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Donald J. Poland
Visiting Assistant Professor of Urban Studies - Graduate Studies Program
Phone: (860) 297-5175 Office Location: 70 Vernon Street 306
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Trinity College faculty member since 2015
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Ph.D., Univ. College, Univ. of London
B.A., Central Connecticut State Univ
M.S., Central Connecticut State Univ

Dr. Poland is a spatial and social scientist with over twenty-five years’ experience in land use planning, economic development, housing, and real estate development. Having worked in the public, private, non-profit, and academic sectors, he offers a unique perspective and deep understanding of the social, spatial, economic, governance, and policy challenges that face urban communities. 

Internationally trained, Dr. Poland earned his PhD from University College London, Department of Geography, Cities and Urbanization program. His doctoral research focused on urban ecology, ecological resilience, and how ecological metaphors and theory can help us understand urban environments as complex adaptive systems. This has allowed Dr. Poland to develop a unique approach to planning and urban policy that treats cities and markets as complex adaptive systems to be managed through strategic interventions and governance.

Dr. Poland has been accepted as an expert witness in the areas of land use planning, neighborhood redevelopment, and community development in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. He has also been accepted as an expert witness in the Circuit Court pf St. Louis County, State of Missouri. Dr. Poland is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a Certified Zoning Enforcement Official. He is a Past-President of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association, a founding member of the Connecticut Partnership for Balanced Growth, was a governor appointee on the CT Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, served on the Board of Trustees for the CT Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Bushnell Park Foundation.

He was awarded the Connecticut Homebuilders Outstanding Land Use Official Award (2003) and the Hartford Business Journal’s Forty Under Forty award (2004). Dr. Poland enjoys European travel, is a licensed private pilot, and lives in Stafford Springs, Connecticut with, Alison (his better half) and their two Golden Retrievers, Bowie and Skye.