Jennifer Evans-Cowley, Ph.D., AICP, is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Administration for the College of Engineering and a professor of city and regional planning at the Knowlton School. 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 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, addressing the importance of technology in 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 Planetizen.com, 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 has established the Planning Education at a Distance program, which is the leading model nationally for distance-based continuing education in the planning field.
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.