Assistant Professor
Fellow of Hampton K. and Margaret Frye Snell Endowed Chair in Transportation

Gian-Claudia Sciara is Assistant Professor of Community and Regional Planning.  She researches and writes about transportation and land use decisionmaking in intergovernmental contexts, and regional institutions are a longstanding focus of her work. 
Her current research studies implementation of California’s Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008 (SB 375), which asks regional planning organizations to integrate land use and transportation in order to reduce auto reliance and greenhouse gas emissions.  She is also examining how transportation funding structures support or undermine sustainability objectives.   
Dr. Sciara’s publications have appeared in journals such as the Journal of the American Planning AssociationTransportation Research Part A: Policy & Practice, Research in Transportation Economics, and the Journal of Land Use and Transportation.  Her scholarship has examined the potential for required environmental mitigation to enhance regional land conservation; regional strategies for transportation funding; and the impacts of Congressional earmarks on metropolitan and state transportation planning.  
Dr. Sciara earned a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA, and a B.A. from Columbia University.  She is an AICP certified city planner who served in the private, public and non-profit sectors prior to pursuing graduate studies.  Before joining The University of Texas at Austin, she held a research appointment at the University of California-Davis Institute of Transportation Studies from 2010-2016.


  • PhD, City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley
  • MA, Urban Planning, UCLA
  • BA, Columbia University
  • Transportation governance and finance
  • Regional transportation and land use planning
  • Active transportation
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