Peter Dunn
Peter Dunn
Lecturer/ BSSCD Program Director

Peter Dunn
Office: 228
Tel: 413-545-4859

PhD University of Washington 2022
MSc London School of Economics 2010
BA University of Virginia 2005

Peter Dunn is a lecturer in regional planning in LARP, where he teaches students in the Sustainable Community Development major and the Master in Regional Planning program as well as many others interested in creating better communities. He has also taught visual communication, design studios, and a variety of classes on cities and planning at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Professor Dunn’s intellectual focus is at the intersection of planning and digital technologies. Specifically, he asks how such technologies are not straightforward solutions to identified problems, but are messy sites where diverse actors work through conflicting visions of desirable public life. Work from his doctoral dissertation, which investigates the idealized promise and actual use of smartphone apps for urban mobility, has been published in Urban Planning and the Journal of Urban Technology. He also served as a researcher on an NSF-funded project investigating community resilience to natural hazards. Other interests include cartography, the politics of public space, and feminist political theory. Prior to entering academia, Professor Dunn worked for Boston’s Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the International City/County Management Association.

Professor Dunn is the acting Program Director for the B.S. in Sustainable Community Development.

Fall 2023 Office Hours:

Tuesday, 10:30 - 11:30am
Wednesday, 10:30 - 11:30am
(No appointment needed.)

Students can also make an appointment at


History of Sustainable Community Developoment (SUSTCOMM 232)
City Planning (SUSTCOMM / REGIONPL 574)
Sustainable Cities (REGIONPL 580)
Intro to GIS for Planning (REGIONPL 625)
Planning History & Theory (REGIONPL 651)