Brian Deal, PhD

Brian Deal is an assistant professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include the study of sustainability and urban land use transformation. He is director of the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC) and director of research at Allerton Park and Retreat Center near Monticello, Ill. He is director of the Land Use Evolution and Impact Assessment Modeling Laboratory (LEAM) in the university's Department of Urban & Regional Planning, an interdisciplinary laboratory dedicated to the study of the spatio-temporal dynamics of land-use change and their social, economic and environmental consequences. Deal's work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the states of Illinois and Missouri and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, among other agencies.  He received the Project of the Year award for 2006 from the Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program for a project on military installations and nearby urban areas.