Phil Berke

Philip Berke Ph.D.

Professor, Land Use and Environmental Planning

Director, Institute of Sustainable Coastal Communities at College Station


Office: Scoates Hall 119

Phone: 979-862-3969


Beyond the Basics: Best Practices in Local Mitigation Planning

The Institute for Sustainable Communities

Areas of Interest

Land use and environmental planning, community resilience, and public engagement.


I am a professor of land use and environmental planning in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, and Director of the Institute of Sustainable Coastal Communities at College Station. My work lies at the intersection of land use planning, urban ecology, and community resilience to environmental hazards. It is motivated by a passion to understand the connections among urban development, natural environmental systems, equity, and community governance. An incredibly rewarding aspect of my research is to inspire and empower my students. In my teaching and research, I emphasize active learning, critical thinking, and real-world applications of the concepts and issues related to land use and environmental planning. I am the co-recipient of several best article awards and honorable mention awards from the Journal of the American Planning Association, co-author of a book selected as one of the 100 Essential Books in Planning for the 20th Century by the American Planning Association, and served as a Senior Fulbright Scholar in New Zealand. In 2013, I received the Award for Excellence in Doctoral Student Mentoring by the University of North Carolina Graduate School. My research is currently supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate.