Joanna P. Ganning

Dr. Joanna P. Ganning joined the University of Utah in 2013, serving as an Assistant Professor in City and Metropolitan Planning and as the Associate Director of the Metropolitan Research Center. Her research focuses quantitatively on place-based economic development planning, natural resources, and the interface between the two. Recent projects include various studies of shrinking cities. Her work aims to provide data-driven analyses of potential responses to issues of vacancy, disinvestment, and redevelopment, and to understand the demographic and economic mechanisms at play in shrinking cities. Dr. Ganning also works on issues relating to coupled human-natural systems, focusing primarily on the relationships between economic development and natural resource management.

Dr. Ganning’s research has been funded by various organizations and agencies, including the Rural Sociological Society, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Institute for Transportation and Communities.

Dr. Ganning earned a Ph.D. in Regional Planning at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2010. She holds a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech and a BS in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State University.

Joanna P. Ganning, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of City & Metropolitan Planning
Associate Director, Metropolitan Research Center
University of Utah