Jana Carp

Jana CarpDr. Jana Carp, Research Professor
359 Rankin Science West

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Chicago, 1999

Curriculum Vitae

Research and Interests:

Urban planning, place-making, production of space theory, sustainable development, community development, public participation and collaborative methods.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Carp is broadly interested in community-based responses to environmental degradation and social injustice. She studies the social and experiential dimensions of ecological restoration projects and collaborations, looking to understand the significance of “place” as both social and ecological, the balance of mental and sensory knowledge, the role of science, and diverse expressions of meaning.

Currently she is studying the Slow movement (Slow Cities, Slow Food, Slow Money, etc.) and its intention to enhance quality of life through enabling greater awareness of both the natural world and human relationships. Her most recent work on the Slow movement has two dimensions. Sometimes she is working on documenting the development of Cittaslow (Slow Cities) in the U.S.. Other times she is working on using the conceptual framework of resilience theory – which describes how we live in complex adaptive social-ecological systems – to understand the role of the Slow movement in social change toward a more sustainable future.



  • Town, City and Regional Planning
  • Land Use Regulations
  • Planning Studio
  • Planning Theory and Process


  • Planning for Sustainable Communities
  • Community Development

Jana Carp. 2012. "The Town's Abuzz:  Collaborative Opportunities for Environmental Professionals in the Slow City Movement." Environmental Practice, Vol. 14, Issue 2, pp. 130-142.

Jana Carp. 2011. “The Study of Slow” in Bruce E. Goldstein, ed., Collaborative Resilience: Moving from Crisis to Opportunity, MIT Press, pp. 99-125.

Kristan Cockerill and Jana Carp. 2009. “Leveraging Opportunities for Campus Sustainability: A Case Study of Water Resources.” Sustainability: Science, Practice, and Policy

Jana Carp. 2008. “’Ground Truthing’ Representations of Social Space: Using Lefebvre’s Conceptual Triad.” Journal of Planning Education and Research 28(2): 129-142. (correct version of Table 3)

Jana Carp. "Wit, Style, and Substance: How Planners Shape Public Participation." Journal of Planning Education and Research 23:3 (Spring 2004).  **This article was the 5 th most downloaded article of all Sage Publications' planning journals published in 2004.

George C. Hemmens, Charles J. Hoch, and Jana Carp, eds. 1996. Under One Roof: Issues and Innovations In Shared Housing. Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press.

Slow Movement Research: