Moira ZellnerUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
Urban Planning and Policy Program
What inspires me about SMART:
The interaction among disciplines, the respect for dialogue and the quest for innovation as we seek to combine different perspectives and goals.
Dr. Moira Zellner is an Assistant Professor in the Urban Planning and Policy Program, and a Research Assistant Professor in the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Having completed her undergraduate degree in ecology in Argentina, she pursued graduate studies at the University of Michigan, where she earned a Masters in Urban Planning, a Certificate in the Study of Complex Systems, and a Ph.D. in Urban, Technological and Environmental Planning.
Dr. Zellner has extensive work experience as a consultant for environmental engineering and planning firms in the US and in Argentina, and as advisor to the undersecretary of Environment in the City of Buenos Aires, on projects related to domestic and hazardous waste management, river remediation and restoration, greenway development, industrial pollution control, and environmental impact assessments. She also participated in interdisciplinary and international research projects to create urban air pollution indexes and to model the spread of tuberculosis through public transportation. Her more recent academic work involves using agent-based models as exploratory tools for policy analysis and implementation, addressing the complexity of urban and regional processes and their environmental impacts. Her research focuses on the effects of public policy on individual and collective decision-making, and their impacts on land-use change, resource sustainability and human well-being.