Environment and Society

green bus in Denali National ParkResearch at The University of Alabama in urban, regional, and environmental planning includes exploring problems related to housing, conflicting land uses, ecotourism, environmental management, transportation planning, economic development in rural and urban areas, regional planning, exclusionary zoning, and third world planning issues.

Recent research projects have focused on the assessment and mediation of environmental impacts, health and nutrition in the developing world, and regional economic development.

Academic Programs

Students enrolled in our undergraduate programs can choose environment and society as an area of concentration, meaning that they will complete at least 12 hours of coursework in urban, regional, and environmental planning; regional geography; and cultural geography.

Students enrolled in our graduate program can also choose to concentrate in environment and society. The concentration requires 12 hours of coursework from a list of designated courses.

Edmund Pettus bridge

This area of concentration addresses the need for training in urban, regional, and environmental analysis and planning; location theory; and environmental impact assessment. Students are exposed to current environmental issues and policies.

Affiliated Faculty

The following faculty members conduct research and teach courses in environment and society: