Carrie Makarewicz

Carrie Makarewicz PhD

Assistant Professor
  • Urban and Regional Planning Department

Email Address:

Primary Phone: 303-315-1008

Office Hours: Tuesdays: 1:30p ā€“ 3:00pā€‹

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Planning & Design in the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver. My research focuses on community and economic development, and the consequences for human development and well-being. Specific studies in this area include the impact of urban systems on parent engagement and school quality; strategies to include equity in transit developments; estimating transportation costs for households; national policy on surface, rail and air connectivity; and business location decisions. I am currently conducting research on long-term household recovery from the 2013 Colorado floods and am engaged in ongoing studies on the interaction between urban systems and parent engagement, neighborhood sustainability strategies, and the concept of location efficiency.

Prior to undertaking doctoral studies, I worked as a practicing planner and researcher in various organizations in Chicago, including the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development and Office of Management and Budget, and the Center for Neighborhood Technology. Since 2008, I have been a technical advisor to STAR Communities, a national rating system to provide sustainability and assessment tools for local governments. I received a B.B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, a M.U.P.P. from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

Recent Courses:
  • Regional Planning
  • Transit Planning
  • Urban Development
  • Planning Project Studio
  • Greece Summer Studio on Sustainable Tourism Planning
  • Improving K-12 Student Outcomes through an interdisciplinary lens (cross-listed with School of Public Affairs and School of Education and Human Development)

Areas of Expertise

Community development, sustainable economic development strategies, transport equity, regional planning, urban school reform

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD, City & Regional Planning. University of California, Berkeley Dissertation: Examining the influence of the urban environment on caregivers' time, energy and resources for engagement in their children's learning and development.
  • Master of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. University of Illinois-Chicago. Concentrations: Community Development, Economic Development Masters Project: Chicago City Outlook: The city's fiscal condition 1985-2000.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, and Liberal Arts, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor