University of Connecticut University of UC Title Fallback Connecticut

Carol Atkinson-Palombo

Dr. Carol Atkinson-PalomboPh.D., Arizona State (2007)

Office: AUST 424
Office phone: 860-486-3023

Curriculum vitae


Research Interests:

Sustainable Transportation
Sustainable Cities
GIS-based Spatial Analysis


UConn Geography Research Clusters:

Spatial Analysis of Social Issues,
Human-Environment Dynamics


GEOG 1200: The City in the Western Tradition
GEOG 2400: Introduction to Sustainable Cities
GEOG 4093: Foreign Study
EVST 4000W: Capstone in Environmental Studies


Selected Publications

Hoen, B. and C. Atkinson-Palombo (2017). “Wind turbines , amenities and disamenities : A study of home value impacts in densely populated Massachusetts.” Journal of Real Estate Research 38(4): 473-504.

Ahangari, H., C. Atkinson-Palombo and N. W. Garrick (2016). “Progress towards zero, an international comparison: Improvements in traffic fatality from 1990 to 2010 for different age groups in the USA and 15 of its peers.” Journal of Safety Research 57: 61-70.

Garceau, T., C. Atkinson-Palombo and N. Garrick (2014). Peak travel and the decoupling of vehicle travel from the economy. Transportation Research Record: 41-48.

Atkinson-Palombo, C. (2010). “Comparing the capitalisation benefits of light-rail transit and overlay zoning for single-family houses and condos by neighbourhood type in metropolitan phoenix, Arizona.” Urban Studies 47(11): 2409-2426.

Atkinson-Palombo, C.,  M., J. A. Miller and R. C. Balling Jr (2006). “Quantifying the ozone “weekend effect” at various locations in Phoenix, Arizona.” Atmospheric Environment 40(39): 7644-7658.

Funded Research Projects

Transportation Technology & Society, Provost Award 2017-2020

Transportation technologies allowing for self-driving vehicles are emerging rapidly, sparking considerable speculation about how they may revolutionize society. Academic inquiry on this topic is thus far limited, focusing primarily on the science and engineering of enabling technologies such as vehicle sensors. A community of scholars from various academic disciplines who understands the intricacies of the complex systems associated with Transportation Technology & Society (TTS) is urgently needed to examine this potentially disruptive dynamic. The overarching goal of this pilot project is to create an interdisciplinary community of scholars who can collaborate on research and teaching in TTS and understand how to harness the Big Data associated with this technology.


What do we want from Autonomous Vehicles (AVs)? US Dept. of Transportation 2017-2019

This research will use the Transportation Indicator for Sustainable Places (TISP) previously developed by our research group as a framework for evaluating the potential outcomes of three different scenarios under which autonomous vehicles (AVs) could be deployed. The output of this initial deliverable will form the basis for thinking through the wide array of impacts that AVs may have on society, the economy, and the environment. The goal is to avoid repeating mistakes of the past in which people’s needs were subjugated by special interest groups who have a vested interest in championing the benefits of superior technology. Instead of passively responding to technological changes, society—and public agencies such as DOTs that serve society—will be better positioned to shape the outcomes of this ‘socio‐technological’ transition.