Arnab Chakraborty
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,Professor
Arnab Chakraborty, AICP
M230 Temple Buell Hall
611 E Lorado Taft Dr
Champaign, IL 61820
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  • PhD, University of Maryland, College Park (2007)
  • Master of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago (2003)
  • Bachelor of Architecture, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Ongoing and upcoming research

Selected Publications:
  • Chakraborty, A. (forthcoming), Comment on Death of Single-Family and It’s Time to End Single-Family Zoning: Calls to end all single-family zoning need more scrutiny, Journal of the American Planning Association
  • Knaap, G. J., Lewis, R., and Chakraborty, A. editors (forthcoming), A Handbook on Smart Growth, Edgar Elgar Press.
  • Knaap, G. J., Lewis, R., Chakraborty, A. and June-Freisen, K. (forthcoming), Smart Growth: An Annotated Bibliography, Oxford University Press
  • Wilson, B., & Chakraborty, A. (2019a). Mapping vulnerability to extreme heat events: Lessons from metropolitan Chicago. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management62(6), 1065–1088.
  • Wilson, B., & Chakraborty, A. (2019b). Planning Smart(er) Cities: The Promise of Civic Technology. Journal of Urban Technology, 1–23.

Personal profile:
Arnab Chakraborty’s research concerns critical questions of housing and infrastructure development and the role of technology in advancing urban analysis and planning. In addition to his academic appointments, he is an editorial board member of the Journal of the American Planning Association and an associate editor of the Journal of Urban Planning and Development. He is an associate dean in the College of Fine and Applied Arts with the responsibility to oversee the college’s research support efforts, administer the promotion and tenure process, lead the college’s faculty mentoring program, and advise the dean on matters related to faculty affairs.
Professor Chakraborty’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Federal Highway Administration, Urban Institute, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, among others. His ongoing projects include mapping urban vulnerability to climate change and using scenario analysis techniques to advance long range planning. His current projects are in Champaign-Urbana, Chicago, and India, and involve considerable collaboration with technology companies as well as federal and international organizations.
Professor Chakraborty teaches the following courses on a regular basis: UP 510 Plan Making, UP 547 Regional Planning and Policy, and UP 312 Communication for Planners. He is offering a new online course, UP 433 Scenarios, Plans, and the Future City this summer. Occasionally, he offers UP 543 Environmental Policy and Planning, and study abroad courses. In the past, he has taught Microeconomics of Public Policy and Planning, and GIS. His courses stress the importance of critical thinking and collaboration and the need to connect techniques learnt in the class to real-world planning situations.
For over fifteen years, Professor Chakraborty has advised and consulted on various land use and transport projects both in the U.S. and abroad. He conducts regular training workshops on scenario analysis at the APA’s National Planning Conference, serves on Lincoln Institutes scenario planning expert panel, and has taught short courses internationally, most recently in India, China, Taiwan, Curacao, and the Netherlands.
Prior to his PhD, Professor Chakraborty received a master’s degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelor in architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. In the past, he has taught at the Johns Hopkins University and worked for the Chicago Transit Authority. At Illinois, Professor Chakraborty is also associated with the Center for Global Studies, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. He is also an affiliate faculty of the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and site visitor pool of the Planning Accreditation Board.