Professor Jason Corburn

Resident Faculty, Maximino Martinez Commons

"I have a range of interests including basketball, hiking, Latin Jazz, salsa dancing, independent films, and exploring new restaurants."

Ask me about: Cities, climate change, environmental justice, global health, food security, citizen science.

Dr. Jason Corburn joined the faculty at UC Berkeley in 2007 and is jointly appointed in the College of Environmental Design and School of Public Health. He is an Associate Professor and directs the Center for Global Healthy Cities, co-directs the dual Masters in City Planning and Masters in Public Health degree program and Global Metropolitan Studies, Professor Corburn’s research explores issues of urban health in cities of the north and global south, notions of expertise in environmental science policy controversies, and strategies for inclusive upgrading of urban informal settlements, or slums. Professor Corburn is also a global leader in the practice of engaged scholarship and participatory action research, where professionals and community residents partner to solve difficult science, urban development and human health challenges. He has developed action-research partnerships with cities and non-profit organizations across the Bay Area and has helped lead a partnership with the City of Richmond, CA, focused on reversing health, economic and other inequalities. Professor Corburn has published three award-winning books on urban environmental science. His book, Street Science: Community Knowledge and Environmental Health Justice (MIT Press 2005) won the 2007 Paul Davidoff Best Book Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and was voted by the Journal of the American Planning Association as one of the 30 most influential books in the first 100 years of American City Planning. He received the United Nations Association Global Citizen Award in 2013 for his work helping deliver infrastructure and public health improvements to slum dwellers in Nairobi.

Professor Corburn has held visiting appointments at the University of Paris, State University of Rio de Janeiro, and University of Nairobi, Kenya. Professor Corburn received his BA from Brandeis University and Masters and PhD from MIT. Before coming to Berkeley, Professor Corburn was a faculty member at Columbia University and Hunter College, City University of New York. Professor Corburn is passionate about supporting undergraduates to explore public service opportunities that combine their studies with organizations working for social justice. More information about Professor Corburn can be found at his web site,, and the Berkeley Center for Global Healthy Cities,