David has 19 years of experience helping maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of transportation on the local, state, and national level. He is a scholar whose research focuses on the connections between climate change, transportation, and the built environment. David is affiliated with Metro Analytics to help migrate cutting-edge research into practical applications with municipal clients. David brings deep expertise in developing applied research methods to evaluate transportation policy evaluation and implementation. David’s background in media and communication also helps him translate complex scientific research into actionable policy. He employs mixed methods in his research, from advanced statistical analysis to in-depth interviews and facilitated public engagement.
- Ph.D. in Metropolitan Planning, Policy + Design with a focus on urban environmental policy and transportation planning, City + Metropolitan Planning Department, University of Utah (expected, Summer 2020)
- Master of Urban & Environmental Planning, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University (2011)
- B.A. in Literature, Department of English, Arizona State University (1998)
Licences and Certifications
- American Institute of Certified Planners
- Public Engagement from the International Association for Public Participation (IAPP)
- Fulbright Scholar, Pune, India – Urban Heat Island
- Practicing planner at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management with a focus on NEPA compliance, 2009 – 2011
- Professional journalist, 1997 – 2009
Skills & Specialisations
David Proffitt: David Proffitt has more than two decades of experience studying urban and natural systems. He first developed an interest in the way cities grow and change while working as a journalist covering government, business, and arts and culture for The Arizona Republic and other national media outlets, and he has worked with Dr. Reid Ewing at the University of Utah since 2012. A major focus of David’s work is identifying best practices for sustainable development, particularly how communities build resilience to the shifts in natural, economic, and human systems caused by climate change. His background in media and communication helps him translate complex scientific research into actionable policy. He has managed and carried out evaluations of sustainability-focused policies ranging from urban-development strategies to reduce the urban heat islands, to pioneering state laws in California and Oregon designed to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from driving. He employs mixed methods in his research, from advanced statistical analysis to in-depth interviews and facilitated public engagement. David is affiliated with Metro Analytics to help migrate cutting-edge research into practical application with municipal clients
- Qualitative analysis using Nvivo.
- Spatial analysis using ArcGIS.
- Statistical analysis using R, SPSS, and Excel.
- Microclimate modeling using ENVI-met.
- Web publishing experience using Photoshop, FinalCut Pro, Soundtrack, ePlanning, and HTML.
- 3-D modelling using SketchUp and Google Earth.
- Graphic design using Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign.
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Honours & Awards
- Fellow, Eno Transportation Center Future Leaders Development Conference, 2017
- Nelson Medal for Outstanding Doctoral Scholarship, 2017
- Best thesis presentation, National Transportation and Communities Summit. Sept. 15, 2015. Portland, Ore.
- Member, American Planning Association
- Affiliate, Transportation Research Board
- Member, Women’s Transportation Seminar
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