Areas of Expertise:
urban planning | urban poverty | transportation | economic development | welfare
Evelyn Blumenberg is the director of the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and a professor of urban planning at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Her research examines the effects of urban structure — the spatial location of residents, employment and services — on economic outcomes for low-wage workers. In studying the role of planning and policy in shaping the spatial structure of cities, Blumenberg is also an expert on poverty and inequality and transportation and economic development.
Blumenberg has investigated the relationship between the spatial structure of urban areas and economic equality; gender and U.S. local economic development planning; the travel behavior of welfare recipients and immigrants; and interagency collaboration.
Blumenberg was honored in 2014 as a White House Champion of Change for her research on the links between transportation access, employment and poverty. Her recent projects include analyses of changing job clusters in California, transit ridership patterns in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, and the role of transportation in delayed retirement.