APAHI Lunch Program on Oct 10 - UH DURP Faculty Research Share

APA Hawai'i Chapter


Wednesday, October 10, 2018
noon - 1 p.m. HST

Honolulu, HI, United States

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Faculty members from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) will share the findings of their research, as well as provide an update on changes to the DURP curriculum.

  • Dr. Coffman will discuss updates to the DURP curriculum designed to meet the needs of the profession.
  • Dr. Garboden will present an overview of his work to date, with a focus on a recent project examining how landlords decide to accept or reject Housing Choice Voucher recipients, with important implications for racial and economic segregation. He will also briefly highlight the ways in which the HCRC position can collaborate with and provide benefits for housing stakeholders throughout the state.
  • Dr. Shen will present the findings of a UH Sea Grant-funded research project on coastal wastewater infrastructure's vulnerability to climate change.


  • Dr. Makena Coffman is the Director for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Institute for Sustainability and Resilience. She is a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and teaches graduate courses in climate change and low carbon cities.  Her research interests include greenhouse gas mitigation, energy policy and alternative transportation strategies. She is a Research Fellow with the University of Hawaiʻi Economic Research Organization, holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She currently serves as Chair of the City and County of Honolulu Climate Change Commission.  
  • Dr. Philip Garboden is the new HCRC Professor in Affordable Housing at the University of Hawaii. He is a member of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the UH Economic Research Organization. His work looks at domestic housing policy with a particular focus on how supply-side actors respond to the costs and incentives associated with various policies. He holds a PhD in Sociology, an MSE in Applied Math and Statistics, and an MA in Public Policy all from Johns Hopkins University. 
  • Dr. Suwan Shen is an assistant professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaii Manoa. Her primary research focuses on risk assessment and vulnerability studies of critical infrastructures to climate change, such as sea level rise’s impact on coastal network infrastructures, the impacts of changing storm surge on emergency services, local adaptation planning and response capacity to projected environmental changes. She holds a PhD, MA in urban and regional planning, and a MS in civil engineering from University of Florida.

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Makena Coffman


Suwan Shen

SUWAN SHEN Assistant Professor Department of Urban & Regional Planning Office Tel: 808-956-6868 University of Hawai`i at Manoa Office Fax: 808-956-6870 Saunders Hall 107d Email: suwans@hawaii.edu 2424 Maile Way Honolulu, HI. 96822 Education 2014 Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. 2014 M ... Read More

Philip Garboden


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