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Phillip R. Berke

At a Glance

Class Year: 1981

Award Year: 2011

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Urban and Regional Science

Profession: Education


Professor of city and regional planning, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Phillip Berke, who earned a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Science in 1981, “is one of the top two or three land use planning scholars in the U.S.,” said David Godschalk, professor emeritus of city and regional planning at the University of North Carolina. He is professor of city and regional planning at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he is the deputy director of the Institute for Environment and the director of the Center for Sustainable Community Design. Berke, said Godschalk, is an internationally recognized land use and environmental planner whose research and publications have made major contributions in the areas of natural hazard mitigation, urban land use planning, growth management, sustainable development and environmental planning and policy. He is also a collaborative research scholar of the International Global Change Institute in New Zealand, presenting research findings at seminars throughout the world. As a faculty member at Texas A&M, Berke helped found the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center in 1988, writing and stewarding the center’s proposal through its authorization process and serving as its first director on an interim basis.