Jason Corburn

associate professor, city and regional planning

Jason Corburn is an associate professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and School of Public Health. He directs the Institute of Urban and Regional Development and the Center for Global Healthy Cities at UC Berkeley. He also coordinates the joint Master of City Planning and Master of Public Health degree program at UC Berkeley. Corburn's research focuses on the links between environmental health and social justice in cities, notions of expertise in science-based policy making, and the role of local knowledge in addressing environmental and public-health problems. His research and practice work to build partnerships between urban residents, professional scientists and decision-makers in order to collaboratively generate policy and planning solutions that improve the qualities of cities and the well-being of residents, particularly the poor and people of color. Corburn is currently a leader of the Richmond Health Equity Partnership, a coalition that includes the City of Richmond, Calif., the Contra Costa County Public Health Department, West County Unified School District and a number of non-profit organizations, all working to reduce health inequities in Richmond. Corburn also co-leads a participatory planning team working to improve the lives of residents in the Mathare slum of Nairobi, Kenya, and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to evaluate the health impacts of policies and programs focused on improving conditions in favelas. Corburn is the author of Street Science: Community Knowledge and Environmental Health Justice (MIT Press, 2005); Toward the Healthy City: People, Places, and the Politics of Urban Planning (MIT Press, 2009); Healthy City Planning: From Neighbourhood to National Health Equity (Routledge, 2013); and Healthy Cities: Critical Concepts in the Built Environment (Routledge, 2015).