Hilary Nixon, Ph.D
Dr. Hilary Nixon is Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban & Regional Planning at San José State University. She also serves as Director of Research and Technology Transfer for the Mineta Transportation Institute. Prior to this role with MTI, she served as a Research Associate for a decade, serving as principle investigator, co-principle investigator, or research team member for 17 different research projects. Dr. Nixon specializes in environmental planning and policy, and also teaches courses on environmental planning, community planning, history and theory of planning, and policy analysis. Her research interests focus primarily on the relationship between transportation and the environment and address such diverse issues as hazardous waste management, transportation finance, sustainable cities, and factors that influence pro-environmental behaviors such as driving fuel efficient vehicles and engaging in active transportation behaviors. Her research has been published in a wide range of peer-reviewed journals including: Environment & Behavior; Environmental Modeling & Assessment; Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development; Journal of Environmental Management; Journal of Environmental Planning and Management; Journal of Public Transportation; Journal of Sustainability Education; Transport Policy; Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice; Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. She earned a B.A. from the University of Rochester and a Ph.D. in Planning, Policy and Design from the University of California, Irvine.