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Amber Woodburn, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, City and Regional Planning Section
278 Knowlton Hall

Amber Woodburn, Ph.D., joined The Ohio State University in Fall 2016 as an Assistant Professor in the City and Regional Planning section of the Knowlton School. She also holds a joint appointment with the Center for Aviation Studies. Broadly, her work encompasses topics in infrastructure planning, data analytics, environmental impacts of transportation, and aviation.

Her education background includes a BS (UC Berkeley, 2009) and MS (UT Knoxville, 2013) in Civil Engineering and a PhD (University of Pennsylvania, 2016) in City and Regional Planning, all with an emphasis on transportation systems. Notably, Dr. Woodburn received a $100,000 Eisenhower fellowship from the US Department of Transportation, a $10,000 research award from the Airport Cooperative Research Program, and was selected as an Eno Transportation fellow while completing her graduate studies.

Her professional background includes 2 years (2009-2011) as an engineer with the Federal Highway Administration in the US Department of Transportation. As a Civil Engineer, Dr. Woodburn contributed to the design and construction of federal roads and assisted with federal and environmental oversight during project delivery. During this experience, she partnered and collaborated with state and local transportation agencies at multiple locations throughout the United States.

Dr. Woodburn’s research activity includes spatial-statistical analysis of transportation systems as well as qualitative analysis of NEPA planning documents that disclose the environmental impacts of transportation projects. Specifically, she is interested in investigating social equity concerns for airport-adjacent communities and project evaluation methods for global aviation infrastructure planning.


Recent Work

Manage Flight Demand or Build Airport Capacity?

Dr. Woodburn’s research contributes to a body of work that evaluates modern airports in an urban context to provide insight on how the next century of airport development can sustainably integrate with urban regions. Her work offers a basis for inquiries into the relationship between airport infrastructure, airport-adjacent communities, and airport-centric activity centers. The featured publication in UC Connect’s ACCESS magazine is adapted from an article published in the Journal of the American Planning Association.