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Deborah Salon

Deborah Salon

Assistant Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
PO Box 875302
Tempe, AZ 85287-5302


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Assistant Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


In her research, Dr. Salon asks questions relating to the effects of transportation infrastructure, the built environment, and public policy on the choices that people make. She believes that smart policies implemented by the right people have the potential to improve our lives, make our society more equitable, and reduce our impact on the environment. She is motivated by the hope that her research will inform this process.

Salon's research is divided into three related tracks, all of which she is actively pursuing. In the first of these tracks, she explores public policies that aim to control greenhouse gas emissions from the transport and built environment sectors. Salon's second research track focuses on the relationship between urban land use/transportation systems and the choices made by urban and suburban residents in the United States about where to live and how to travel. In her third research track, she studies transportation in the cities of the developing world, aiming to support local policymaking to steer these cities toward more sustainable transportation systems and land-use designs.

Dr. Salon holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis. Before joining the faculty at ASU, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University's Earth Institute and subsequently held a research appointment at the University of California-Davis' Institute of Transportation Studies.


  • PhD, Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California-Davis, 2006
  • BA (cum laude), Physics, Carleton College, 1994


Journal Articles


Heres, D. R., D. Jack and D. Salon. 2014. Do public transit investments promote urban economic development? Evidence from bus rapid transit in Bogotá, Colombia. Transportation 41(1):57-74. DOI: 10.1007/s11116-013-9471-8. (link )

Salon, D., S. Murphy and G. Sciara. 2014. Local climate action: Motives, enabling factors, and barriers. Carbon Management 5(1):67-79. DOI: 10.4155/cmt.13.81. (link )

Salon, D., J. Wu and S. Shewmake. 2014. Impact of bus rapid transit and metro rail on property values in Guangzhou, China. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2452(Socioeconomic, Health, and Human Factors):36-45. DOI: 10.3141/2452-05. (link )


Lovejoy, K., G. Sciara, D. Salon, S. L. Handy and P. Mokhtarian. 2013. Measuring the impacts of local land-use policies on vehicle miles of travel: The case of the first big-box store in Davis, California. Journal of Transportation and Land Use 6(1):25-39. DOI: 10.5198/jtlu.v6i1.336. (link )


Gallivan, F., E. Sall, E. Hesse, D. Salon and C. Ganson. 2012. Inclusion of regional transit emissions in local greenhouse gas inventories: Comparison of methods with examples from Portland, Oregon, and the San Francisco Bay area, California. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2270(Environment 2012):142-151. DOI: 10.3141/2270-17. (link )

Salon, D. and E. M. Aligula. 2012. Urban travel in Nairobi, Kenya: Analysis, insights, and opportunities. Journal of Transport Geography 22:65-76. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2011.11.019. (link )

Salon, D., M. G. Boarnet, S. Handy, S. Spears and G. Tal. 2012. How do local actions affect VMT? A critical review of the empirical evidence. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment 17(7):495-508. DOI: 10.1016/j.trd.2012.05.006. (link )


Salon, D. and S. Gulyani. 2010. Mobility, poverty, and gender: Travel 'choices' of slum residents in Nairobi, Kenya. Transport Reviews 30(5):641-657. DOI: 10.1080/01441640903298998. (link )

Salon, D., D. Sperling, A. Meier, S. Murphy, R. Gorham and J. Barrett. 2010. City carbon budgets: A proposal to align incentives for climate-friendly communities. Energy Policy 38(4):2032-2041. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2009.12.005. (link )

Book Chapters


Sperling, D., D. Salon and N. Lutsey. 2009. Reducing greenhouse-gas emissions from transportation. Pp. 85-96 In: Bornet, M. ed., Transportation Infrastructure: The Challenges of Rebuilding America. American Planning Association. Chicago, IL. ISBN: 978-1932364750.