Kelly J Clifton

She/hers

PhD, C.A.R.P, MS, Planning, BS, Mech. Eng.

Professor, Bombardier Chair

  • Office: LASR 428

Kelly J. Clifton is an internationally-recognized expert on transport and land use interactions, travel behaviour, pedestrian modeling, and equity in transportation policy. She has worked to elevate public impact research through partnerships with public agencies and community groups. Previously, Kelly was Professor of Portland State University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering, an affiliate of the Urban Studies and Planning Program, and a Fellow in the Institute for Sustainable Solutions. In addition to her faculty appointments there, she served as the interim Associate Vice President for Research for the campus and was the former Associate Dean of Research for the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science. She has also held faculty positions at the University of Maryland and University of Iowa. Kelly has a PhD in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin, MS in Planning from the University of Arizona, and BS in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University. In her free time, she enjoys listening to live music, outdoor recreation, cooking for others, traveling to world cities, solving crossword puzzles, and photographing street art.

Kelly’s research, teaching, and service focus on transportation and how human mobility is shaped by their needs, the built environment, and technology. Her work bridges the fields of transportation planning and engineering. She currently has several ongoing projects: • She leads a team of investigators examining how consumers changed their grocery shopping and restaurant habits during the pandemic, including the adoption of e-commerce platforms and delivery services. • For many years, she has been developing and improving the Model of Pedestrian Demand (MoPeD), a planning tool for forecasting walking behaviours. • She is working with an interdisciplinary team to create a non-fiction comic about the transportation and land development process based upon her research. Kelly has also engaged several international collaborations: • She was a Hans Fischer Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Technical University of Munich until 2020. There, she and her students worked within the Modeling Spatial Mobility lab to incorporate MoPeD into land use-transport interaction models and health impact assessments. • She was the inaugural Chair of the World Symposium of Transport and Land Use Research (wstlur.org) and currently serves on the board. • She was appointed as a Fulbright Scholar to Portugal in 2016 and was a visiting scholar at the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon.

Kelly Clifton

Research and Specialties

  • EDI perspectives and practice
  • Technology
  • Transportation

Publications

Website

UBC Crest The official logo of the University of British Columbia. Arrow An arrow indicating direction. Arrow in Circle An arrow indicating direction. Caret An arrowhead indicating direction. E-commerce Cart A shopping cart. Time A clock. Chats Two speech clouds. Facebook The logo for the Facebook social media service. Home A house in silhouette. Information The letter 'i' in a circle. Instagram The logo for the Instagram social media service. Linkedin The logo for the LinkedIn social media service. Location Pin A map location pin. Mail An envelope. Telephone An antique telephone. Play A media play button. Search A magnifying glass. Arrow indicating share action A directional arrow. Speech Bubble A speech bubble. Speaker emmitting sound A speaker emmitting sound. Star An outline of a star. Twitter The logo for the Twitter social media service. Urgent Message An exclamation mark in a speech bubble. User A silhouette of a person. Vimeo The logo for the Vimeo video sharing service. Youtube The logo for the YouTube video sharing service. Future of work A logo for the Future of Work category. Inclusive leadership A logo for the Inclusive leadership category. Planetary health A logo for the Planetary health category. Solutions for people A logo for the Solutions for people category. Thriving cities A logo for the Thriving cities category. University for future A logo for the University for future category.