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Gerrit-Jan Knaap, executive director of the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, is an economist and professor of Urban Studies and Planning in the University of Maryland's School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He also is director of the Environmental Finance Center and the Transportation Policy Research Group. He is an ex officio member of the Governor's Smart Growth Sub-Cabinet.
Dr. Knaap is the author of more than 75 articles and seven books on state and local land use planning and economics. His research interests include the economics and politics of land use planning, and efficacy of economic development instruments, and impacts of environmental policy.
He is co-author, editor, or co-editor of seven books: Land Market Monitoring for Smart Urban Growth; Environmental Program Evaluation; Spatial Development in Indonesia; The Regulated Landscape: Lessons on State Land Use Planning from Oregon; Partnerships for Smart Growth: University-Community Collaboration for Better Public Places; Incentives, Regulations, and Plans: The Role of States and Nation-States in Smart Growth Planning; and, Planning in the Face of Markets: A Guide to Land Use Planning in a Market Economy.
He received the "2006 Outstanding Planner Award" from the Maryland chapter of the American Planning Association. He earned a B.S. from Willamette University, his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, and received post-doctoral training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, all in economics.