Planning and Design professor awarded Fulbright Scholar grant

Jeremy Németh to study pedestrian experience in Europe

July 26, 2015


Jeremy Németh, a professor and researcher at the University of Colorado Denver, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholars grant to study pedestrian space and walkability in Europe for the 2015-2016 academic year. The prestigious grant is awarded to fewer than three percent of applicants each year.

Németh, an associate professor of Planning and Design in the College of Architecture and Planning, will use the grant to understand why pedestrian-only zones tend to thrive in Italian and European cities while generally failing miserably in cities throughout the U.S.

Németh will be hosted by the Università degli Studi Roma Tre in Rome and will travel to various European cities to better understand how cultural, political, economic, and design conditions shape the success and failure of these pedestrian zones. His aim is to bring back a set of best practices for planners and designers in the United States.

“As Denver and other cities across the U.S. struggle to become more pedestrian and bike friendly, European cities have excelled at multimodal planning for years,” Németh said. “As city leaders have made multimodal streets a priority, the results of this research could have an impact on the pedestrian experience here in Denver.”

The Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program sends approximately 800 American scholars and professionals per year to approximately 130 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

“Jeremy joins over 30 of his CU Denver | Anschutz colleagues in achieving the distinguished title of Fulbright Scholar in recent years,” said CU Denver Provost and Acting Chancellor Roderick Nairn. “The work of our faculty abroad allows them to return to our university to influence the internationalization of the curriculum and serve as role models, encouraging students to study abroad and engage in international experiences. Their efforts are an enduring contribution to the university’s reputation as a globally engaged institution.”