Urban Studies & Planning

Craig Olwert

Craig Olwert
Full-Time Faculty
(818) 677-2881
Office location:
SH 214F



  • Ph.D., 2010 The Ohio State University, City and Regional Planning
  • MCRP, 2008 The Ohio State University, City and Regional Planning
  • B.S., 1994 The Ohio State University, Chemical Engineering

Courses Taught

  • URBS 150 – Urban Scene
  • URBS 300 – The Planning Idea
  • URBS 340A – Research Methods
  • URBS 400 - Planning for the Natural and Build Environment
  • URBS 450 – Urban Problems Seminar
  • URBS 490C – Field Work

Selected Publications and Presentations


Engelhardt-Bergsjo, H, D Tyers, J Swenson, L Irby, J Zimmer, C Olwert, K Engelhardt-Bergsjo. (2009) “Monitoring ungulate carcasses and grizzly-bear scavenging on the Northern Yellowstone Winter Range.” Intermountain Journal of Sciences, 15, 7-17.

Olwert, C and J-M Guldmann (2012)  “A computable general equilibrium model of the city:  Impacts of technology, zoning and trade.”  Environment and Planning A, 44:1, 237-253. 

Olwert, C and D Tyers. (working paper) “Analyzing spatial impacts of campsite deterioration in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness using GIS.”


Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. A Computable General Equilibrium Model of the City: Impacts of Locational Restrictions and Zoning. October 7, 2010.

PennDesign. Spring 2010 PhD Lecture Series. A Computable General Equilibrium Model of the City with Optimization of its Transportation Network: Impacts of Changes in Technology, Preferences, and Policy, University of Pennsylvania, School of Design. April 5, 2010.

Research and Interests

My research interests focus on urban economics, the environment and sustainability. Modeling interrelationships that affect the city form helps planners predict future growth and evaluate possible policy impacts. With the complex interactions of social, economic and environmental factors, it is difficult to determine how successful different policies will be without modeling. Because the scale of the city is on a metropolitan level, I am also interested in regionalism.

I was a visiting professor at The Ohio State University teaching courses in theory, sustainable economic development, infrastructure, international planning, and two studios. For the U.S. Forest, I performed field research and GIS analysis on wildlife and wilderness issues. I also worked for ExxonMobil as an engineer with assignments including air permitting and internal audit.