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Dana Hellman

Dana Hellman

PhD Student, Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University

Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751 - USP
Portland, OR 97207-0751


  • PhD Student, Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University


Dana Hellman is a first year PhD student in the Urban Studies program at Portland State University. With help from her mentor, Dr. Vivek Shandas, she is researching the effects of urban heat in SRN-affiliated cities, as well as possible amelioratory solutions. In addition to urban heat, her doctoral research interests include climate migration and aquatic resource management. Prior to attending PSU, Dana twice attended the University of Cincinnati where she earned her BA in Anthropology, and Master of Community Planning degree, focusing on environmental planning and geographic information systems.

Journal Articles


Haeffner, M., D. Hellman, A. Cantor, I. Ajibadec, V. Oyanedel-Craverd, M. Kelly, L. Schifman and L. Weasel. 2021. Representation justice as a research agenda for socio-hydrology and water management. Hydrological Sciences Journal 66(11):1611-1624. DOI: 10.1080/02626667.2021.1945609. (link )


Haeffner, M. and D. Hellman. 2020. The social geometry of collaborative flood risk management: a hydrosocial case study of Tillamook County, Oregon. Natural Hazards 103:3303-3325. DOI: 10.1007/s11069-020-04131-4. (link )

Hellman, D. and M. Haeffner. 2020. Book review: Blue infrastructures: Natural history, political ecology and urban development in Kolkata. Frontiers in Water 2:599603. DOI: 10.3389/frwa.2020.599603. (link )


Makido, Y., D. Hellman and V. Shandas. 2019. Nature Based Designs to Mitigate Urban Heat: Efficacy of Green Infrastructure Treatments in Portland, Oregon. Atmosphere 10(5):282. DOI: 10.3390/atmos10050282. (link )


Voelkel, J., D. Hellman, R. Sakuma and V. Shandas. 2018. Assessing Vulnerability to Urban Heat: A Study of Disproportionate Heat Exposure and Access to Refuge by Socio-Demographic Status in Portland, Oregon. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15(4):. DOI: 10.3390/ijerph15040640. (link )



Shandas, V. and D. Hellman. 2022. Collaborating for Climate Equity: Researcher–Practitioner Partnerships in the Americas. Routledge. ISBN: 9781032077741. (link )