Nicole Iroz-Elardo

Assistant Research Professor of Planning

School of Landscape Architecture and Planning
Urban Planning
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Areas of Expertise

  • Planning
  • Public health
  • Transportation
  • Equity

Nicole Iroz-Elardo is an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Landscape Architecture and Planning. Cross-trained in planning and public health, her research focuses on how to plan healthier and more equitable communities. Dr. Iroz-Elardo has a PhD in Urban Studies from Portland State University. Her doctoral research investigated the extent to which Health Impact Assessment provided an additional participation avenue for vulnerable communities in transportation planning processes. She has previously worked for Urban Design 4 Health, Inc., Oregon Health Authority, and Battelle Memorial Institute. At each, she specialized in translating cutting-edge research into practitioner tools to increase the suite of information upon which decisions - public and private - are made.

Current research interests include

  • understanding the trade-offs between dense environments, physical activity, environmental exposures, and affordable housing;
  • monetizing the health impacts of transportation and land use decisions;
  • re-conceptualizing walkability to incorporate social and cultural norms;
  • managing parking to not over-incentivize vehicular travel;
  • investigating the implications of personal heat exposure on public physical activity, particularly in high heat outdoor environments; and
  • introducing e-scooters safely into the urban landscape.

Dr. Iroz-Elardo teaches several courses throughout the year including:

  • Planning 514 - Planning Methods (Co-taught with Currans)
  • SBE 195A - Introduction to Sustainable Built Environments
  • SBE 195B - Careers in Sustainable Built Environments
  • Planning 211 - Equitable Cities: Gender, Sex, and Race