Rolf Pendall

Rolf Pendall (infrastructure)
Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University
Director, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, Urban Institute

Rolf Pendall’s interests are in land use planning, growth management, environmental planning, affordable housing, infrastructure planning, and quantitative methods. His research on land-use controls explores why communities adopt them, how they vary across the United States, whether they work as intended, and whether they have desirable or undesirable consequences for affordable housing, ethnic and racial diversity, and the environment. He is particularly interested in the prevalence and patterns of exclusionary zoning in U.S. cities. He also researches land use change, using geographic information systems (GIS) and qualitative methods to analyze the patterns of and reasons for transition from rural to urban land use. Other research interests include tenant-based housing assistance and private property rights.

Pendall holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. Pendall is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).