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Nikhil Kaza

Assistant Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  
919.408.7469 | nkaza@unc.edu
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Nikhil Kaza is assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a research fellow at the UNC Center for Community Capital.

Expertise

  • Urban and regional planning
  • Urban development processes
  • Public and private decision-making
  • Energy planning

Education

  • Ph.D., Regional Planning, 2008, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • M.S., Applied Mathematics, 2007, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • M.U.P., Urban Planning, 2004, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  • B.Arch.(Hons.), Architecture, 2001, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India

About Nikhil Kaza

Nikhil Kaza is assistant professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a research fellow at the UNC Center for Community Capital.

Kaza studies the phenomena of plans and their uses in public and private decision-making. Of particular interest, are urban development processes, energy planning and land use impacts. His work with the center focuses on linkages between energy efficiency and mortgage default.

In his research, Kaza analyzes the motivations and plans of multiple intentional actors endowed with limited capabilities, imperfect foresight and distributed authority in urban settings. He studies the relationships of stated intentions, unstated goals, continually changing situations and how planning by various government and non-government actors account for these interdependencies. Most recently, he has applied that analysis to local energy planning.

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