Dr John Renne
  • Honorary Research Associate

About

John is an Honorary Research Associate at the Transport Studies Unit, which is part of the School of Geography and the Environment (SoGE) at the University of Oxford. He is also an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida Atlantic University, USA, and he is the Managing Director of The TOD Group, a private real estate investment, development and consultancy firm based in the United States. Formerly John was Director of the Merritt C. Becker Jr. Transportation Institute and Associate Professor of Planning and Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans, USA.

John's research focuses on creating sustainable, resilient and livable cities, with a focus on land development and transportation infrastructure. Dr. Renne is an author and editor of Transit-Oriented Development: Making It Happen (Ashgate, 2009), Transport Beyond Oil: Policy Choices for a Multimodal Future (Island Press, 2013) and over 100 papers, book chapters and professional reports. He chairs the Transportation and Land Development Committee for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies and serves on many committees and boards of nonprofits and professional associations.

John was appointed as a Senior Visiting Research Associate at TSU in 2013. He worked at the University of New Orleans 2005-15 and has been involved in promoting sustainable transport in the recovery of the city following Hurricane Katrina that same year. He was the Chair of the New Orleans Sustainable Transportation Advisory Committee to the City Council 2011-14 and he served as Vice President of Bike Easy, New Orleans' bicycle advocacy non-profit organisation. John has been invited to speak about sustainable transport and transit-oriented development by President Bill Clinton and U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood, respectively.

John has worked as a Research Associate with the Planning and Transport Research Centre, at both Murdoch and Curtin Universities, in Western Australia from 2004 - 2005, 2006, and 2010. In 2004 - 2005, he worked as an Associate Director for EG Funds Management, a private equity real estate firm in Australia. John received his Ph.D. from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University in 2005. He was a U.S. Department of Transportation Eisenhower Fellow and Eno Transportation Foundation Fellow. John was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy at Murdoch University in 2001. He received a Master in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2000 and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1999.

Current Research

John has served as a Principal Investigator (PI) on studies for local, state, and federal government in the United States and Australia as well as the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies in the areas of transit-oriented development, smart growth and growth management, evacuation planning, bicycle and pedestrian planning.

As a PI, John secured approximately $4 million in funded research. Projects include:

  • Downtown Development Authority of West Palm Beach. State of the Downtown, 2017
    $10,000
  • University Transportation Center (UTC) Grant, 2013 - 2017
    Funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation in partnership with University of Arkansas, Principal Investigator, $500,000
  • University Transportation Center (UTC) Grant, 2013 - 2017
    Funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation in partnership with University of Maryland, Principal Investigator, $250,000
  • University Transportation Center (UTC) Grant, 2013 - 2014
    Funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation in partnership with LSU and Southwest UTC at Texas A&M, Principal Investigator, $500,000.
  • New Orleans Regional Smart Growth Education and Outreach, 2013 - 2015
    Funded by the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Principal Investigator, $400,000.
  • Pedestrian and Bicycle Resource Initiative, 2012- 2013
    Funded by the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission, Principal Investigator, $55,000.
  • Development of Minimum Smart Growth Guidelines for Louisiana, 2012 - 2014
    Funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation in partnership with LSU and Mississippi State University and the Louisiana Transportation Research Center, Principal Investigator, $200,000.
  • University Transportation Center (UTC) Grant, 2012 - 2013
    Funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation in partnership with LSU and Southwest UTC at Texas A&M, Principal Investigator, $250,000.
  • University Transportation Center Grant, 2009 - 2012
    Funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Co-Principal Investigator, Approximately $2 million (approximately $1 million to UNO). Funding established the Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency at LSU and UNO.
  • Federal Transit Administration, January 2007 - January 2011
    U.S. Department of Transportation. Principal Investigator, Approximately $415,000. National Study on Car-less and Special Needs Evacuation Planning.
  • Community Transportation Association of America, February 2008 - May 2008
    Principal Investigator, $10,000. White Paper on Carless and Special Needs Evacuation Planning.
  • Louisiana State University, June 2007 - January 2008
    Funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Principal Investigator, $100,000. Study on TRANSIMS Transportation Modeling for the Evacuation of New Orleans.
  • New Orleans Regional Planning Commission, April 2007 - February 2008
    Funded by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Principal Investigator, $35,518. Study on Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety and Urban Design in New Orleans.
  • Department for Planning and Infrastructure, July 2006 - June 2007
    In cooperation with the Public Transport Authority, the Planning and Transport Research Centre, and Murdoch University State of Western Australia. Principal Investigator, $30,000. Measuring the Performance of Transit-Oriented Developments in Western Australia.
  • Department for Planning and Infrastructure, July 2004 - July 2005
    State of Western Australia. Principal Investigator, $45,000. Network City: Implementing a TOD plan for Perth, Western Australia.
  • National Cooperative Highway Research Program, February 2004
    Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Science. Co-Principal Investigator with Jan Wells, $25,000. Transit-Oriented Development: Developing a Strategy to Measure Success.
  • NJ Transit, January 2003
    Co-Principal Investigator with Martin Robins and Darius Sollohub, $25,000. Jersey City Transit-Oriented Development Graduate Studio Study.
  • State of New Jersey, Department of Transportation, July 2002
    Co-Principal Investigator with Jan Wells, $131,000. Evaluation of the New Jersey Transit Villages Initiative.
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, July 2002
    Predissertation Travel Grant, $2,000. Travelled to transit-oriented developments and met with planners, developers, and administrators in Denver, San Diego, and Los Angeles.
  • City of Joondalup, Australia, June 2001
    Principal Investigator, $3,000. Local Commercial Centers Economic Comparison Study.
  • State Government of Western Australia, February 2001
    Co-Principal Investigator with Sergio Porta, $8,000. Study of Neighborhood and Street Design.
  • City of Rockingham, Australia, February 2001
    Co-Principal Investigator with Peter Newman, $2,000. Land Use and Economic Analysis of Potential Transit Oriented Development Sites.

Teaching

John has lectured undergraduate, masters and doctoral students in the Department of Planning and Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans since 2005. Prior to that, he lectured master's level students at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

Here is a list of the courses that John has taught:

  • Introduction to Transportation Studies
  • Introduction to Transportation Planning
  • Land Use and Transportation Planning
  • Applied Techniques for Transportation Planners
  • Doctoral Research Methods
  • History, Practice and Theory of Planning
  • Sustainable Urban Development

In addition to these courses, John served as a Teaching Assistant for the following courses while he was a graduate student:

  • Urban Planning Studio - Redevelopment of West Side Station in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Planning Methods

Publications

Books

  • Renne, J. and Fields, B. (eds.) (2013) Transport Beyond Oil: Policy choices for a multimodal future. Washington, D.C.: Island Press.
  • Curtis, C., Renne, J. and Bertolini, L. (eds.) (2009) Transit Oriented Development: Making it happen. Surrey, UK: Ashgate.

Journal articles

Refereed Monographs

  • Matherly, D., Landon, N., Wolshon, B., Murray-Tuite, P., Renne, J., Thomas, R., Mobley, J. and Reinhardt, K. A Guide to Regional Tranportation Planning for Disasters, Emergencies and Significant Events. NCHRP Report 777.
  • Matherly, D., Jane Mobley Associates, Wolshon, B., Renne, J., Thomas, R., Nichols, E. (2013) A Transportation Guide for All-Hazards Emergency Evacuation. NCHRP Report 740. Washington, D.C.: Transportation Research Board of the National Academics
  • Renne, J., Bartholomew, K. and Wontor, P. (2011) Transit-Oriented and Joint Development: Case Studies and Legal Issues. Legal Research Digest 36, Washington, D.C.: Transit Cooperative Research Program, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, pp. 1-38.
  • Renne, J. and Wells, J. (2005) Transit-Oriented Development: Developing a Strategy to Measure Success. Research Results Digest 295, Washington, D.C.: National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, pp. 1-31.

Book Chapters

  • Renne, J. and Fields, B.(2013) Introduction: Moving from Disaster to Opportunity: Transitioning the Transportation Sector from Oil Dependence. in Renne, J. and Fields, B. (eds.) Transport Beyond Oil: Policy Choices for a Multimodal Future. Washington D.C.: Island Press, pp 1-8
  • Renne, J. (2013) The pent-up demand for transit-oriented development and its role in reducing oil depdence. Chapter 13 in Renne, J. and Fields, B. (eds.) Transport Beyond Oil: Policy choices for a multimodal future, Washington, D.C.: Island Press, pp. 226-243.
  • Renne, J. (2011) Evacuation Planning for Vulnerable Populations: Lessons from the New Orleans City Assisted Evacuation Plan. Chapter 8 in Liu, A., Anglin, R., Mizelle, R. and Plyer, A. (eds.) Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the U.S. Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita, Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, pp. 120-130.
  • Renne, J. (2009) Measuring the Success of Transit Oriented Development. Chapter 18 in Curtis, C., Renne, J. and Bertolini, L. (eds.) Transit Oriented Development: Making It Happen, Surrey, UK: Ashgate: pp. 241-255.
  • Renne, J. (2009) Evaluating Transit-Oriented Development Using a Sustainability Framework: Lessons from Perth's Network City. In Tsenkova, S. (ed.) Planning Sustainable Communities: Diversity of Approaches and Implementation Challenges, Calgary: University of Calgary Press, pp. 115-148.
  • Renne, J. (2008) Evacuation and Equity: A post-Katrina New Orleans diary. In, Overlooked America, edited by the editors of Planning magazine, Chicago: Planners Press, (reprint of May 2006 article in Planning), pp. 165-168.
  • Renne, J. (2007) Measuring the Success of Transit-Oriented Development Using a Sustainability Framework: TOD Outcome Analysis. In, Thwaites, K., Porta, S., Romice, O. and Greaves, M. (eds.) Urban Sustainability through Environmental Design: Approaches to time, People and Place, Routledge, pp. 106-111.
  • Renne, J. (2007) Transit-Oriented Development: Measuring Benefits, Analyzing Trends, and Evaluating Policy in New Jersey. In Richards, M. (ed.) Reaction and Reform in New Jersey, Trenton, New Jersey: Hall Institute of Public Policy, pp. 97-133.

Conference Papers

  • Renne, J., Ewing, R. and Hamidi, S.
  • "Transit Cummuting and the Built Environment in Station Areas across the United States," Transportation Reserach Board Conference, Washington D.C., January 2015
  • Renne, J. Beating the Great Recession: A National Analysis Home Values in TODs from 1996 - 2012," International Transportation Economic Development Conference, Dallas, Texas, April 2014
  • Tolford, T. and Renne, J. "Development of a Low-Cost Methodology for Evaluating Pedestrian Safety in Support of Complete Streets Policy Implementation," January 2014 Transportation Research Board Conference, Washington, D.C., January 2014.
  • Renne, J. "Comparing Evacuation Planning and Policy for Vulnerable Populations in the United States and United Kingdom," National Evacuation Conference and International Disaster Conference and Expo, New Orleans, Louisiana, February, 2014.
  • Renne, J. and Ewing, R. "Transit Commuting and the Built Environment: An Analysis of America's Station Precincts," AESOP - ASCP Joint Congress: Planning for Resilient Cities and Regions, Dublin, Ireland, July 16, 2013.
  • John Renne. "Social Exclusion in Evacuation Planning: Carless and Vulnerable Populations," 3rd World Planning Schools Congress, Perth, Australia, July 4, 2011.
  • John Renne. "Evacuation and Social Exclusion: Evacuation Planning for Vulnerable Populations, Lessons from the New Orleans City Assisted Evacuation Plan," Urban Affairs Association National Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 18, 2011.
  • John Renne. "Value Capture and Transit Oriented Development: A Hidden Source for Rail Operations," World Conference on Transport Research, Lisbon, Portugal, July 11, 2010.
  • John Renne and Robert Peterson. "Mass Exodus," 50th Annual Conference of the Association of the Collegiate Schools of Planning, Crystal City, Virginia, October 1, 2009.
  • John Renne, Thomas Sanchez, Pam Jenkins, and Robert Peterson. "The Challenge of Evacuating the Carless in Five Major U.S. Cities: Identifying the Key Issues being Faced," 88th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., January 12, 2009.
  • John Renne, Thomas Sanchez and Pam Jenkins. "The Challenge of Evacuating the Carless in Five Major U.S. Cities," ACSP - AESOP 4th Joint Congress: Bridging the Divide: Celebrating the City, Chicago, Illinois, Tuesday, July 10, 2008.
  • John Renne. "Evaluating Transit-Oriented Development Using a Sustainability Framework: Lessons from Perth's Network City," 87th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington, D.C., January 14, 2008.
  • John Renne. "Evaluating Transit-Oriented Development Using a Sustainability Framework: Lessons from Perth's Network City," 13th Annual International Sustainable Development Research Conference, Västerås, Sweden, June 10, 2007.
  • John Renne and Thomas Sanchez. "America's Crisis in Evacuation Planning." Association of College Schools of Planning Conference. Ft. Worth, Texas, November 10, 2006.
  • John Renne. "Thirty Years Before the TOD." Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference. Kansas City, Missouri, October 27, 2005.
  • John Renne. "30 Years in Trends of Transit-Oriented Development across America." TOD: Making It Happen Conference, Fremantle, Western Australia, July 6, 2005.
  • Mathew Cuddy and John Renne. "Improving Urban Parking Standards: Comparing Methods to Estimate Household Vehicle Availability." Association of the Collegiate Schools of Planning, 2004 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon, October 21 - 24, 2004.
  • John Renne and Jan Wells. "Emerging European-Style Planning in the United States: Transit-Oriented Development." Presented at the Association of European Schools of Planning - Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning 2003 Joint Congress. Leuven, Belgium. July 8-12, 2003.
  • Sergio Porta and John Renne. "Formal Indicators of Social Urban Sustainability Field Research in Perth, Western Australia." Presented at the 5th Symposium of the International Urban Planning and Environment Association, Creating Sustainable Urban Environments: Future Forms for City Living. Christ Church, Oxford. September 23-26, 2002.

News Articles, Editorials, and Professional Blogs

Book Reviews

  • Renne, J. (2012) Collaborative Resilience: Moving Through Crisis to Opportunity (by Bruce Evan Goldstein, Ed.) Journal of the American Planning Association, 78(2): 213.
  • Renne, J. (2003) Breaking Gridlock: Moving Toward Transportation that Works (by Jim Motavalli). Journal of the American Planning Association, 69(2): 202-203.

Professional Reports

  • Renne, J., Kerns, A. and Alhawiti, R. (2016) Abacoa Florida Socioeconomic Community Profile. Center for Urban and Environmental Solutions, Florida Atlantic University.
  • Renne, J. and Listokin, D. (2016) Guide to Facilitate Historic Preservation through Transit-Oriented Development. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Southwest Region University Transportation Center.
  • Renne, J., Listokin, D., Tolford, T., Mosby, K. and Amdal, J. (2015) The Tensions and Opportunities of Historic Preservation and Transit Oriented Development. Prepared for the Southwest University Transportation Center at Texas A&M University.
  • Renne, J. and Tolford, T. (2015) Development of Minimum State Requirements for Local Growth Management Policies: Final Report. Prepared for the Louisiana Transportation Research Center, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.
  • Renne, J., Amdal, J., Shah, V., Mosby, K. and Puczkowskyj, N. (2014) Alternative Fuels Assessment, Capital Area Transit System, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • Tolford, T., Renne, J., Bruno, L. (2013) Development of Minimum State Requirements for Local Growth Management Policies: Socioeconomic and Demographic Trends Analysis, Prepared for the Louisiana Transportation Research Center, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.
  • Tolford, T., Renne, J., Bruno, L. (2013) Development of Minimum State Requirements for Local Growth Management Policies: Literature Review, Prepared for the Louisiana Transportation Research Center, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.
  • Renne, J. and Ewing, R. (2013) Transit Oriented Development: An Examination of America's Transit Precincts in 2000 & 2010. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency.
  • Renne, J. and Sanchez, T. (2012) National Study on Carless and Special Needs Evacuation Planning: Project Executive Summary. Prepared for the Federal Transit Administration.
  • Renne, J., Sanchez, T. and Brown, L. (2012) Mobilizing Your Community for Emergency Evacuation: A Guidebook for Vulnerable Populations. Prepared for the Federal Transit Administration
  • Renne, J., Sanchez, T. and Brown, L. (2012) Mobilizing Your Community for Emergency Evacuation: Vulnerable Populations Planning Workbook. Prepared for the Federal Transit Administration.
  • Renne, J., Sanchez, T. and Brown, L. (2012) Mobilizing Your Community for Emergency Evacuation: Summary of Stakeholder Workshops. Prepared for the Federal Transit Administration.
  • Renne, J. (ed.) (2010) State of Transportation Planning 2010. Transportation Planning Division, American Planning Association.
  • Renne, J. (2009) Auditing Neighborhoods, Streets and Intersections for Pedestrian Safety: A Toolkit for Communities. Prepared for the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission.
  • Renne, J., Sanchez, T. and Peterson, R. (2009) National Study on Carless and Special Needs Evacuation Planning: Case Studies. Prepared for the Federal Transit Administration's Office of Civil Rights.
  • Renne, J., Jenkins, P., Sanchez, T. and Peterson, R. (2008) National Study on Carless and Special Needs Evacuation Planning: Stakeholder Focus Groups in Chicago, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco. Prepared for the Federal Transit Administration's Office of Civil Rights.
  • Renne, J., Sanchez, T., and Litman, T. (2008) National Study on Carless and Special Needs Evacuation Planning: A Literature Review, Prepared for the Federal Transit Administration's Office of Civil Rights.
  • Renne, J. and Ibanez, J. (2008) White Paper on Carless and Special Needs Evacuation Planning. Prepared for the National Conference on Emergency Evacuation. Sponsored by the Community Transportation Association of America.
  • Wolshon, B., Renne, J., Haughey, P., Dufour, W. and Naghawi, H. (2008) Using TRANSIMS to Model the Evacuation of New Orleans During Hurricane Katrina. Prepared for the Federal Highway Authority, March 2008.
  • Renne, J. (2007) Measuring the Performance of Transit-Oriented Developments in Western Australia. Prepared for the Western Australian Department for Planning and Infrastructure and the Public Transport Authority, Planning and Transport Research Centre and the Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy, Murdoch University and the University of New Orleans Transportation Center.
  • Blakely, E., Black, J. and Renne, J. (2006) Public Transport and Transit Oriented Development: A Review of International Literature with Particular Reference to Buses. Prepared for the New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority, Planning Research Centre, University of Sydney.
  • Blakely, E., Black, J., Bista, S. and Renne, J. (2006) Framework for the Planning and Assessment of Transit Oriented Developments and Bus Transport. Prepared for the New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority, Planning Research Centre, University of Sydney.
  • Renne, J. (2005) Transit-Oriented Development in Western Australia: Attitudes, Obstacles, and Opportunities, Prepared for the Western Australia Department for Planning and Infrastructure: Planning and Transport Research Centre, Murdoch University.
  • Wells, J. and Renne, J. (2004) Transit Villages in New Jersey: Implementation of the Assessment Tool. Prepared for the New Jersey Department of Transportation: Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
  • Renne, J. and Wells, J. (2003) Transit Villages in New Jersey: Public Opinion and Attitudes. Prepared for the New Jersey Department of Transportation: Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
  • Wells, J. and Renne, J. (2003) Transit Villages in New Jersey: Recommendations and Assessment for Accountability. Prepared for the New Jersey Department of Transportation: Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
  • Wells, J. and Renne, J. (2003) Transit Villages in New Jersey: Success Factors, Obstacles, and Recommendations. Prepared for the New Jersey Department of Transportation: Voorhees Transportation Policy Institute, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
  • Wells, J. and Renne, J. (2003) Demographics of the New Jersey Transit Villages. Prepared for the New Jersey Department of Transportation: Voorhees Transportation Policy Institute, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
  • Renne, J. and Wells, J. (2002) State of the Literature: Transit-Oriented Development. Prepared for the New Jersey Department of Transportation: Voorhees Transportation Policy Institute, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.
  • Porta, S., Renne, J., Newman, P., Stanton-Hicks, E., Colgan, D., Bolitho, S. and Louis, J. (2002) Urban Design Formal Indicators Study. Prepared for the Western Australia Ministry for Planning. Perth, Australia: Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy.
  • Renne, J. and Newman, P. (2001) Land Use and Economic Analysis of Potential Transit Oriented Development Sites: A Case Study in Rockingham. Prepared for the City of Rockingham, Australia. Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy.
  • Renne, J. (2001) Local Commercial Centres Comparison Study. Prepared for the City of Joondalup, Australia. Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy.
  • Renne, J. (2000) Station-Oriented Development: An Analysis and Proposition for Creating Analogues. Master's Thesis, University of Colorado at Denver, Department of Planning and Design.