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Carla Chifos

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 6280A Daa Addition
Tel: 513-556-4943
Email: carla.chifos@uc.edu

Carla Chifos, Ph.D.,AICP, has interests that include sustainable development, urban environment and international development. Her dissertation research was "Urban neighborhoods and the natural environment: examples from the city of Jakarta". This work was the culmination of three years in Indonesia with funding from the United States Agency for International Development and close collaborations with the Ministry for National Planning. She has continued specializing in Southeast Asia and has carried out research on urban environmental and community development issues in Indonesia as well as in Thailand. Her forthcoming book, co-edited with Ruth Yabes, entitled Southeast Asian Urban Environments: Spontaneous and Structured, will highlight some of her research findings. In addition to this international focus, Dr. Chifos is also pursuing research in the area of sustainable development and how it applies to urban and community development in US cities. The results of her research are being applied to her courses, both seminar and workshop formats, to integrate the concepts of sustainable development, livable communities, smart growth, and eco-cities, into urban and community planning. With relation to these topics she has tried to integrate out-of-class experiences for the students. For example, students in her course "Sustainable Development and the City" attended the "National Town Meeting for Sustainable Development" which was sponsored by the President&39;s Council for Sustainable Development in Detroit, May 1999 and went to Lexington, Kentucky to learn about and see the results of the growth management strategies of Fayette County.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1980 (Major: Environment Health Engineering Minor: Eastern European and Soviet Studies).
  • Master of Community Planning, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1988 (Urban Planning Concentrations: Environmental Planning and Economic Development Thesis: "Development of a Framework for the Description of the Natural Environment for Use in the Environmental Assessment: With Emphasis on the Environmental Impact Computer System").
  • Ph.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1996 (Field of City and Regional Planning Major: Urban and Regional Development Minors: Resource Economics, Quantitative Methods/Policy Analysis Dissertation: "Urban Neighborhoods and the Natural Environment: Examples from the City of Jakarta, Indonesia).

Research Information

Research Interests

Sustainable Development, Climate Change, Cultural Landscapes

Research Support

  • (PI), Chifos, Carla; Romanos, Michael, City of LaGrange Kentucky Economic Development Plan, LaGrange (City of), Ky. (DCA-EDP), $12,000.00. 01/03/2011 to 03/31/2013. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Chifos, Carla, Application of the PLACES Program to a Community, Environmental Protection Agency. (EP-C-11-006/PEG1-53 UC), $49,127.00. 09/30/2011 to 01/15/2013. Status: Completed.
  • (Co-PI), Carla Chifos, Michael Romanos, Elizabeth Bartley, Cultural Led Development Potential in Westwood, Ohio, Madcap Puppets. $20,000. 2013 to 2014. Status: Completed.
  • (Co-PI), Carla Chifos, Rebecca Williamson, Frank Russell, Oliver Parent, Metropolitan Mobility and Energy, Ministry of Culture, France. 200,000 euros. 2011 to 2014. Status: Completed.
  • (Co-PI), Carla Chifos, A. Minai, J. Uber, M. Romanos, L. Liu, Renew of Computational Models for Sustainable Urban Engineering, Center for Sustainable Engineering. $22,000. 2008 to 2009. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Carla Chifos, Heritage Tourism, Sustainable, and the Model of International Heritage Corridors: Two Cases in Quebec, Province of Quebec. $5000. 2007 to 2008. Status: Completed.
  • (Co-PI), Carla Chifos, A. Minai, J. Uber, M. Romanos, L. Liu, Computational Models for Sustainable Urban Engineering, Center for Sustainable Engineering. $44,000. 2006 to 2007. Status: Completed.
  • (Co-PI), Carla Chifos Frank Wray, Models of Transnational Integrated Ecological-Cultural Protection Across the US-Canadian Border, Canadian Embassy Canadian Studies Grant Program. $4900. 2006. Status: Completed.
  • (Co-PI), Carla Chifos, Michael Romanos, Frank Wray, Cinnamon Carlarne, Innovative Models of Sustainable Land Management Regimes for Integrated Heritage Protection Areas, University Research Council Interdisciplinary Grant. $25,000. 2006 to 2008. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Carla Chifos, Linking Regional Sustainable Development and Cultural Heritage Preservation: Case of China, Faculty Research in China- UC|21 Alignment Grant. $3500. 2006. Status: Completed.
  • (Collaborator), M. Suidan, J. Uber, Carla Chifos, many others, Sustainable Urban Engineering Center of Excellence, Consortium of Deans, University and State funding at University of Cincinnati. 2006 to 2009. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Carla Chifos, Quantitative and Qualitative Methods for Analyzing Linkages Between Natural and Human Systems, School of Planning Doctoral Assistantship Program. Graduate Assistant. 2005. Status: Completed.
  • (Consultant), Carla Chifos, Andrea Torrici, The New Metropolis, Ford Foundation. 2004 to 2007. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Carla Chifos, Andrea Torrici, Environmental Implications of Settlement Management Practices: The 'Mediterranean Model' Yesterday and Today, University of Cincinnati Summer Faculty Fellowship. $12,732. 2003. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Carla Chifos, State of the Environment of Hamilton County, Roadway Environmental Initiative Grant. $10,000. 2003 to 2005. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Carla Chifos, Searching for the Environmental Sustainability in the Traditional Villages of Crete, Ophelia Pogue and Richard H. Wheeler DDAP Faculty Trailing Fellowship. $2000. 2002. Status: Completed.
  • (Co-PI), Carla Chifos, Rebecca Williamson, Interdisciplinary Multi-Cultural Learning Experiences: Urbanism, Architecture, and Mobility, UC Forward. $30,000. 2012 to 2016. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Carla Chifos, Rebecca Williamson, Qualitative Research Software, Faculty Development Council. $4500. 2008. Status: Completed.
  • (Co-PI), Carla Chifos, M. Romanos, J. Uber, D. Oether, A. Minai, Building New Faculty Capabilities for Multi-Disciplinar Studies of Sustainable Metropolitan Development, Faculty Development Council. $25,000. 2007. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Carla Chifos, M. Romanos, J. Uber, D. Oether, A. Minai, Sustainable Urban Development in Action: The Case of Curitiba, Brazil, Institute of Global Studies and Affairs, University of Cincinnati. $6500. 2006. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Carla Chifos, Knowledge Enhancement in Sustainable Urban Development: Learning from the International Experts, Faculty Development Council. $3110. 2002. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Carla Chifos, Environment, Culture, Economic and Social Sustainability Meeting In Portland, Oregon, Faculty Development Council. $1425. 2016. Status: Completed.
  • (PI), Carla Chifos , NVivo Software, Faculty Development Council. $495. 2015. Status: Completed.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Chifos, Carla (2007) "The Sustainable Communites Experiment in the US:  Insights from Three Federal Level Programs" Journal of Planning Education and Research, Summer 2007, vol 26, no4. 
  • Chifos, Carla and Michael Romanos (2006) "Natural Landscapes, Cultivated Landscapes, and Built Landscapes: From Environmentally Blanaced Systems to Unsustainable Development Paths", Regional Development Dialogue, Vol. 27, No. 1, Spring, 51-76.
  • Chifos, Carla (2006) "Culture, Environment, and Livelihood:  Potential for Crafting Sustainable Communities in Chiang Mai". International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, Vol. 5, No. 23, pp 315-332.

Books

  • Chifos, Carla and Rught Yabes (Eds).  (2000) Southeast Asian Urban Environmenta: Structured and Spontaneous. (Tempe, Arizona:  Southeast Asian Studies Monograph Series). 
  • Romanos, Michael and Carla Chifos (Eds.)  (1990) Development of the University of the Aegean:  Visions and Policies for the Future.  (Mytilene, Greece:  University of the Aegean).

Book Chapter

  • Chifos, Carla. (2004) "Eco-village". In Roger Caves (Ed). Enclyclopedia of the City (London and New York: Routledge)
  • Chifos, Carla and Johanna Looye. (2002) "The Handicraft Sector in Chiang Mai: Its Role in Sustainable Urban Development". In Michael Romanos and Christopher Auffrey (Eds). Managing Intermediate Size Cities:  Sustainable Development in a Growth Region of Thailand. 9Dordrecht, The Netherlands:  Kluwer Publisher), pp.91-126.
  • Rochon, G., D. Szlag, F. Daniel, and C. Chifos (2002) "Remote Sensing Application for Sustainable Watershed Management and Food Security". In Gerard Begni (Ed). Observing out Environment from Space:  New Solutions for a New Millennium. (Lisse, The Netherlands: A. A. Balkema Publishers/Swets & Zeitlinger B.V.),pp. 285-291.
  • Chifos, Carla and Hendropanoto Suselo (2000) "Thirty Years of Infrastructure Development in Indonesia". In Carla Chifos and Ruther Yabes (Eds). Southeast Asian Urban Environmenta: Structured and Spontaneous. (Tempe, Arizona:  Southeast Asian Studies Monograph Series), pp. 153-182.
  • Yabes, Ruth, Gwendolyn Urey, and Carla Chifos (2000) "Introduction". In Carla Chifos and Ruth Yabes (Eds). Southeast Asian Urban Environments:  Structured and Spontaneous. (Tempe, Arizona:  Southeast Asian Studies Monograph Series), pp. xxv-xxxix.

Review

  • Chifos, Carla (2008) "Review of Sustainable Urban Development, Volume 2: The Environmental Assessment Methods.  By Mark Deakin, Gordon Michell, Peter Nijkamp and Ron Vreeker (Eds).  Journal of American Planning Association.
  • Chifos, Carla. (2008) "Review of City and Environment" by Chistropher Boone and Ali Modarres.  Journal of Urban Affairs.
  • Chifos, Carla (2006) "Review of Urban Sprawl: A Comprehensive Reference Guide, by David Soule".  Journal of Urban Affairs, Vol 30, No. 1.
  • Chifos Carla (2001) "Review of Indonesia: The Challenge of Change, by R. W. Baker, et al". The Journal of Asian Studies, Vol 60, NO. 3, pp. 912-913.
  • Chifos, Carla (2001) "Review of PLanning Sustainability, by Michael Kenny and Janes Meadowcroft" Environment and Planning A, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 186-188. 
  • Chifos, Carla (2000) "Review of Enclycolpedia of Housing, by Willem van Vliet". Environment and pLanning B, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 320-322.
  • Sustainable Development Group (2009) "Cultural Sustainable Revitalization of the Historic Core of Recife, Brasil"

Technical Report

  • La Grange Research Team (2014).  Two volume report on cultural and environmentally sensitive redevelopment plan for the city and county.  including a Green Heritage Network Plan.
  • Westwood Research Team (2013) Series of report on study of viability of Madcap Puppets as anchor for cultural led revitalization.
  • IGNIS Research Team. (2013) Final Report for Metropolis and Mobility to French Ministry of Culture.
  • Chifos , Calra "Evaluation of PLACES:  The Case of La Grange, Kentucky"  US EPA Research Report.
  • Romanos, Michael and Carla Chifos (2011) "La Grange redevelopment Study Plan"
  • Sustainable Development Group (2010) "Yogyakara: State of Culturally led Economic Development"
  • Sustainable Development Group (2008) "Sustainable Curitiba: Revitalizing the Downtown"
  • Sustainable Development Group (2007) "Protecting the Island of Thirassia, Greece"
  • Sustainable Development Group (2005) "Plan for the Future of Santorini: Building the Cultural Center of the Eastern Mediterranean"
  • Sustainable Development Group (2004) "Regional Development of the Islands of Thira and Thirassia:  Phase !: Analysis" 
  • Chifos, Carla (2004) "Background Paper for the film series &39;New Metropolis: Cities Then and Now - How Sprawl is changing the American City"
  • Sustainable Develoment Group (2003) "Sustainable Development Planning for the Hersonissos Region" 

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2011 to 2013, Graduate Program Coordinator, School of Planning, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, University of Cincinnati .
  • 2010 to 2015, Director, Doctoral Program, School of Planning, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, University of Cincinnati .
  • 2007 to Present, Associate Professor, School of Planning, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, University of Cincinnati .
  • 2001 to 2007, Assistant Professor, School of Planning, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, University of Cincinnati .
  • 2003 to Present, Affiliate Faculty, Environmental Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Cincinnati.
  • 2003 to Present, Faculty, Asian Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Cincinnati.
  • 1998 to 1999, Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Planning, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, University of Cincinnati .
  • 1999 to 2000, Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Planning, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, University of Cincinnati .
  • 1996 to 1998, Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Planning, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, University of Cincinnati .
  • 2009Fulbright Scholar, Instituto Superior de Administração e Economia (ISAE), Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) , Curitiba, Brasil.
  • 2000 to 2001, Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education Post Doctoral Research Fellow, National Risk Management Research Laboratory, US Environmental Protection Agency.
  • 1996 to 2000, Research Associate, Center for Environmental Assessment and Policy, College of Engineering, University of Cincinnati.
  • 1995Consultant, World Resources Institute, Washington, DC.
  • 1995Asian Foundation Environment Fellow, Center for Urban and Regional Studies, Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia.
  • 1995Urban Environmental Specialist, World Resources Institute, Washington, DC.
  • 1994 to 1995, Research Associate, Center for Urban Health, College of Medicine, Atma Jaya University, Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • 1994Faculty, United States Environmental Training Institute, US-Asia Environment Partnership, and Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 1994Research Associate, Office of Research and International Studies, College of Engineering, University of Cincinnati.
  • 1991 to 1992, Research Fellow, Center for Environmental Studies, Hassanudin University, Ujung Padang, Indonesia.
  • 1990 to 1991, Research Associate, Development Studies Project II, Boston Institute for Development Economics, Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • 1989 to 1990, Research Assistant, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
  • 1989Research Associate, DAAP Center for Research on Urban Development, University of Cincinnati.
  • 1986 to 1988, Research Assistant, School of Planning, University of Cincinnati.
  • 1981 to 1986, Deputy Radiation Safety Officer, Radiation Safety Office, University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
  • 1981 to 1986, Consultant to Radiation Safety Department, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 1980 to 1981, Mechanical Engineer, General Electric, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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