V. Kelly Turner
V. Kelly Turner (she/her) is the co-director of the Luskin Center for Innovation and serves as an assistant professor of urban planning and geography.
Turner’s research addresses the relationship between institutions, urban design, and the environment through two interrelated questions: 1) How does urban design relate to ecosystem services in cities? and (2) To what extent do social institutions have the capacity to deliver those services?
Her approach draws from social-ecological systems frameworks to address urban planning and design problem domains. In recent work she has used this approach to investigate microclimate regulation through New Urbanist design, water and biodiversity management through Homeowners Associations, and stormwater management through green infrastructure interventions.
Dr. Turner’s training is highly interdisciplinary. She received a Ph.D. in geography from the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University, where she was an IGERT Fellow in urban ecology. Her work is funded by the National Science Foundation and the interdisciplinary National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center. She recently chaired the Human Dimensions of Global Change specialty group of the American Association of Geographers. Dr. Turner deploys interdisciplinary pedagogy in the classroom and teaches courses in environmentalisms, urban sustainability, and urban ecology.
In the News
Deploy More Heat Officers, Policies, and Metrics (op-ed in Nature)
Cities use art to combat extreme urban heat (Smart Cities Dive)
Los Angeles confronts its shady divide (National Geographic)
As Urban Areas Feel the Heat, It’s Time for National Cool Communities Standards (op-ed in Next City)
Can planting more trees keep cities from heating up? (Popular Science)