UIL PhD student Greg Griffin successfully defended his dissertation "Sociotechnical Co-production of Planning Information: Opportunities and Limits of Crowdsourcing for the Geography and Planning of Bicycle Transportation" on April 26, 2019. His dissertation committee includes: Drs. Junfeng Jiao (Chair), Sandi Rosenbloom, Ming Zhang, Matt Lease, and Keri Stephens.
His dissertation explored the application of Urban Informatics in urban planning. It combines pragmatic and constructivist approaches to evaluate the use of information from smartphones to improve bicycle planning. He applies this new approach to improving safety for bicyclists, potential as a collaborative technology for megaregional planning, and how different groups socially construct the concept of crowdsourcing for planning.
Greg will join the urban planning program at the University of Texas at San Antonio as a tenure track assistant professor, Fall 2019.