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CSSD Names New Director


Center for Sustainable Suburban Development Names New Director

Economist Anil Deolalikar will lead the UC Riverside center that studies issues related to the growth and development of suburbs around the world.

(September 10, 2009)

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Anil B. Deolalikar, UC Riverside professor of economics and associate dean of social sciences in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS), has been appointed director of the university’s Center for Sustainable Suburban Development (CSSD).

He succeeds David Swanson, UCR professor of sociology, who has served as the center’s interim director since Jan. 1, 2008.

Deolalikar also serves as director of the CHASS Public Policy Initiative that launched plans for establishing a School of Public Policy at UCR. The new professional school, approved by the UC Regents in September 2008, plans to conduct research and train future policy-makers in a range of social-policy issues, including those related to population growth, environmental policy and immigration.

His research focuses on the analysis and evaluation of public policies in the area of economic reforms, education- and health-sector reform, and sustainability. He has conducted his research in a number of countries in Asia, Africa and Europe.

“It is very exciting for me to be part of CSSD – a center that brings UCR expertise to bear on problems affecting our region,” Deolalikar said. “For instance, since last year the center has been offering a course, in collaboration with UCR Extension, that is designed for mid-career policy professionals working in the areas of managing air quality, transportation, housing density, water, regional planning and public finance. The center also has an active seminar series on topics of sustainable development in the Inland Empire that is well attended by the community.”

The Center for Sustainable Suburban Development recently received a $2.3 million, University of California Multi-Campus Research Programs and Initiatives award to build a virtual interactive laboratory - a "co-laboratory" - for policy analysis in the Greater Los Angeles region. The project brings together a team of scholars from three UC campuses: economists, demographers and environmental engineers from UCR, geographers from UCSB, and urban planners from UC Berkeley, as well as policymakers from the region, to work on urban, transportation and environmental policy issues affecting Southern California. The five-year grant begins Jan. 1.

The project is centered around the application of the RELU-TRAN (Regional Economy, Land Use and Transportation) model, a computable economic general equilibrium model solvable on the computer, to the Greater Los Angeles region. RELU-TRAN was developed by Alex Anas, professor of economics at the State University of New York at Buffalo, under his prior research awards from the National Science Foundation and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Anas will participate in the project as a professional researcher affiliated with UCR.

“The appointment of Anil Deolalikar will ensure the continued success of the center, and his experience in both international and regional arenas will be quite invaluable for the policy focus of the center on the wide range of issues the suburbs confront,” said Vice Chancellor for Research Charles Louis, to whom the CSSD reports.

The Edward J. Blakely Center for Sustainable Suburban Development was established in 2003 for the study of all issues related to the growth and development of suburbs around the world. The center was founded with a gift from Ali Sahabi, president of SE Corp. in Corona.

Deolalikar has been a professor of economics at UCR since 2002. He previously was a professor of economics and of international studies at the University of Washington-Seattle, assistant professor of economics at the University of Pennsylvania, and visiting assistant professor at Harvard University. He also has held visiting appointments at the World Bank.

He earned a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in economics at Harvard University in 1977, a diploma in economics from Cambridge University (U.K.) in 1978 and a Ph.D. in economics at Stanford University in 1981. He also was a postdoctoral research fellow in economic demography at Yale University in 1980-81.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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