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Research Reports

Prof. Blanco‘s articles in new MIT book on “Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era” (2014)

Chapter 14. Range of Contemporary Urban Patterns and Processes

Chapter 16. Reconceptualizing Land for Sustainable Urbanity

G. Guiliano, H. Blanco, D. Bahl. July 2013. Promoting Employment in Transit Construction Projects by Members of Minority and Low Income Communities. 250 pp. METRANS Center and Center for Sustainable Cities. Federal Transit Administration, Office of Civil Rights. FTA Research Publication, forthcoming.

Promoting Employment in Transit Construction Projects by Members of Minority and Low Income Communities. July 2013

Blanco, H. P.I., Co-PIs: J. Newell (U. Michigan); L. Stott (USC); M. Alberti (UW). 2012.Water Supply Scarcity in Southern California: Assessing Water District Level Strategies. Los Angeles, CA: Center for Sustainable Cities, Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California.
Table of Contents and Executive Summary

Chapter 1. Context and Research Objectives

Chapter 2. Water Governance in Southern California

Chapter 3. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Chapter 4. Cucamonga Valley Water District

Chapter 5. Huntington Beach

Chapter 6. Comparison of Case Studies and Cross-Cutting Issues

Chapter 7. Water Conservation: Cost-effectiveness

Chapter 8. The Future Potential for Water Conservation

Chapter 9. The Energy and Emissions Intensity of Urban Water Supply Sources in Two Southern California Water Districts

Chapter 10. Climate Change and California’s Water Challenges

Chapter 11. Scenario Planning

Chapter 12. Water Futures Scenario Workshops

Chapter 13. Recommendations

Blanco, H. and Giuliano G. (2011) Towards Evidence-Based Sustainable Communities: Report on Survey of Urban Sustainability Centers in U.S. Universities. Washington DC: What Works Collaborative, the Urban Institute.

Newell, J., Madachy, R., Haas B., and H. Bradbury. 2009. Calculating the Carbon Emissions of a Shipping Container from China to U.S. Retailer. Los Angeles, CA: USC Center for Sustainable Cities. 28 pages.

Vos, R. and J. Newell. 2009. A Comparative Analysis of Carbon Dioxide Emissions in Coated Paper Production: Key Differences between China and the U.S. Los Angeles, CA: USC Center for Sustainable Cities. 51 pages.

Journal Publications

Mazmanian D. and H. Blanco (eds.) 2014. Elgar Companion to Sustainable Cities. Edward Elgar Pubs.

Seto, K., S. Dhakal, A. Bigio, H. Blanco et al. April, 2014. “Chapter 12. Human Settlements, Infrastructure and Spatial Planning.” UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report, Working Group III- “Mitigation of Climate Change”.

Garfin G., G. Franco, H. Blanco et al. 2014. Chapter 20. Southwest Region. US National Climate Assessment. (

Blanco, H. 2014. Range of Contemporary Urban Patterns and Processes in Global Land Use. In Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era, K. Seto and A. Reenberg (eds.), MIT Press.

Boone, C., C. Redman, H. Blanco et al. 2014. Reconceptualizing Urban Land Use. In Rethinking Global Land Use in an Urban Era, K. Seto and A. Reenberg (eds.), MIT Press.

Wei, D. and Rose, A. “Macroeconomic Impacts of the California Global Warming Solutions Act on the Southern California Economy,” accepted for publication in Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy.

Nelson, H., Rose, A., Wei, D., Peterson, T., and Wennberg, J. 2014. “Intergovernmental Climate Change Mitigation Policy: Theory and Outcomes,” Journal of Public Policy, forthcoming.

Jun Bi, Oran Young, Robert Costanza, Lingxuan Liu, Roger Kasperson, Ye Qi, Daniel Guttman, Kejun, Daniel Mazmanian, Shiqiu Zhang, Jungie Zhang, Gail Osherenko, Robert Percival, Bing Zhang, Haikun Wang, Pan He, Miaomiao Liu (2013), “Same dream, different beds: Can America and China take effective steps to solve the climate problem? Editorial, Global Environmental Change, in press.

Daniel Mazmanian, John Jurewitz, & Hal Nelson (2013), “A Governing Framework for Climate Change Adaptation in the Built Environment,” ECOLOGY AND SOCIETY 18 (4):56. [online] URL:

Rose, A. and Wei, D. 2013. “Estimating the Economic Consequences of a Port Shutdown: The Special Role of Resilience,” Economic Systems Research 25(2): 212-232.

Daniel A. Mazmanian, Hal T. Nelson, & John Jurewitz (2013), “Climate Change Policy: A Race to the Top,” Ch. 16 in GOVERNING CALIFORNIA: POLITICS, GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC POLICY IN THE GOLDEN STATE, 3rd Edition, Berkeley Public Policy Press, University of California, Berkeley

Daniel A. Mazmanian, John Jurewitz, & Hal T. Nelson (2013), “The Paradox of ‘Acting Globally While Thinking Locally’: Discordance in Climate Change Adaptation Policy Formation”, JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENT & DEVELOPMENT, 22(2): 186-206

Daniel A. Mazmanian & Laurie Kaye Nijaki (2013). “Sustainable Development and Governance.” Chapater 9, in Sheldon Kamieniecki & Michael Kraft, editors, THE OXFORD HANDBOOK OF U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

Daniel Press & Daniel Mazmanian (2013), “Toward Sustainable Production: Finding Workable Strategies for Government and Industry,” Chapter 10, in Norman Vig & Michael Kraft, eds., ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY: NEW DIRECTIONS FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, 8th Edition, CQ Inc.

Blanco, H. 2012. Retrospective on BPJ. Berkeley Planning Journal. Vol. 25, 1: 24-27.

Blanco, H. 2012. Public participation in neighborhood planning, a neglected aspect of community livability: The case of Seattle. In F. Wagner and R. Caves (Eds.) Community Liveability. NY: Routledge.

Rose, A., Wei, D., and Prager, F. 2012. “Distributional Impacts of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading: Alternative Allocation and Recycling Strategies in California,” Contemporary Economic Policy 30(4): 603-617.

Rose, A. and Wei, D. 2012. “Macroeconomic Impacts of the Florida Energy and Climate Change Action Plan,” Climate Policy 12(1): 50-69.

Blanco, H. and M. Alberti (Eds.) 2009. “Shaken, Hot, Shrinking, lmpoverished and lnformal:Emerging Research Agendas in Planning.” Progress in Planning,72(4):195-250.

Blanco, H. and M. Alberti (Eds.) 2009. “Hot, Congested, Crowded and Diverse: Emerging Research Agendas in Planning.” Progress in Planning. 71(3): 153-205.

Blanco, H. and M. Alberti. 2009. Building Capacity to Adapt to Climate Change through Planning.Chapter 2 in “Hot, congested, crowded and diverse: Emerging research agendas in planning.”Progress in Planning. 71(3):158-169. Doi:10.1016/j.progress.2009.03.001 Abridged version published in Chinese in the Chinese Journal of Urban and Regional Planning. 3(2): 1-22(2010).

McKinstry, R.B., Peterson, T.D., Rose, A., and Wei, D. 2009. “The New Climate World: Achieving Economic Efficiency in a Federal System for GHG Regulation through State Planning,” North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation34(3):767-850.

Newell, J and R. Vos. “Papering over Space and Place: Fuzzy Accounting and Flat Geographies in Carbon Footprints.” Under review. Annals of the Association of Americon Geographers.

Rose, A., Wei, D., Wennberg, J., and Peterson, T. 2009. “Climate Change Policy Formation in Michigan: The Case for lntegrated Regional Policies,” lnternational Regional Science Review32(4):445-465.

Other Publications

Daniel A. Mazmanian & Hilda Blanco (forthcoming), editors, ELGAR COMPANION TO SUSTAINABLE CITIES: STRATEGIES, METHODS AND OUTLOOK, Edward
Elgar Publishing, Ltd.

Blanco, H. (Lead Author), P. McCarney, S. Parnell, M.Schmidt, K. Seto. “Chapter 8. The Role of Urban Land in Climate Change” in C. Rozensweig, W. Solecki, and S. Hammer (Eds.) First Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) Assessment Report on Climate Change in Cities. Cambridge University Press, in press.

Giuliano, G. and A. Agarwal (2010) “Public transit as a metropolitan growth and development strategy,” in M. Tuner, H. Wial and H. Wolman, eds., Urban and Regional Policy and its Effects, Vol2.Washington DC: Brookings lnstitution, forthcoming.

McCarney, P. (Lead Author). H. BIanco, J. Carmin, M. Colley, E. Fuchs, E. Ligeti, C. Natenson, M.Schmidt. “Chapter 9.Cities and Climate Change: the Challenges for Governance” in ” in C.Rozensweig, W. Solecki, and S. Hammer (Eds.) First Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) Assessment Report on Climate Change in Cities. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, in press.

Rose, A. The Economics of Climate Change Policy: lnternational, National and Regional Strategies, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Company, 2009.

2010 Annual Report