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College of Architecture and Planning
Architecture Building (AB), Room 104
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
Barb Anderson holds a PhD in environmental science from the University of Idaho, a Master of Science in urban and regional planning from University of WI-Madison, and professional degrees in Landscape Architecture from Iowa State (BS) and University of Minnesota (MLA). On top of her academic credentials, Barb has extensive experience in helping cities and regions achieve more environmentally sound policies and practices. Before joining the Ball State Urban Planning faculty in 2013, she was employed as Public Transportation Planning and Policy Manager with Iowa’s Downtown Community Alliance, a nonprofit which facilitates downtown economic development, including “repurposing” historic buildings. Barb advocated for alternative transportation modes to support city revitalization, including carpools, vanpools, buses, bicycles, and walking, and promoted high speed rail connecting Iowa cities with Chicago.
At Ball State, Barb teaches courses in Regional Analysis and Center City Revitalization. Past research work, conducted with the U.S. Forest Service’s Landscape Ecology Research Unit, documented the landscape history of the Lower St. Croix River Valley and assisted with the public participation components of forest planning. She has also been employed with a Dutch university’s Land Use Planning group and as a community organizer in South Dakota.
Environmental planning, urban sustainability, planning theory and history, sustainable transportation, and housing policy
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