The Jammal Lecture is an annual event sponsored by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning that brings eminent scholars in the field of international planning to campus to deliver a public lecture to students, faculty and the community.
The lecture is named in honor of Ibrahim Jammal, who with his wife, Viviane, established the endowed lecture. Dr. Jammal founded the University at Buffalo Department of Planning and served on its faculty for more than 30 years. Dr. Jammal is widely regarded as a major force behind the study of globalization within the field of planning, and the School of Architecture and Planning celebrates this legacy each spring with the Jammal Lecture in planning.
Professor Shen’s research interests center on understanding changes in the spatial organization of cities, their socioeconomic and environmental impacts, and their implications for urban transportation planning and policymaking. Over the past 15 years, he has developed new methodological frameworks for analyzing urban spatial structure, examined the social consequences of automobile-oriented metropolitan development, and investigated the differential impacts of information and communication technologies on various population groups. His current work focuses primarily on the connections between the built environment, travel behavior, and energy consumption and emissions. In addition, he is engaged in collaborative research on urban land use and transportation development strategies in China with colleagues at Tongji University, where he holds a visiting position as Tongji Chair Professor. Professor Shen was educated in China (Zhejiang University), Canada (University of British Columbia) and the United States (University of California, Berkeley, where in 1993 he earned a PhD in City and Regional Planning).