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Jennifer Evans-Cowley, AICP, PhD

  • Profesor and Vice Provost for Capital Planning and Regional Campuses, City and Regional Planning Section

Jennifer Evans-Cowley, Ph.D., AICP, is the Vice Provost for Capital Planning and Regional Campuses and a professor of city and regional planning at the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. Evans-Cowley has more than 15 years of planning experience, including roles in academia, professional practice, and elected office. She most recently served as the associate dean of academic affairs and administration for the College of Engineering. Previous she was head of city and regional planning section where she was responsible for launching a new bachelor’s program in city and regional planning. Her research regularly appears in planning journals and she is the author of four Planning Advisory Service Reports for the American Planning Association. Evans-Cowley speaks at planning conferences across the United States and internationally, addressing the importance of technology in city planning. She served as the Chair of the Technology Division of the American Planning Association between 2010 and 2012. In 2011, she was named among the top 25 leading thinkers and innovators in the field of Urban Planning and Technology by, a public-interest information exchange for planners and designers. Evans-Cowley has a BS in Political Science and a Master of Urban Planning from Texas A&M University, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Texas. Her PhD in Urban and Regional Science is from Texas A&M University.

Evans-Cowley’s research has been supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Battelle Endowment for Technology and Human Affairs and the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis. In addition to her research, Evans-Cowley established the Planning Education at a Distance program and has gone on to teach a popular Massive Open Online Course, Technicity.

Selected Publications

Evans-Cowley, J. S., & Griffin, G. (2012). Microparticipation with Social Media for Community Engagement in Transportation Planning. Transportation Research Record (2307), 90-98.


Evans-Cowley, J. S. (2010). Planning in the age of Facebook: the role of social networking in planning processes. GeoJournal, 75(5), 407-420.


Evans-Cowley, J., & Hollander, J. (2010). The new generation of public participation: Internet-based participation tools. Planning, Practice & Research, 25(3), 397-408.


Conroy, M. M., & Evans-Cowley, J. (2006). E-participation in planning: an analysis of cities adopting on-line citizen participation tools. Environment and Planning C-Government and Policy, 24(3), 371-384.