Please join the Urban Affairs and Planning Program (UAP) in welcoming two new faculty members, Dr. Steven Hankey and Dr. David S. Bieri.

Dr. Hankey joins UAP as an assistant professor. He received his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota and he holds both a master’s degree in urban and regional planning (with a minor in public health) and a master’s of science degree in civil engineering, both also from the University of Minnesota. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Hankey’s dissertation research described cyclists’ and pedestrians’ exposure to particulate air pollution using measurements from a mobile, bicycle-based sampling platform. His research focuses on the spatial patterns of cyclists’ and pedestrians’ exposure to particulate air pollution; measuring and modeling non-motorized traffic; creating healthy, clean neighborhoods; and the indoor air quality impacts of cooking.

Dr. Bieri will join the Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience with a faculty teaching position in UAP as associate professor in January, 2015. A graduate of the University of Durham, UK, the London School of Economics, and Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs, Bieri returns to Blacksburg from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he has held the position of Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning since 2010. Prior to his work in academia, Bieri held various positions at the Bank for International Settlements in Switzerland, including as the adviser to the CEO and as head of business development, responsible for financial product development and reserve management advisory for central banks.

Bieri’s research and teaching interests are at the intersection of public finance and economic geography and his research examines spatial features of credit flows and local economic development, focusing on the dynamics of urbanization and the evolutionary development of the monetary-financial system as a joint historical process. His other research examines regulatory aspects of international finance, global monetary governance, and their function in the process of financialization. In his role with the Global Forum, Bieri will lead the development of a program of scholarship on financial aspects of urban and regional resilience, with a strong emphasis on the political economy of cities and regions.