Publications in press

  • Chawla, L. (in press). “Knowing nature in childhood: Learning and wellbeing through engagement with the natural world.” In A. Schutte, J. Stevens & J. Torquati (eds.), Nature and Psychology: How the Natural World Shapes Our Cognition. Springer Science + Business Media, in press.



  • Shawhin Roudbari and Skye Niles, "Design, Politics and Infrastructures of Immobility" in Platform, Aug. 3, 2020.

  • Isabel Duque Franco, Catalina Ortiz, Jota Samper, Gynna Millan. 2020. Mapping repertoires of collective action facing the COVID-19 pandemic in informal settlements in Latin American cities, DOI: (July 22, 2020)

  • Tabatabaie, S., Litt, J.S. & Crane, L.A. The experience of outdoor physical activity for skin cancer survivors: understanding the importance of the built and natural environments. J Cancer Surviv (2020).

  • Chawla, L. (2020) Helping students cope with environmental change and take constructive civic action. Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly, 7(1).

  • Chawla, L., and van Vliet, W. (2020). Welcoming young people in urban placemaking: Learning from challenges. In J. Loebach, S. Little, A. Cox & P. Eubanks Owens (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Designing Public Spaces for Young People. Abingdon-on-Thames, UK: Routledge. 
  • Mintzer, M., and Chawla, L. (2020). Turning young people’s ideas into action: Learning from long-term partnerships for child and youth participation. In J. Loebach, S. Little, A. Cox & P. Eubanks Owens (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Designing Public Spaces for Young People. Abingdon-on-Thames, UK: Routledge.
  • Heris, Mehdi P., Ariane Middel and Brian Muller. 2020. Impacts of form and design policies on urban microclimate: Assessment of zoning and design guideline choices in urban redevelopment projects. Landscape and Urban Planning. 202: 103870.



  • J. McGlinchy, B. Johnson, B. Muller, M. Joseph and J. Diaz, "Application of UNet Fully Convolutional Neural Network to Impervious Surface Segmentation in Urban Environment from High Resolution Satellite Imagery," IGARSS 2019 - 2019 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Yokohama, Japan, 2019, pp. 3915-3918.
  • Heris, Mehdi P., Brian Muller and Alana M. Wilson. 2019. Why Planning Matters in Microclimate Management and Urban Heat Mitigation. Journal of Planning Education and Research
  • Hill, C., and Chawla, L. (2019). “Fun, novel, safe and inclusive”: Children’s design recommendations for playgrounds for all abilities. Children, Youth and Environments, 29(1), 105-115
  • Jordan, C., and Chawla, L. (2019). A coordinated research agenda for nature-based learning. Frontiers in Psychology, 10, Article 766. Doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00766
  • Sobko, T., and Chawla, L. (2019). “Intergenerational gardening on urban rooftops: The example of the ‘Play and Grow’ Program in Hong Kong.” Second author, co-authored with Tanja Sobko. In M. Kaplan, J. Hoffman, M. Sánchez & L. L. Thang (eds.), Intergenerational Contact Zones: Place-based Tools for Promoting Social Inclusion and Belonging. Abingdon, UK: Routledge.



  • Afzalan, Nader and Brian Muller. 2018. Online Participatory Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges for Enriching Participatory Planning. Journal of the American Planning Association. 84:2, 162-177.
  • Derr, V.,  L. Chawla and Mintzer, M. Placemaking with Children and Youth Participatory Practices for Planning Sustainable Communities.  New York: New Village Press, 2018. Print. Winner of the Environmental Design Research Association 2019 Achievement Award.
  • Chawla, L., and Hughes, R. E. (2018). Returning orange waters to blue: Creating a culture of civic engagement through learning experiences. In M. E. Krasny (Ed.), Grassroots to Global: Broader Impacts of Civic Ecology (pp. 85-102). Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. 

  • Chawla, L., and White, A. B. (2018). Place-based education and citizen science: Resources for learning beyond the classroom. The NAMTA Journal, 43(3): 4-22. (Journal of the North American Montessori Teachers Association).

  • Kreutz, A., Derr, V., and Chawla, L. (2018). Fluid or fixed? Design processes that facilitate or constrain a sense of inclusion in participatory schoolyard and park design. Landscape Journal, 37(1): 39-54. 

  • Chawla, L. (2018) Nature-based learning for student achievement and ecological citizenship, Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, 20 (1 & 2), xxv-xxxix.





  • Afzalan, Nader and Brian Muller. 2014. The Role of Social Media in Green Space Planning: A Case Study of Neighborhood Participation in Park Siting. Journal of Urban Technology. 21 (3) 67-83.



  • Chawla, L. & Driskell, D. (2009). Learning by doing: Education for sustainable development through place-based action research. In P.B. Corcoran & P.M. Osano (Eds.), Young People, Education, and Sustainable Development (pp. 91-98). Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • Sancar, F. H. (2009). "Yerel yonetimler kentlerimizin yasam kalitesine nasil katkida bulunmalidir?" (How should local governments contribute to the liveability of our cities?") Gundem, 2009 Temmuz (July 2009) pp 26-29.
  • Sancar, F. & Severcan, Y. (2009). "In search of agency: Participation in a youth organization in Turkey" In: Barry Percy-Smith and Nigel Thomas (Eds.),
    A Handbook of Children and Young People's Participation:
  • Perspectives from Theory and Practice. (pp 277-286). London: Routledge.
  • Sancar, F. & Severcan, Y. (2009). Impact of tourism-led economic development on children's places: Comparison along rural-urban continuum using participatory photography in Bodrum Peninsula-Turkey. (Working Paper - In Review).


Varney, D., & van Vliet- W. (2008). Homelessness, children and youth: Research in the United States and Canada. American Behavioral Scientist, 51(6), 715-720.


  • Chawla, L. & Flanders Cushing, D. (2007). Education for strategic environmental behavior.Environmental Education Research, 13(4), 437-452.
  • Kingston, B., Wridt, P., Chawla L., van Vliet, W., & Brink, L. (2007). Creating child friendly cities in the case of Denver, USA. Municipal Engineer, 160(2), 97-102.



  • Kirschke, J., & van Vliet-, W. (2005). “How can they look so happy?” Reconstructing the place of children after Hurricane Katrina: Images and reflections. Children, Youth and Environments, 15(2), 378-391. Retrieved from
  • Sancar, F.H. (2005). Participatory photography: Children's voices in municipal planning. In N. Kenton, A. Milligan & H. Ashley (Eds.) Participatory learning and action (PLA). (pp. 16-26). London: IIED.


Urban Poverty and Slums. Chapter Four (van Vliet, Willem) in The Challenge of Slums; Global Report on Human Settlements 2003  London: Earthscan (2003).

Before 2000


van Vliet, W. (1992). Housing for the Elderly in Comparative Perspective: The United States and the Netherlands. Housing and Society: Vol 19, No 3.


  • van Vliet, W., (editor). Encyclopedia of Housing.  Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc., 1998. Outstanding Academic Book Award from Choice, review journal of the Association of College and Research Libraries; Editors’ Choice, Booklist Magazine, review journal of the American Library Association; Outstanding Reference Source winner, Reference User and Services Association.
  • van Vliet, W., (editor). International Handbook of Housing Policies and Practices.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.  1990.
  • van Vliet, W., (editor). Women, Housing, and Community.  London: Gower Publishing Company.  1988.
  • van Vliet, W., (editor, co-edited by J. F. Wohlwill). Habitats for Children: Impacts of Density. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum, 1985.

Book Chapters

  • van Vliet, W.  “Learning from Experience: Ingredients and Transferability of Success.” Chapter 11, pp. 246-276, in Affordable Housing and Urban Redevelopment in the U.S.:  Learning from Failure and Success, (Edited by W. van Vliet--). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc., 1996.
  • van Vliet, W. Housing an Aging Population in the Netherlands, Pp. 89-111, Chapter 5 in Housing Frail Elders:  International Policies, Perspectives, and Prospects, edited by Jon Pynoos and Phoebe Liebig.  Johns Hopkins Press.  1995.
  • van Vliet, W. The Cherry Question or the Role of Social Science Research in Designing Against Vandalism.  Chapter in Vandalism: Research, prevention and social policy, edited by C. Christensen, D. Johnson and M. Brooks. Portland:  University of Washington/Forest Service/Park Service.  1992.
  • van Vliet, W. The Housing and Living Arrangements of Young People in the U.S.  Pp. 313-346 in Handbook of Housing and the Built Environment in the U.S., edited by E. Huttman and W. van Vliet--, Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.  1988.
  • van Vliet, W. The role of housing type, household density and neighborhood density in peer group interaction and social adjustment.  Chapter 8, pp. 165-200, in Habitats for children: impacts of density, edited by J. F. Wohlwill and W. van Vliet.  Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum, 1985.
  • van Vliet, W. Housing young people in Israel: public policy and private preferences.  Chapter 9, pp. 142-156, in Housing Needs and Policy Approaches: trends in 13 countries, edited by W. van Vliet--, E. Huttman, and S. Fava. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1985.
  • van Vliet, W. and J. F. Wohlwill. Habitats for children: the state of the evidence.  Chapter 9, pp. 201-229, in Habitats for children: impacts of density, edited by J. F. Wohlwill and W. van Vliet.  Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum, 1985.
  • van Vliet, W. Vandalism: an assessment and agenda.  Chapter 1, pp. 13-36, in Vandalism: Behavior and motivations, edited by C. Levy-Leboyer.  Amsterdam: North Holland, 1984.