LAURA DEDENBACH

LECTURER,

UNDERGRADUATE + GRADUATE COORDINATOR

laurajd@ufl.edu
(352) 294-1493
ARC 466

EDUCATION

University of Florida, Ph.D., 2016
University of Florida, MAURP, 1999
University of Florida, BA in Political Science, 1996

TEACHING

URP 6203: Planning Research Design (Online)
URP 6603: Development Review
URP 4000: Preview to Urban and Regional Planning
URP 4740: Housing & Urban Development
URP 4882: Defensible Space & CPTED in Urban Design
URP 4905: Neighborhood Planning

RESEARCH

My research interests include crime prevention and the built environment, urban resilience, neighborhood planning, effects of gentrification on neighborhood culture and stability, land use and comprehensive planning, and issues of land use compatibility. My current research focuses on empowerment planning and role of neighborhood narratives in building community resilience.

I also teach a Quest 1 course: IDS 2935, “This Must Be the Place”: Place-based Narratives and Community Identity.

BIO

Dr. Dedenbach received her master’s in urban and regional planning and doctorate in urban and regional planning, with a graduate minor in anthropology, from UF. Her research interests include crime prevention and the built environment, urban resilience, neighborhood planning, empowerment, effects of gentrification on neighborhood culture and stability, land use and comprehensive planning, and issues of land use compatibility. Dr. Dedenbach is currently engaged in research and service-learning projects in Gainesville and Atlanta. 

In addition to her many URP courses, she also teaches a Quest 1 course: IDS 2935, “This Must Be the Place”: Place-based Narratives and Community Identity.

Prior to joining the URP Faculty in 2019 as a Lecturer and Undergraduate and Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Dedenbach was a practicing planner with over 23 years of experience, specializing in comprehensive planning, policy and development planning, and small town and rural planning, as well as being a recognized expert witness on planning and zoning issues by local governments, the Florida Department of Administrative Hearings, and Circuit, Appeals, and Federal courts. She has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) since 2001. 

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