Sarah Coffins

Sarah L. Coffin, Ph.D., AICP

Associate Professor


   Saint Louis University School of Social Work

    Sarah Coffin is an associate professor of urban planning who’s work focuses on the spatial and structural inequalities inherent in common planning systems. In particular, her work examines the impacts of brownfields on redevelopment practices and how the market drives development decisions. She recently completed a visiting fellowship with the Urban Housing Lab where she studied the role that planning plays in urban inequality. Sarah gave a public lecture titled Planning and Inequality after Ferguson: A Reflection on Policy and Practice (http://www.urbanhousinglab.com/Video_11.mp4). She continues to collaborate with Nicole Gurran and the Urban Housing Lab, studying the ways that brownfield data and information lead to urban regeneration. In July, 2017 she joined the faculty in the School of Social Work at Saint Louis University (SLU), moving from the Center for Sustainability. She has been with SLU since 2003.

      Sarah is currently leading a project that is examining state of manufacturing in the City of St Louis, focusing on small to mid-sized manufacturers. Working with St Louis Makes (http://stlouismakes.org/), her work will form the foundation for a center that will profile urban manufacturing research and provide support for small to mid-sized manufacturers across the US. She is also the director of the Stupp GIS lab at SLU and the founder of the St Louis Regional Data Exchange (http://stlouisdata.org/). She is also collaborating with the University of Missouri St Louis on an program evaluation of the Ferguson Commission’s Forward Through Ferguson report. She has lead numerous economic impact studies for the St Louis Region that examined the economic effects of tax increment financing, tax abatement, and historic preservation tax credits on communities around Missouri. And she was principle investigator for the university team that provided data support for the St Louis Region’s sustainability plan, OneSTL (http://www.onestl.org/).
      Sarah received her PhD in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology and holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Design, and Development from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
      Sarah is co-chair of the International Urban Planning and the Environment Association (UPE) and is a board member of St Louis Metropolitan Research Exchange. She is also founding member of the Applied Research Collaborative, a university consortium of research partners centered in the St Louis Metropolitan Area.
      She teaches the core planning subjects and economic development at Saint Louis University.