Experts Available: Biden Administration Infrastructure Plan

Strategic Communications Associate

As the Biden-Harris Administration sets its agenda for its first one hundred days in office, Scholars Strategy Network has compiled a list of experts who are available to be contacted for commentary and analysis on new policy developments. Below are the scholars who can comment on the proposed infrastructure bill. 

You can connect with all researchers available to comment on the Administration's policy priorities here.

Hamilton College

Cannavò is an environmental political theorist focused on how our conceptions of and relationships with the natural world, including how we organize our spatial surroundings into coherent, meaningful places, impact on our fundamental understandings of politics and community. He is available to comment on the environmental/climate justice aspects, the urban/land use planning aspects, and the holistic nature of the Biden-Harris infrastructure plan.

 

"Biden’s sweeping, multifaceted infrastructure and climate plan prioritizes environmental justice. It invests in lower-income communities and communities of color, who have borne the brunt of the climate emergency, and seeks an equitable transition for fossil fuel workers. A key challenge is selling this ambitious plan to a closely divided Congress."

Georgia State University

Dantzler's research examines how and why neighborhoods change and how communities and policymakers create and react to those changes. He is available to comment on poverty, housing policy, transportation, and racial justice.

 

"While the Biden Plan calls for investment in the energy, housing, and transportation sectors, it does not center racial justice within its approach. While many communities need and are owed these resources, the effects of these policies do not address the daily struggles of low-income, communities of color."

Purdue University

Flachs' research focuses on the sociocultural and socioecological aspects of local and global agriculture systems. He is available to comment on agriculture and conservation as well as environmental justice.

 

"The last four years of policymaking have seen regulatory reversals that transferred wealth from farm workers and made it easier for industrial agriculture to pollute at great public expense. Responding to the crises of climate change, environmental injustice, and the coronavirus are opportunities to imagine agriculture otherwise."

University of Texas at Austin

Moore's research focuses on sustainability of the built environment (at the scale of architecture, the city, and region) as well as energy efficiency, technological change, social equity and environmental resilience. He is available to comment on infrastructure; sustainable urbanism, technology, and architecture; building renovation or upgrading; community design and planning; and smart cities.



"Everyone, from President Trump to Representative Ocasio Cortez (NY), believes we must repair our “crumbling infrastructure”. That’s the good news. The bad news is that very few people agree on what infrastructure is, or how to repair it. Answering those two questions is at the heart of how we will live in the future."
 

University of Missouri-St. Louis

Painter’s research is primarily centers around transportation and technology, including public transit, transportation network companies (TNCs), and transportation planning. She is available to comment on Biden's transportation policy, especially within urban systems.

 

"The infrastructure plan’s emphasis on zero-emissions and low population threshold for cities to gain funding opens up opportunities to smaller- and mid-sized cities to test out both innovative and tried-and-true ways of expanding public transportation, such as bus rapid transit (BRT), safe bike lanes, and '15-minute city' initiatives for pedestrians."