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Spatial planner to head urban planning and policy at UIC

Thursday, January 19, 2017  
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Zorica Nedović-Budić, an expert in spatial planning and technologies, is the new head of urban planning and policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her appointment became effective Jan. 1.

Nedović-Budić's research interests involve the implementation of geographic information systems in local government and urban planning; development of spatial data infrastructures; and evaluation of those systems and infrastructures on local planning processes and decisions.

"Professor Nedović-Budić is an internationally acclaimed scholar who has been at the forefront of employing spatial technologies to advance the urban planning profession," says Michael Pagano, dean of the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. "With her arrival, UIC's department of urban planning and policy is poised to make great strides in the area of geo-spatial applications."

Nedović-Budić comes to UIC from University College Dublin, where she was professor and chair of spatial planning and technology in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy.

She looks forward to contributing to the continued success and growth of the urban planning and policy department at UIC.

"I am honored to join the urban planning and policy department faculty, which is held in high regard among planning scholars and practitioners, both nationally and internationally," she said. "The department is also an important participant and stakeholder in the context of Chicago's urban environment and communities and its students derive great benefits from being exposed to this magnificent planning laboratory."

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