A. Chris Nelson, Ph.D., FAICP

Dr. Arthur C. (Christian “Chris”) Nelson, FAICP, is Presidential Professor of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah where he is also Director of the Metropolitan Research Center and Co-Director of the Master of Real Estate program. He earned Bachelor of Science, master of urban studies, and Ph.D. in urban studies (regional economics concentration) all from Portland State University, during which time he was a west coast planning consultant.

Numerous organizations have sponsored Dr. Nelson’s research such as the National Science Foundation; National Academy of Sciences; U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, and Transportation; Environmental Protection Agency; Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; Fannie Mae; American Planning Association; National Association of Realtors; Urban Land Institute; and The Brookings Institution among others. In 2000, his professional planning, education, and research accomplishments were recognized with election to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners. In 2000-01, he served HUD as an expert on smart growth and growth management for the Clinton and Bush Administrations.

Chris serves in various editorial capacities for the Journal of the American Planning Association, Housing Policy Debate, Journal of Urban Affairs, Journal of Planning Education and Research, and the Journal of Planning Literature. He has earned scholarship honors at Virginia Tech, several teaching honors and scholarship commendations at Georgia Tech, and researcher of the year honors at the University of New Orleans. Dr. Nelson's books have shaped the fields of infrastructure finance, growth management, and land use planning. His writings have won national awards and international distinction, and his students have won numerous national awards including the national student project of the year award given by the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Dr. Nelson's particular areas of expertise include growth management, urban containment, public facility finance, economic development, and metropolitan development patterns. He has written more than 20 books and more than 300 other works.

He is recognized as a leader in reshaping impact fees to facilitate smart growth; analyzing the land use, facility, economic, and social outcomes of growth management and urban containment; assessing market responsiveness to smart growth policies; and synthesizing research for local and regional smart growth applications.

A. Chris Nelson, Ph.D., FAICP Presidential Professor of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah

A. Chris Nelson, Ph.D., FAICP

Presidential Professor of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah

Salt Lake, Utah, United States

Finance & Fiscal Impact
Housing & Community Design
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