planning, as well as multi-level governance. She received fellowship funds from the United States Department of Transportation and the Clarence S. Stein Institute to support her dissertation research. Her dissertation analyzes how metropolitan planning organizations, state actors, and the Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts program affect transit implementation. She is part of an ongoing research team examining regional governance and transit infrastructure investment in fast-growth regions. In addition, she is analyzing the links between policy and transit agency finance, while developing research on the accessibility and mobility patterns of low-income workers.

Lowe, K. Neighborhood, city, or region: Deconstructing scale in planning frames. (forthcoming) Berkeley Planning Journal, 24, Accepted.Pendall, R., Gainsborough, J., Lowe, K. & Nguygen, M. (forthcoming in 2011)

Bringing equity to transit-oriented development: Stations, systems, and regional resilience. Urban and Regional Policy and its Effects, Volume 4. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.Ross, L., Downs, T.J., Tejani, A., Dezan, R. & Lowe, K. (2010).

Trust, preparation and transparency: Negotiating roles in youth-adult partnerships. Emancipatory practices: Adult/youth engagement for social and environmental justice.Linds, W., Goulet, L. & Sammel, A. (eds.), Sense Publishers.

Downs, T.J. Ross, L., Patton, S., Rulnick, S., Sinha, D., Mucciarone, D., Calvache, M., Parmenter, S., Subedi, R., Wysokenski, D., Anderson, E., Dezan, R., Lowe, K., Bowen, J., Tejani, A., Piersanti, K., Taylor, O. & Goble, R. (2009).Complexities of holistic community-based participatory research for a low income, multi-ethnic population exposed to multiple built-environment stressors in Worcester, Massachusetts. Environmental Research, 109(8), 1028-1040.

Competing arenas and bypasses: Institutional contexts for equitable regional transportation planning. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning’s (ACSP) Annual Conference, October 9, 2010, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Equity and transit-oriented development: Sites, lines and systems. Partners in Innovation: Including Affordable and Workforce Housing within TOD. September 27, 2010 Denver, Colorado.

Examining federal funding and local factors through FTA’s New Starts program. Transportation Research Board's 4th International Conference on Financing Surface Transportation

Introduction to Transportation Studies University of New Orleans, Fall 2011.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Urban Transportation in the United States Cornell University, Fall 2008

Eisenhower Graduate Fellowship, US Department of Transportation (2009-2010, 2010-2011)

Transportation Research Board Finance Committee student travel award (2010)

Clarence Stein Institute Graduate Fellowship (2009-2010)