First RCN-SRN Webinar Series: Decoupling Urban Density’s Benefits and Costs by Prof. Clint Andrews

People Love some aspects of cities and hate others. We may love the excitement and access to jobs, while hating the congestion and pollution, for example. As the proportion of the population living in urban areas continues to rise in every region of the world, it will become more important to seize the benefits of urbanization while avoiding the costs. Yet a key indicator of urbanization, population density, is the focus of intense and ideological debate among those who think about settlement patterns.

This webinar presents recent evidence on the correlates of urban density, the relation between urban density and scale, and the implications for urban sustainability. This research suggests that decoupling the good and bad effects of urban density is feasible if we target specific problems, make multi-level improvements including the design of human-scale features, and encourage the individual agency of urban dwellers.

About the Speaker

Clinton J. Andrews is Professor of Urban Planning and Policy Development, and Associate Dean for Planning and New Initiatives at the Edward J. Bloustein School, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. His research addresses behavioral, policy and planning questions related to energy use in the built environment. He has published over 100 scholarly and popular articles, and his books include Humble Analysis: The Practice of Joint Fact-Finding, Regulating Regional Power Systems, and Industrial Ecology and Global Change. He is co-editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research.

About the RCN-SRN Webinar Series

This is the first in a series of monthly RCN-SRN Online Research Seminar Series, a collaboration aimed at sharing research accomplishments across the Research Coordination Network on Sustainable Cities and the Sustainable Healthy Cities Network. Contact: