This fall Ward Lyles will join the Urban Planning faculty as an assistant professor.
He has recently been a post-doctoral research associate at the Center for Sustainable Community Design at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment.
Lyle’s dissertation was entitled, “Stakeholder Network Influences on Local-Level Hazard Mitigation Planning Outputs.” He explains, “Because reducing long-term risks for hazards is typically the realm of emergency managers who are often not experts in land use planning, I focused on if and how local planners with such expertise could be involved in mitigation planning networks.”
Ward will strengthen the department’s emphasis on sustainability as his work on climate adaptation and planning for resilient communities will contribute to KU’s Strategic Initiative, “Sustaining the Plant, Powering the World.”
His research will also enhance the work of Stacey White, who in addition to being chair of Urban Planning is director of academic programs for KU’s Center for Sustainability.
“We are very excited to have Professor Lyles join us this fall. His research interests and passion for teaching are a terrific fit for our department and KU,” said White.
Lyle’s experience in hazard mitigation also complements associate professor Anne Dunning’s expertise in transportation planning and engineering for natural and human disasters.
Before pursuing academia, Ward was a practicing planner for the non-profit organization 1000 Friends of Wisconsin doing land use, transportation, and environmental planning.
He earned his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Department of City and Regional Planning in August of 2012. He graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Masters in Land Resources, where he wrote his thesis on state regulation of billboards.
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