I am a PhD Candidate within the Department of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. My dissertation explores the political economy of warehouse development across California, focusing on two case studies - the Inland Empire and North San Joaquin Valley. I am also a Graduate Student Researcher within the Labor Management Partnerships team at the UC Berkeley Labor Center. In 2021, I led the development of a database of minority-owned businesses across the Bay Area as part of a study by the Urban Displacement Project which mapped the vulnerability of minority-owned businesses in the wake of Covid-19.
Prior to commencing my PhD, I worked as an urban planner for eight years in an economics and planning consulting firm in Australia. In that role, I managed a wide range of projects for local, state and federal governments including economic development strategies, housing studies and integrated transport and land use strategies. I hold a Bachelor of Planning (Honours Class 1) and Master of Philosophy (Planning and Urban Development) both from the University of New South Wales. My Masters research explored empirical evidence of knowledge spillovers and its role in driving firm location within two creative industry clusters in Sydney.
laura.schmahmann at berkeley.edu
City and Regional Planning
University of California Berkeley