Austin Troy

Austin Troy

Professor & Chair of Urban and Regional Planning Department
  • Urban and Regional Planning Department

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Primary Phone: 303-315-1006

I am a Professor of urban planning and the Chair of the Department of Planning and Design at the University of Colorado, Denver. I address issues at the intersection of urban planning and environmental sustainability using spatial analytic tools.  I authored The Very Hungry City (Yale University Press, 2012), which looks at the determinants of urban energy consumption, what makes some cities more efficient than others, and what rising global energy prices will mean for cities. Prior to CU Denver, I was on the faculty of the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resource for 12 years, where I am still an Adjunct Professor. While at UVM, I was Director of the Transportation Research Center and of the Spatial Analysis Lab.

For the last 11 years I have been a co-principal investigator of the National Science Foundation’s Baltimore Ecosystem Study where I focus on studying the spatial distribution and benefits of urban “green infrastructure,” characterizing urbanization patterns, and developing new GIS and remote sensing methodologies for mapping and characterizing heterogeneous urban environments. In addition to his academic position, I am also Principal and Co-founder of Spatial Informatics Group, LLC, an environmental consulting firm that focuses on applying advanced spatial technology to complex planning and environment problems, including provision of ecosystem services and wildfire management in the urban interface. I am also an Associate Editor for two journals, Ecosystem Health and Sustainability and Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment. I was educated at Yale College (B.A.), Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (M.F.), and University of California Berkeley (Ph.D.) and also served for as a planning commissioner for Burlington VT for four years.

Most Recent Courses:

  • Natural and Built Environments
  • Advanced Geo-Spatial Methods
  • Environmental Management

Areas of Expertise

Land use policy, environmental planning, GIS, spatial analysis, remote sensing, green infrastructure planning

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD, Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. Dissertation Title: Natural Hazard Policy and the Land Market: An Assessment of the Effects of the California Natural Hazard Disclosure Law.

  • Master of Forestry, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. 

  • BA, Anthropology, Yale University.