2017 Chester Rapkin JPER Best Paper
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A Closer Look with Sandip Chakrabarti

Chester Rapkin Best Paper Award
(co-authors Genevieve Giuliano and Mohja Rhoads)

Dr. Sandip Chakrabarti is an Assistant Professor in the Public Systems Group at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), India. He has a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Development from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining IIMA, he worked as a tenure-track faculty member of planning, urban studies and transportation at the University of New Orleans. Sandip specializes in transportation policy, and teaches courses in urban transportation planning and management, urban economics, and public policy.

The Chester Rapkin Award for the Best Paper in the Journal of Planning Education and Research has been awarded annually at the ACSP conference since 1988. This award is generously supported by an endowment at the University of Illinois Foundation in Urbana. Click here to read more about the history of this prestigious award.

The 2017 winning paper is: Using Regional Archived Multimodal Transportation System Data for Policy Analysis: A Case Study of the LA Metro Line. JPER Volume 36, Issue 2, Pages 195-209

“This article masterfully connects academic research with the world of urban planning practice to address real and pressing questions while also contributing to scholarship through methodological innovations and new insights into transit planning impacts.” --Award Selection Committee

The winning authors are Sandip Chakrabarti and Genevieve Giuliano with the University of Southern California and Mohja Rhoads with the South Bay Cities Council of Governments.

Here’s A Closer Look at the one of the authors, Dr. Sandip Chakrabarti (co-authors Genevieve Giuliano and Mohja Rhoads will be featured individually):

Q: How did you feel upon accepting the award?
A: I am delighted to get the Best Paper Award.

Q: Who do you want to thank, if anyone?
A: Thanks to the Award Committee members for selecting our paper.

Q: What inspires you about the work for which you won your award?
A: I think using large volumes of real-time multi-modal data creatively can help make better planning decisions.

Q: What's next?

A: New studies in India, and continuing to work with collaborators across the world.



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