Deland Chan is an educator, researcher, and urban planner. Her work aims to bridge the fields of urban studies, sustainability transitions, and environmental sociology to understand urbanization pathways and cities as the future home to over two-thirds of humanity. She is pursuing a DPhil in Sustainable Urban Development at the University of Oxford funded by the Clarendon Scholarship in which her research examines grassroots sustainability initiatives in Asian American Pacific Islander communities.
As Director of Community Engaged Learning in the Program on Urban Studies at Stanford, Deland teaches project-based classes where students collaborate with non-profit organizations and government agencies on sustainability projects. In 2014, she co-founded the Stanford Human Cities Initiative as a platform to encourage cross-disciplinary approaches to tackle urban challenges. Before Stanford, Deland previously worked as a Senior Planner at the Chinatown Community Development Center in San Francisco and led transportation and land use planning efforts.
Deland received a B.A with honors in Urban Studies and an M.A. in Sociology from Stanford University, and a Master in City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a LEED Accredited Professional. A proud native New Yorker, Deland enjoys exploring cities by bicycle and running half marathons.