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Daniel Sperling

Dr. Daniel Sperling is the Blue Planet Prize Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy and founding director of the Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS–Davis) at the University of California, Davis. He has held the transportation seat on the California Air Resources Board since 2007 (appointed by Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jerry Brown) and served as Chair of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies in 2015-16. Among his many prizes are the 2013 Blue Planet Prize from the Asahi Glass Foundation for being "a pioneer in opening up new fields of study to create more efficient, low-carbon, and environmentally beneficial transportation systems." He served twice as lead author for the IPCC (sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize), has testified 7 times to the U.S. Congress, and provided 40 keynote presentations in the past five years. He has authored or coauthored over 250 technical papers and 12 books; is widely cited in leading newspapers; has been interviewed many times on NPR, including Science Friday, Talk of the Nation, and Fresh Air; and in 2009 was featured on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Three Revolutions Podcast with Dan Sperling

In this episode, Dan Sperling is interviewed by Jeff Wood, host of Talking Headways podcast, about his new...

In this episode, Dan Sperling is interviewed by Jeff Wood, host of Talking Headways podcast, about his new book, Three Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future. Three Revolutions looks at how automated, shared, and electric vehicles are transforming the transit landscape and how policymakers can steer this technology in a sustainable, equitable direction.

In the interview, Sperling, founding director of the UC-Davis Institute of Transportation Studies, said:

“We’re creating opportunity that didn’t exist before, so how do we channel that opportunity to the public good.”

Listen below and read an excerpt from Three Revolutions here.

Three Revolutions: A Podcast Interview with Daniel Sperling

“For the first time in history, we can make a dramatic improvement in the livability and sustainability of our transportation system” 

In this episode in our series of Urban Resilience Project (URP) podcasts in partnership with Infinite Earth Radio, host Mike Hancox speaks with Daniel Sperling, founding director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis. Sperling’s new book Three Revolutions looks at how automated, shared, and electric vehicles are transforming the transit landscape and how policymakers can steer this technology in a sustainable, equitable direction.

Said Sperling:

“The reason I wrote the book and the reason I’m so positive about this is because the upside potential is so huge that really for the first time in history we can make a dramatic improvement in the livability and sustainability of our transportation system.”

Listen below. You can also download the episode on iTunes and Stitcher.

Check out our entire series of podcasts on urban resilience topics HERE.