I am a social scientist and urban planner interested in the politics of urban development. My research uses transportation and land use as a window into the (dis)functions of society, paying particular attention to the equity issues of urban infrastructure investment and land use regulation processes in American cities.

I have worked for community and non-profit organizations, academic institutions and as an independent consultant. I am currently on the faculty of the University of North Texas, as one of the inaugural faculty for the Bachelor’s of Arts in Urban Planning and Policy. I can be reached at Lauren.Fischer@unt.edu.

Professional Affiliations and Activities:

Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning 

American Association of Geographers

Center for Critical Transport Studies (founding member)

Scientists for National and International Peace and Security

Center for Sustainable Urban Development, Earth Institute

Volvo Research and Education Foundation

National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow

Transportation Research Board