Elizabeth Deakin is Professor of City and Regional Planning and Urban Design at UC Berkeley, where she also is an affiliated faculty member of the Energy and Resources Group and the Master of Urban Design group. From 1999-2009 she also was Director of the UC Transportation Center, which she helped to found in 1989. In addition, from 2004-2008, she served as co-director of UC Berkeley’s Global Metropolitan Studies Initiative, which involves nearly 70 faculty members from 12 departments.
Deakin’s research focuses on transportation and land use policy, the environmental impacts of transportation, and equity in transportation. She has published over 200 articles, book chapters, and research reports on topics ranging from environmental justice to transportation pricing to development exactions and impact fees.
Deakin has been appointed to a number of government posts including city and county commissions and state advisory boards. She has testified before Congress regarding every transportation bill since ISTEA in 1991, most recently appearing before the House Technology and Infrastructure Committee. She has taught courses at universities in Australia, Germany, Sweden, France, and China and has served as an adviser to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Council of Ministers of Transport, and MISTRA (the Swedish sustainable development foundation), She currently has research projects in China, the EU, and Latin America as well as in the US.
Deakin holds degrees in political science and transportation systems analysis from MIT as well as a law degree from Boston College.