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Dr. Dian Nostikasari is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs (CAPPA) at the University of Texas at Arlington. She has a Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Public Policy with an emphasis on regional transportation planning and social justice. Her research interests lie on the intersections of planning theory, transportation, public participation, community development, and healthy communities. Specifically, interdisciplinary approaches in making stronger connections between how the production of built-environment affects access to socioeconomic opportunities and other dimensions (e.g.sustainability) of our lived experiences.



    • Sept 2015 to Present Postdoctoral Research Associate
      College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs

Awards and Honors

    • Aug  2015 Journal of Planning and Education Research Writing Workshop sponsored by Journal of Planning and Education Research

      Competitive three days intensive publication-writing workshop for emerging scholars

    • May  2015 Merit Award sponsored by University of Texas Arlington

      Academic excellence awarded for graduating students with min. GPA 3.8 

    • Sep  2010 Enhanced Graduate Teaching Assistantship and Graduate Doctoral Teaching Fellowship sponsored by The University of Texas ArlingtonOrganizational Network for Teaching as Research Advancement & Collaboration (ON-TRAC)

      Competitive fellowship for new PhD students, full tuition waiver and monthly stipend                                               

    • Dec  2010 Student Best Project Award sponsored by Texas American Planning Association (TxAPA)


      Journal Article 2015
      • Nostikasari, D. and Casey, C. Knowledge sharing in collaborative frameworks and effects on users travel experiences. Journal of Planning and Education Research. (In preparation)

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]
      • Nostikasari, D. (2015). Representations of everyday travel experiences: Case study of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area. Transport Policy, 44, 96–107.

        {Journal Article} [Refereed/Juried]

      Technical Report 2010
      • Anjomani, A., Tayebi, A., Nostikasari, D. and Kharel G. (2010). Implementation of Accessible Land Use Modeling Tools for Texas Applications, research report developed for the Texas Department of Transportation, Research and technology Implementation Office, 2010, 210 pages.

        {Technical Report} [Non-refereed/non-juried]
      • Kockelman, K., Anjomani, A., Paul, B., Nostikasari, D., Tayyebi, A. and Kharel, G. (2010). Design and application of accessible land-use modeling tools for Texas Regions. Center for Transportation Research, Bureau of Engineering Research, University of Texas at Austin.

        {Technical Report} [Non-refereed/non-juried]


      • INTS 4388-002 Urban Food Deserts

        The course critically examines how societal structures and spatial layout of cities affect people’s access to healthy food options. Contrary to common belief that healthy eating is an individual’s “choice” and that solution lies in “education” about nutrition, the class will examine how the industrial revolution and capitalism make breakthroughs in resolving “scarcity” but result in uneven development of cities where communities are segregated and fragmented.  The course will review concepts of class and racial exclusion, concentrated poverty, and borrowing Wacquant and Wilson’s term, “hyperghettoization” of neighborhoods that result in uneven access to healthy and affordable food. Students will be exposed to how access to healthy food options in industrialized cities is related to identity, inequity, political economic relations, power, and capitalism.