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Sabina Deitrick

Sabina Deitrick, PhD

Urban & Regional Analysis Program
· Program Director

3343 Forbes Ave
Room 236
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone:  412-624-3092


Sabina Deitrick is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and Co-director of Urban and Regional Analysis program at the University Center for Social and Urban Research (UCSUR) at the University of Pittsburgh. Her recent research focuses on community and economic development and changes in post-industrial cities. She is an Associate Editor of Economic Development Quarterly, and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Urban Affairs. She received her BA and MA from the University of Pennsylvania and PhD in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

Teaching and Research Areas

Economic and community development, regional planning, brownfields revitalization, post-industrial cities.

Selected Publications

  • When Fracking Comes to Town: Governance, Planning, and Economic Impacts of the US Shale Boom, co-editor with Ilia Murtazashvili, Cornell University Press, in press, 2021.

  • “Confronting the Pittsburgh Narrative: Renaissance, Renewal, and the Tensions of Authenticity,” with Michael Glass. In A. Cole, A. Healy and C Morel-Journel (eds.), The Role of Urban Narratives: Governing Cities and the (Re)Making of Cities, Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2021.

  • “Local Planning and the Shell Cracker Plant,” with Rebecca Matsco. In S. Deitrick and I. Murtazashvili (eds.), When Fracking Comes to Town, Cornell University Press, forthcoming 2021.

  • “Comment on Industrial Policy and Local Economic Transformation: Lessons from the Rustbelt,” co-author with Christopher Briem, Economic Development Quarterly, forthcoming 2021.

  • “Quality of Life and Demographic-Racial Dimensions of Differences in Most Livable Pittsburgh,” with Chris Briem, Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal, 14 (2020-2021), forthcoming.

  • “Environment and Resident Perception: Using Geographic Information Systems and Survey Methods,” with Scott Beach, Ellen Kinnee, and Meg Streiff, American Journal of Health Studies, 35/2 (2020).

  • Review of The Political Economy of Capital Cities, by H. Mayer, F. Sager, D. Kaufmann, and M. Warland, Journal of Urban Affairs (2020).

  • “Contrasting Different Geographies in Fair Market Rents: Implications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program in Pittsburgh, PA,” with Mike Blackhurst (lead) and Chris Briem, Cityscape, 21, no. 3 (November 2019): 187-206.

  • “Most Livable Pittsburgh,” Community Livability, 2nd edition, Fritz Wagner and Roger Caves, eds., Taylor and Francis/Routledge, 2020.

  • A Comprehensive Assessment of Pennsylvania's Military Installations, Final Report, with Colleen Cain, Christopher Briem, and Erik Pages. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Military and Community Enhancement Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and University of Pittsburgh Center for Social and Urban Research, June 2018. Full report + 12 individual installation reports.

  • Evaluating Bicycle, Pedestrian, Transit and Economic Data Collection Needs and Measures of Effectiveness in Pennsylvania, Final Report, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, with Mark J. Magalotti (first author) and Michael Blackhurst. PennDOT Contract # 4400011482. Center for Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure, University of Pittsburgh, February 2018.

  • “Military installations support our communities around Pennsylvania — We need to support them back,” PennLive Op-Ed, The Patriot News, 18 October 2018.

Consultancies, Public Service, and Awards/Honors

  • Urban Affairs Association Distinguished Service Honor Roll, May 2020.

  • Tracy Soska and John Wilds Outreach and Engagement Leadership Award, University of Pittsburgh, March 2020.

  • Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, Rent Reform Policy and Family Self Sufficiency Evaluation and Alternative Small Area Fair Market Rent Program, co-PI with M. Blackhurst, 2017 – 2018.

  • Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission, Comprehensive Economic Impact Analysis, 2017 – 2018.

  • Board Member, Steel Valley Authority, 2018 – present.

  • Member, Planning Commission, City of Pittsburgh, 2015 – present.

  • Member, ASPA-Keystone Chapter, Board of Directors member, 2017 – present.


  • PIA 2705, Neighborhood and Community Development

  • PIA 2188, Economic Development Strategies and Practice

  • PIA 2096, Capstone Seminar in Planning and Governance

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