Dr. Lawrence D. Frank, PhD, AICP, ASLA, MCIP
Director | Health & Community Design Lab
Professor | Schools of Population and Public Health & Community and Regional Planning
Dr. Frank is the Bombardier Chairholder and Professor in Sustainable Transport and the Director of the Health and Community Design Lab at the University of British Columbia. He specializes in the interaction between land use, travel behavior, air quality, and health. He has been studying the effects of neighborhood walkability on travel patterns and sustainability for 25 years and has led over $20 million in funded research and lead or co-authored over 200 peer reviewed articles and reports, as well as two of the leading books Health and Community Design and Urban Sprawl and Public Health, on these topics. Dr. Frank’s work is highly cited. Thompson and Reuters placed him in the top 1% globally within all of the social sciences as a highly cited scholar in 2014 with over 11,000 citations of his work. He is amongst the most highly cited planning academics in the world- primarily for his ground breaking work on the links between the built environment and health. Dr. Frank works directly with local, regional, provincial or state, and federal agencies to help translate research into practice–based tools that provide direct feedback on the health and environmental impacts of alternative transportation and land development proposals. His position at UBC is split between the Schools of Community and Regional Planning in the Faculty of Applied Science and Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine.