Environmental Policy

Lucie Laurian

  • Senior Faculty Affiliate, Environmental Policy Research Program
  • Professor and Director, School of Planning and Public Affairs


Lucie Laurian studies the effects of toxic sites on local populations and the participation of citizens in environmental planning decision-making processes. She is involved in research about the interactions between the planning and public health disciplines. Previous research, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, focused on the effects of Superfund sites on the surrounding communities. Currently, Laurian is evaluating Community Advisory Boards as participatory mechanisms used for the cleanup of toxic sites.

Research Interests

  • Urban and environmental planning
  • Plan evaluation and implementation (U.S. and New Zealand)
  • Environmental injustice and public participation in decision-making (U.S. and Europe)

Educational Background

  • PhD, City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2001
  • MA, (DESS, “Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures Specialisées,” terminal Masters degree), Institut de Démographie Universitaire de Paris I, University Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris, 1995
  • MA, Sociology (DEA, “Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies,” degree preceding a doctorate), University René Descartes-Paris, 1995