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Colin Crawford


Colin Crawford - Tulane University, USA

Colin Crawford is the Robert C. Cudd Professor of Environmental Law at Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, where he directs the School’s Payson Program in Global Development.  He also directs international development studies at Tulane University’s School of Liberal Arts, and teaches in that program. Before coming to Tulane, Professor Crawford was on the faculty at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta, where he founded the Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth, which has developed new models for field-based education in comparative environmental and land use law.  Professor Crawford has a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA in History from Columbia University and a BA and MA in Modern History from the University of Cambridge, England. He was a Fulbright scholar at the Technological institute of Santo Domingo (INTEC) in the Dominican Republic. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of the Andes in Bogotá, the Oswaldo Cruz Institute in Rio de Janeiro, and at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, among others and had a research fellowship at Brazil’s Institute for Applied Economic Research. His work concentrates on comparative environmental and land use law and policy in the Americas.

Research stay at UC3M: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC STATE LAW (JAN 2017 - JUN 2017)


In collaboration with colleagues at the Pascual Madoz Institute of Land, Urbanism and the Environment, this project proposes to study the dynamics and challenges of infrastructure provision by examining one infrastructure type in depth: urban transport. Transport choices implicate fundamental political and social issues such as environmental quality and social equity. Important questions to make smart choices about urban transport include, for example, the following: are forms of urban transport energy-efficient and/or using renewable energy? What communities, if any, lack more efficient transportation options at reasonable prices and why? Are there differences among communities with respect to the negative environmental externalities created by transportation choices? If so, what are they? And what kind of investment in urban transport will most effectively spur economic growth and nurture it in the long term? While there is much literature (in sociology, economics and political economy, for example) addressing these and related questions, few legal studies seek to understand how law and regulation can help answer these questions. This project aims to help fill that gap.