Evelyn Blumenberg

Evelyn Blumenberg is the Director of the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies and an Urban Planning professor within the Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Her research examines the effects of urban structure — the spatial location of residents, employment, and services — on economic outcomes for low-wage workers, and on the role of planning and policy in shaping the spatial structure of cities.

Professor Blumenberg’s recent projects include analyses of trends in transit ridership, gender and travel behavior, low-wage workers and the changing commute, and the relationship between automobile ownership and employment outcomes among the poor.

Professor Blumenberg was honored in 2014 as a White House Champion of Change for her research on the links between transportation access, employment, and poverty.

Professor Blumenberg holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in urban planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.

She teaches courses on planning history and theory, research design, poverty and inequality, transportation and poverty, and urban policy.


Journal Articles

1. Blumenberg, Evelyn and Hannah King (forthcoming).  “Low-Income Workers, Residential Location, and the Changing Commute in the U.S.,” Built Environment.

2. Blumenberg, Evelyn, Andrew Schouten, Miriam Pinski, and Martin Wachs (2019).  “Physical Accessibility and Employment among Older Adults in California,” Journal of the Transportation Research Board, June.

3. Blumenberg, Evelyn, Anne Brown, Kelcie Ralph, Brian D. Taylor, and Carole Turley Vougaris (2019).  “A resurgence in urban living? Trends in residential location patterns of young and older adults since 2000,” Urban Geography.

4. Blumenberg, Evelyn, Anne Brown, and Andrew Schouten (2018).  “Car-Deficit Household: Determinants and Implications for Household Travel,” Transportation.

5. Morris, Eric A., Andrew Mondschein, and Evelyn Blumenberg (2018).  “Is Bigger Better? Metropolitan Area Population, Access, Activity Participation, and Quality of Life,” Journal of Transport and Land Use, 11(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.5198/jtlu.2018.934

6. Blumenberg, Evelyn and Gregory Pierce (2017).  “Car Access and Long-Term Poverty Exposure: Evidence from the Moving to Opportunity (MTO) Experiment,” Journal of Transport Geography, 65:  92-100.

7.  Voulgaris, Carole Turley, Brian D. Taylor, Evelyn Blumenberg, Anne Brown, and Kelcie Ralph (2017).  “Synergistic Neighborhood Relationships with Travel Behavior: An Analysis of Travel in 30,000 U.S. Neighborhoods,” Journal of Transport and Land Use, 10(2):  1-25.

8. Blumenberg, Evelyn and Gregory Pierce (2017).  “The Drive to Work:  The Relationship between Transportation Access, Housing Assistance and Employment among Participants in the Welfare to Work Voucher Program,” Journal of Planning Education and Research, 37(1):  66-82.

9. Ralph, Kelcie, Carole Turley Voulgaris, Brian D. Taylor, Evelyn Blumenberg, and Anne Brown (2016).  “Millennials, built form, and travel insights from a nationwide typology of U.S. neighborhoods,” Journal of Transport Geography, 57:  218-226.

10. Blumenberg, Evelyn, Kelcie Ralph, Michael Jon Smart, and Brian D. Taylor (2016).  “Who Knows about Kids these Days?  Analyzing the Determinants of Youth and Adult Mobility in the U.S. between 1990 and 2009,” Transportation Research Part A Policy and Practice 93:39-54.

11. Blumenberg, Evelyn (2016).  “Why Low-Income Women in the U.S. Still Need Automobiles,” Town Planning Review, 87(5):  525-545.

12. Brown, Anne, Evelyn Blumenberg, Brian D. Taylor, Carole Turley Voulgaris, and Kelcie Ralph (2016).  “A Taste for Transit? Analyzing Public Transit Use Trends among Youth,” Journal of Public Transportation, 19(1):  49-67.

13. Blumenberg, Evelyn and Trevor Thomas (2014).  “Travel Behavior of the Poor Post-Welfare Reform,” Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 2452:  53-61.

14. Blumenberg, Evelyn and Asha Weinstein Agrawal (2014).  “Getting Around When You’re Just Getting By: Transportation Survival Strategies of the Poor” Journal of Poverty, 18:  355-378.

15.  Blumenberg, Evelyn and Gregory Pierce (2014).  “A Driving Factor in Mobility?  Transportation’s Role in Connecting Subsidized Housing and Employment Outcomes in the Moving to Opportunity (MTO) Program,” Journal of the American Planning Association, 80(1):  52-66.

16. Blumenberg, Evelyn and Gregory Pierce (2014).  “Multimodal Travel and the Poor: Evidence from the 2009 National Household Travel Survey,” Transportation Letters. 6(1):  36-45, January.

17. Evelyn Blumenberg and Michael Smart (2014).  “Brother Can You Spare a Ride?  Carpooling in Immigrant Neighborhoods,” Urban Studies, 51(9), 1871-1890.