Professor of Urban Planning
Michael A. Burayidi is an urban planning scholar and intellectual with interest in downtown redevelopment and planning with multiple publics. He has authored and/edited seven books in this area of scholarship for which he is nationally and internationally renowned. They include, Cities and the Politics of Difference: Multiculturalism and Diversity in Urban Planning (University of Toronto Press 2015); City Resilience (a 4-volume compendium on planning for city resilience, Routledge, 2015); Resilient Downtowns: A New Approach to Revitalizing the Centers of Small and Medium City Downtowns (Routledge 2013); Downtowns: Revitalizing the Centers of Small Urban Communities (Rutledge 2001); Urban Planning in a Multicultural Society (Praeger 2000); Race and Ethnic Relations in the First Person (with Alfred T. Kisubi, Praeger 1998); and Multiculturalism in a Cross National Perspective (University Press of America 1997).
His expertise on downtowns has been shared in the popular press in newspapers across the US and by invitation in such magazines as Public Management Magazine, the official magazine of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and Downtown Idea Exchange, a national forum for downtown redevelopment.
Burayidi has also provided consulting services for public and private sector organizations nationally and internationally, most recently to the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) in the provision of affordable housing in Ghana, in the preparation of a downtown development plan for the city of Danville, IN, and a workshop for city leaders in the City of Riverside, CA. He also provided consulting services to local and state government agencies in transportation planning, housing, economic development and municipal finance, among others.
Professionally, he serves the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) as a site visitor to planning schools seeking the accreditation and re-accreditation of their professional planning programs, has reviewed book proposals for Routledge and Sage, and regularly reviews journal articles for the Journal of Planning Education and Research, the Journal of the American Planning Association, Planning Theory and Practice and numerous other journals on urban planning and regional development.