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Miriam Solis

Issues Diversity & Inclusion, Environment & Climate Resilience, Jobs & Labor

Assistant Professor, Community and Regional Planning
University of Texas at Austin

Miriam Solis, PhD, MCP, is an Assistant Professor of Community and Regional Planning at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research and teaching focus on the intersection of labor, urban infrastructure, and environmental planning. She is a community-based participatory researcher who frequently partners with nonprofit organizations and government agencies. These collaborations are concerned with understanding the environmental planning workforce across organizational hierarchies, especially systematically marginalized communities’ role in infrastructure maintenance and repair. This has involved research-practice partnerships that examine departmental workforces and equitable green job growth. Her most recent collaboration with Austin Water received the American Planning Association-Texas Award for Advancing Diversity and Social Justice.

Dr. Solis is on the leadership faculty team of Planet Texas 2050, a University of Texas at Austin’s interdisciplinary research initiative. She is also a faculty fellow of UT Austin’s Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis and a board member of the Center for American Architecture and Design. Dr. Solis holds a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD and BA from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to her faculty appointment, she was a Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation Environmental Fellow, and worked for the cities of San Francisco, New York, and Richmond, CA.