John L. Renne, Ph.D., AICP

Dr. John L. Renne is a professor and director of a transportation institute at the University of New Orleans and Senior Visiting Research Associate at the University of Oxford.  He has authored over 100 publications, including contributions to books, journals and professional reports.  Dr. Renne coined the term “carless evacuation” in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and he is a founder of the National Evacuation Conference.  Dr. Renne is a leading expert on evacuation planning for carless and vulnerable populations.  He led a major study for the Federal Transit Administration on carless and special needs evacuation planning and he has worked on several projects funded by the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies related to evacuation planning, disasters and resilient multimodal transportation systems.  Dr. Renne has been invited to speak about his work by President Bill Clinton and two secretaries of the U.S. Department of Transportation.  He is frequently invited to speak across the globe and has worked in Australia and the United Kingdom.  Dr. Renne is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

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