Jason Corburn, PhD

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Jason Corburn, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning at the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley

Jason Corburn is associate professor in the School of Public Health and Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. He is Director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Development and the Center for Global Healthy Cites at UC Berkeley. His research examines the links between environmental health and social justice in cities, notions of expertise in science-based policy making, and the role of local knowledge in addressing urban environmental and public health challenges in cities of the global north and south.  Corburn is a global leader in research and action linking urban planning to health equity. His research explores how urban poverty influences population health, the relationships between urban places, stress and health inequalities, urban climate change, and the health impacts of inclusive community development for informal settlements in cities of Africa, Asia and Latin America.  He is a leading practitioner of urban health impact assessment (HIA), community-based ‘citizen science’ and slum upgrading, or how to improve the well being of the millions living in urban poverty in low and middle income countries.  He is the author of award winning books including: Street Science: Community Knowledge and Environmental Health Justice (MIT Press, 2005); Toward the Healthy City (MIT Press, 2009); Healthy City Planning (Routledge, 2013) and the editor of, Slum Health (UC Press, forthcoming).  He has built partnerships with community groups, governments and international organizations that have successfully improved the lives and living conditions of the urban poor in cities around the world.  His work has been funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, US EPA, California Air Resources Board, the California Endowment, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others. Corburn advises the World Health Organization, UN-HABITAT, US EPA, the International Council of Science, and numerous local and national governments. Professor Corburn has received numerous awards, including the United Nations Association Global Citizenship Award, the Paul Davidoff Best Book Award, the Health Policy Investigator Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Environmental Leadership Program Fellowship. His scholarly and community partnership work has been featured in the UK Guardian, BBC, NPR, NY Times, and other media outlets. Professor Corburn has held visiting appointments at the University of Paris X, Nanterre, the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), and the University of Nairobi and was a faculty member of Columbia University’s Earth Institute before coming to Berkeley.  Corburn received his MCP and PhD from MIT.