Dr. Arthur C. Nelson, FAICP, is Presidential Professor of City & Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah where he is also Director of the Metropolitan Research Center, Adjunct Professor of Finance, and Co-Director of the Master of Real Estate Development Program.
Dr. Nelson has conducted pioneering research in public finance, development policy, smart growth, economic development, and metropolitan development patterns. He has written more than 20 books, 100 refereed articles, and 300 other works.
Numerous organizations have sponsored Dr. Nelson’s research such as the National Science Foundation; National Academy of Sciences; U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, and Transportation; Environmental Protection Agency; Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; Ford Foundation; American Planning Association; National Association of Realtors; Urban Land Institute; and The Brookings Institution.
Prior to academia, Dr. Nelson managed his own West Coast consultancy in planning and management. In 2000, his professional planning, education, and research accomplishments were recognized with election to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners. During 2000-01, he served HUD as an expert on smart growth for the Clinton and Bush Administrations. In this capacity, he helped expand HUD’s university scholarship programs and create HUD’s doctoral fellowship program focusing in urban economics.
Dr. Nelson serves in various editorial capacities for the Journal of the American Planning Association (currently Associate Editor and formerly Book Review and Planners' Notebook editor), Housing Policy Debate (past editor), Journal of Urban Affairs (formerly Associate Editor), Journal of Planning Education and Research, and the Journal of Planning Literature among others.
Dr. Nelson has earned scholar of the year honors in Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech, teacher of the year and professional educator of the year honors in Architecture at Georgia Tech, and young researcher of the year honors at the University of New Orleans. His students have won numerous awards including the National Student Project of the Year award given by the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Dr. Nelson's books have shaped the fields of infrastructure finance, smart growth, and land use planning. His writings have won national awards and international distinction including the Paul Davidoff Award given by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning for his contribution to The Geography of Opportunity edited by Xavier de Sousa Briggs, citation by the Public Affairs Information Service for having one of the world's top-100 articles in the social sciences from among more than 15,000 published, and recognition by the American Planning Association for having published one of its most important books during its first 25 years.
Dr. Nelson’s current work focuses on how demographic economic forces along with shifts in housing preference will reshape America’s metropolitan areas for the rest of this century.
Dr. Nelson's teaching, research and publishing areas include:
Metropolitan development policy and patterns
Public facility planning and finance
Real estate development
Urban infill and redevelopment methods
Dr. Nelson received an honorary commission as Lt. Colonel in the Georgia militia from Governor Joe Frank Harris for service to the state.