Keith Pezzoli

PhD, Director of USP Program, Supervisor of Field Studies

Keith Pezzoli, PhD., Directs UC San Diego’s Urban Studies and Planning Program (USP); the Bioregional Center for Sustainability Science, Planning and Design; and the MetroLab Network’s Green Infrastructure and Planning Project. The Bioregional Center and MetroLab Project share three broad objectives: (1) enable the sustainability transition to eradicate root causes of ecological degradation, poverty, social strife and injustice; (2) democratize science and technology; and (3) enhance means of communication—including narratives, storytelling, data visualization, mapping and participatory decision support systems—to improve public reasoning in sustainability planning, policy and design. Since 2000, Pezzoli has been leading the Community Engagement Core and Research Translation Core of UCSD’s Superfund Research Center (SRC) funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

Pezzoli is a Teaching Professor based in the Department of Communication. He teaches courses for Communication and the Urban Studies and Planning Program focused on Food Justice, Science Communication, Sustainable Development, Urban World Systems, and Field Research Methods. He earned his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA, and a BA in Psychology/Environmental Design from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His books, published and in progress, include: Human Settlements and Planning for Ecological Sustainability: The Case of Mexico City (2000, MIT Press); The Bioregional Transition (in progress), and Doing Civically Engaged Research (in progress, with Dr. William Oswald). Pezzoli currently serves as an appointed member of the Good Neighbor Environmental Board, an independent federal advisory board that advises the US President and Congress on US-Mexico border environmental issues. And he is actively engaged in UC Office of the President Initiatives focused on Global Food, Climate and Mexico.

  • UCLA Urban & Regional Planning, Ph.D. 1990
  • UCLA Urban & Regional Planning, MA 1985
  • SUNY, Psychology/Environmental Design, BA 1979