Arlie Adkins is an Assistant Professor with appointments in CAPLA's School of Landscape Architecture and Planning and the Health Promotion Sciences Department within the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. His research focuses on understanding the interconnectedness of transportation equity, affordable housing, and public health. He has a PhD from Portland State University and a master’s degree in city planning from UC Berkeley. He teaches transportation planning, planning theory, and the planning master's capstone studio. He is currently a co-PI of the CDC-funded Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN+) collaborating center at UA. Dr. Adkins previously worked in the planning department at TriMet (the transit agency for the Portland, Oregon region) and for Flexcar, a pioneer of carsharing in North America.

Research topics include:

- Transportation system health and safety disparities

- Applicability of standard measures of walkability in different socioeconomic contexts

- The role of affordable housing in providing access to neighborhoods that support active transportation and physical activity

His research has been funded by the Federal Highway Administration, National Institute for Transportation and Communities, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


July 2017 Article published in Journal of the American Planning Association: Contextualizing Walkability: Do Relationships Between Built Environments and Walking Vary by Socioeconomic Context?

October 2016 - Article published in Housing Policy Debate with Gary Pivo and Drew Sanderford: How Location Efficient is LIHTC? Measuring and Explaining State Level Achievement

April 15, 2016 - Article published in Housing Policy Debate with Andree Tremoulet and Ryan Dann: Moving to Location Affordability? Housing Choice Vouchers and Residential Relocation in the Portland, Oregon, Region.

Nov. 1, 2015 - Dr. Adkins recently co-led a study on racial bias in driver stopping behavior at crosswalks that is now published in Transportation Research Park F: Traffic Psychology and Behavior and is receiving national media attention from sources like The Washington Post, The Atlantic's City Lab, NBC News, The Huffington Post, and The Boston Globe.

Selected publications:

Goddard, Tara, Kahn, Kimberly, & Adkins, Arlie. (2015). Racial bias in driver yielding behavior at crosswalks. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 33, 1–6.

Adkins, Arlie, Jennifer Dill, Gretchen Luhr, and Margaret Neal. "Unpacking Walkability: Testing the Influence of Urban Design Features on Perceptions of Walking Environment Attractiveness." Journal of Urban Design 17, no. 4 (2012): 499-510.

Cervero, Robert, Arlie Adkins, and Cathleen Sullivan. "Are Suburban TODs Over-Parked?" Journal of Public Transportation 13, no. 2 (2010).



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