Charlie Santo, PhD
Graduate Program in City & Regional Planning
School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy
The University of Memphis
208 McCord Hall
Memphis, TN 38152
Office: 219 McCord Hall
I teach courses that focus on urban economic analysis, public finance and planning,
and planning research methods. I am also the coordinator of the Planning Innovations Technology (PIT) Lab.
My research interests include community and economic development, urban economic analysis,
public investment in image-based mega-projects, the role of sport and culture in community
development, and youth participation in planning. Much of my scholarly research has focused on the relationship between sports, economic
development, and urban public policy. I recently published Sport and Public Policy: Social, Political, and Economic Perspectives with Dr. Gerard Mildner of Portland State University.
Before entering academia I worked as a principal planner for housing and neighborhood
preservation with the City of Richmond, Virginia.