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Tom Sanchez / Virginia Tech

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
February 14, 2018 - 5:30pm

Tom Sanchez will present a lecture entitled "Transport in Smart Cities: The Route to Equity?" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 14. The talk is free and open to the public. Sanchez is Professor and Chair of the School of Public & International Affairs in the College of Architecture and Urban Stduies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Rapid changes in technology hold great promise for cities and regions around the world. This is especially true for critical infrastructure such as those supporting transport systems. How can “smarter” data collection, connectivity, and overall intelligence optimize transport mobility and access?  And what will be the role of equity and fairness in future cities? Big challenges lay ahead for urban planners.

Sanchez conducts research in the areas of transportation, civil rights, environmental justice, and other social aspects of urban planning and policy. His research over the past 20 years has resulted in over 100 articles, reports, and conference presentations on these topics. While a Nonresident Senior Fellow for the Brookings Institution, he authored several publications about how Metropolitan Planning Organizations address environmental justice in their transportation planning practices.

Sanchez currently serves as the editor-in-chief of Housing Policy Debate, a leading journal on the topics of housing and community development policy. In 2012 he co-authored, Planning as if People Matter: Governing for Social Equity (Island Press) with Marc Brenman. In 2007 they co-authored The Right to Transportation: Moving to Equity (American Planning Association). Also in 2007, he co-authored The Social Impacts of Urban Containment (Ashgate) with Arthur C. Nelson and Casey J. Dawkins. Sanchez earned his PhD in City Planning from Georgia Tech in 1996.