Manish Shirgaokar

Manish Shirgaokar PhD, AICP

Assistant Professor
  • Urban and Regional Planning Department

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the College of Architecture and Planning. My research and teaching are centered on transportation and social equity. I teach seminar and lab-based courses in transportation planning/policy, data analytics, and geographic information systems at the University of Colorado Denver. As a scholar, I focus on how transportation systems help or hinder the mobility of disadvantaged groups such as older adults, women, immigrants, and low-income households. I work on topics in the United States, India, and Canada.

I have been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) of the American Planning Association (APA) since 2014. Before joining academia I worked as a private sector consultant in India (2005-07; 1997-99) and at the Institute of Transportation Studies, Berkeley, CA (2003-05).

Prior to starting this position at CU Denver, I was an assistant professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Over the 4.5 years I spent in Canada, I taught and supervised research students in Planning, Geography, and Transportation Engineering in classroom/seminar, studio, and lab-based settings.

I am the 2017 recipient of the Emerging Scholar Award of the Regional Development and Planning Speciality Group of the American Association of Geographers.

Areas of Expertise

Travel behavior, transportation technologies, disadvantaged groups, social equity aspects of infrastructure policy, land use/transportation connection

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • Ph.D., City & Regional Planning - University of California, Berkeley (2012)  
  • MCP/ M. ARCH, City & Regional Planning / Architecture - University of California, Berkeley (2002)  
  • B.ARCH, Architecture - Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, India (1998)


  • Urban Policy Analytics (URPL 6225)
  • GIS for Urban Planning (URPL 6250)
  • Transportation, Land Use, and the Environment (URPL 6555)
  • Transit, Pedestrian, and Bicycle Planning (URPL 6560)


Current research projects:

  1. Will older Californians step into ride-sharing services? Evaluating the potential of Transportation Network Companies (Lyft, Uber, etc.) to enhance multimodal travel for seniors
  2. Well-to-tailpile CO2 emissions by fuel and vehicle type: Understanding light-vehicle daily emissions in the United States
  3. Tracing the geography of fatalities from policing in the United States: What do transportation-related incidents tell us?
  4. Socialization, work-place culture, and travel mode choice in Canadian women and men