Lucie Laurian

Title & Affiliation
Senior Faculty Affiliate Environmental Policy Research Program
Director and Professor School of Planning and Public Affairs


  • 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

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

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