Lauren Ames Fischer is a social scientist and urban planner who teaches courses in the Urban Planning and Policy degree program in UNT's Department of Public Administration. Raised in upstate New York, Dr. Fischer began her career as a community organizer in St Louis, Missouri and has spent the past 10 years working professionally on issues of urban transportation and development. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on urban planning, transportation policy, and international governance at DePaul University (Chicago), Columbia University and New York University's Wagner School of Public Service. She holds a doctorate in urban planning from Columbia University where she was a National Science Foundation IGERT trainee in the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and served as a research affiliate at the Center for Sustainable Urban Development in the Earth Institute.
Primary Research Interests:
I examine the governance of urban transport and land use with a particular focus on decision-making processes, policies and implementation tools impact low income and minority neighborhoods. I utilize qualitative, quantitative and spatial analysis methods to produce policy-relevant research aimed at facilitating more equitable and sustainable urban environments.
Dr. Fischer loves to travel and can regularly be found taking 'trips to nowhere' (unplanned excursions) with her young family. Immediately before settling in Texas, Dr. Fischer spent three years living in seven cities across six states, personally experiencing the trials and tribulations of urban life across the United States. She loves to hike, swim and spend time outside and is looking forward to exploring the North Texas region once the temperatures drop below 100 degrees.