Evangeline Linkous

Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of South Florida-Main Campus
Chapter Member: Florida SSN
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About Evangeline

 Linkous research is broadly concerned with land use planning and growth management. She focuses on issues related to fiscal and legal instruments in land policy with an emphasis on market-based tools, institutional issues in land governance, the urban/rural interface, agricultural land policy, and land use and transportation.  Linkous’ research has been supported by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and published in journals including the Journal of the American Planning AssociationLand Use Policy, and Urban Affairs Review. Linkous has previously worked in planning and community outreach for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, URS (now AECOM), Sarasota County, and the University of Florida. She holds a PhD (2012) and Master (2004) degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in English from New College of Florida.

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Opinion: "Leveraging Town and Gown: Strategies for Win-Win Mentoring," Evangeline Linkous (with Melissa Dickens), American Planning Association, 2016.


"Transfer of Development Rights in Theory and Practice: The Restructuring of TDR To Incentivize Development" Land Use Policy 51 (2016): 162-171 .

Explores the design and orientation of Florida’s emergent rural TDR programs. Argues that these programs restructure TDR primarily as an incentive rather than its theoretical function of enabling a market in support of managed growth.

"TDR Program Performance in Florida" (with Timothy S. Chapin). Journal of the American Planning Association 80, no. 3 (2014): 253-267.

Discusses what TDR approaches are used in Florida, and 2) which approaches effectively help communities manage growth? Identifies three distinct TDR approaches, corresponding to different stages in Florida's growth management policies. Reflects Florida's early growth management policies by facilitating rural-to-urban transfers; they have had limited impact.

"A Political Ecology of Exurbia in the Sunbelt: Lessons from an Award-Winning, “Unworkable” Plan" Urban Affairs Review 55, no. 4 (2017).

Presents a case study of exurban political ecology in Sarasota to provide insight into the derailment of a promising strategy for managing exurban growth.