Aaron Golub

Aaron Golub
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
Associate Professor, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Nohad A. Touland School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University


Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207

Dr. Golub's work involves public transportation planning, environmental and social justice issues with transportation, environmental impacts of transportation, and planning and policy for nonmotorized transportation modes. He has worked as a researcher and consultant in California on projects related to public transit planning, Bus Rapid Transit systems planning, and environmental justice. He has worked extensively in the developing world as a consultant to the World Bank, the United Nations, and several city governments on various transportation policy and planning projects. He came to transportation planning from mechanical engineering, where his work focused on emissions alternative-fuel engines.

Dr. Golub's teaching interests include urban transportation sustainability, transportation planning and policy analysis, urban planning and policy in the developing world, and courses on research methods.

PhD, Civil Engineering, University of California - Berkeley, 2003

MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996

BS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1994

Journal Articles


Bernstein, M. J., A. Wiek, K. Brundiers, K. Pearson, A. Minowitz, B. Kay and A. Golub. 2014. Mitigating urban sprawl effects: A collaborative tree and shade intervention in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2014.965672. (link)

Golub, A. and K. Martens. 2014. Using principles of justice to assess the modal equity of regional transportation plans. Journal of Transport Geography 41:10-20. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2014.07.014. (link)

Seo, K., A. Golub and M. Kuby. 2014. Combined impacts of highways and light rail transit on residential property values: a spatial hedonic price model for Phoenix, Arizona. Journal of Transport Geography 41:53-62. DOI: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2014.08.003. (link)


Golub, A., M. Mahoney and J. Harlow. 2013. Sustainability and intergenerational equity: Do past injustices matter?. Sustainability Science 8(2):269-277. DOI: 10.1007/s11625-013-0201-0 . (link)

Golub, A., R. Marcantonio and S. Sanchez. 2013. Race, space and struggles for mobility: Transportation impacts on African-Americans in Oakland and the East Bay. Urban Geography DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2013.778598. (link)

Golub, A., G. Robinson and B. Nees. 2013. Making accessibility analyses accessible: A tool to facilitate the public review of the effects of regional transportation plans on accessibility. Journal of Transportation and Land Use 6(3):17-28. DOI: 10.5198/jtlu .v6i3.352. (link)

Harlow, J., A. Golub and B. R. Allenby. 2013. A review of utopian themes in sustainable development discourse. Sustainable Development 21(4):270-280. DOI: 10.1002/sd.522. (link)


Golub, A. 2012. Perceived costs and benefits of reversible lanes in Phoenix, Arizona. Journal of the Institute of Transportation Engineers February:38-42. (link)

Golub, A., S. Guhathakurta and B. Sollapuram. 2012. Spatial and temporal capitalization effects of light rail in Phoenix: From conception, planning, and construction to operation. Journal of Planning Education and Research 32(4):415-429. DOI: 10.1177/0739456X12455523. (link)

Martens, K., A. Golub and G. Robinson. 2012. A justice-theoretic approach to the distribution of transportation benefits: Implications for transportation planning practice in the United States. Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice 46(4):586-695. (link)


Golub, A., F. Zhen, N. N. Clark, W. S. Wayne, J. J. Schiavone, C. Chambers and K. L. Chandler. 2011. Creation of life-cycle cost tool for transit buses to evaluate hybrid electric bus technologies in real-world operation. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2218:19-26. DOI: 10.3141/2218-03. (link)

Machler, L. and A. Golub. 2011. Using a "sustainable solution space" approach to develop a vision of sustainable accessibility in a low-income community in Phoenix, Arizona. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation 6(5):298-319. (link)

White, D. D., J. F. Aquino, M. Budruk and A. Golub. 2011. Visitors' experiences of traditional and alternative transportation in Yosemite National Park. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration 29(1):38-57. (link)


Golub, A. 2010. Welfare and equity impacts of gasoline prices under different public transportation service levels. The Journal of Public Transportation 13(3):1-21. (link)

Golub, A. and J. Kelley. 2010. Exploring potential inequities between the burdens and benefits of climate change abatement policies in the transportation sector. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2163:65-72. (link)


Golub, A., R. Balassiano, A. Araujo and E. Ferreira. 2009. Regulation of the informal transport sector in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Welfare impacts and policy analysis. Transportation 36:601-616. DOI: 10.1007/s11116-009-9215-y. (link)

Nurworsoo, C., A. Golub and E. Deakin. 2009. Analyzing equity impacts of transit fare changes: Case study of Alameda-Contra Costa Transit, California. Evaluation and Program Planning 32(4):360-368. (link)

Syed, S., A. Golub and E. Deakin. 2009. Response of regional rail park-and-ride users to parking price changes. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2110:155-163. DOI: 10.3141/2110-19. (link)


Cervero, R. and A. Golub. 2007. Informal transport: A global perspective. Transport Policy 14(2007):445-457. (link)

Cervero, R. S., A. Golub and B. Nee. 2007. City CarShare: Longer-term travel-demand and car ownership impacts. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 1992:70-80. (link)


Deakin, E., M. Shirgaokar, C. Nuworsoo, A. Golub, J. Finney, W. Lew, B. Frank, C. Cherry, N. Higgins, E. Rubin, T. Valentin, K. Parks, W. Ng and D. Wang. 2006. System plan for California's Bay Area regional express bus service. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board 1986:190-197. DOI: 10.3141/1986-25. (link)


Golub, A. and A. Ghoniem. 1999. Modeling Nox formation in a small bore, lean natural gas, spark ignition engine. SAE Technical Paper DOI: 10.4271/1999-01-3480. (link)

Book Chapters

In Press

Klinsky, S. and A. Golub. Justice and sustainability. In: Wiek, A. D. and H. Heinrichs eds., Handbook of Sustainability.


Golub, A. 2015. Moving beyond Fordism: “Complete Streets” and the changing political economy of urban transportation. In: Zavestoski, S. and J. Agyeman eds., Incomplete Streets: Processes, Practices, and Possibilities. Routledge. (link)

Golub, A. 2015. Sustainable transportation. Pp. Chapter 11 In: Pijawka, D. ed., Sustainability in the 21st Century: Pathways, Programs, and Policies. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.


Golub, A. 2012. Sustainable transportation. Pp. 125-144 In: Pijawka, K. and M. A. Gromulat eds., Understanding Sustainable Cities: Concepts, Cases, and Solutions. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.

Martens, K. and A. Golub. 2012. A justice-theoretic exploration of accessibility measures. In: Geurs, K. T., K. J. Krizek and A. Reggiani eds., Accessibility Analysis and Transport Planning: Challenges for Europe and North America. Edward Elgar. (link)


Cervero, R. and A. Golub. 2011. Informal transport as a mobility option. In: Dimitriou, H. and R. Gakenheimer eds., Urban Transport in the Developing World. Policy and Planning for the New Millennium. Edward Elgar. (link)

Golub, A. and J. E. Henderson. 2011. The greening of mobility in San Francisco. In: Slavin, M. I. ed., Sustainability in America's Cities: Creating the Green Metropolis. Island Press. (link)

Wilkinson, P., A. Golub, R. Behrens, P. Salazar Ferro and H. Schalekamp. 2011. Transformation of urban public transport systems in the global south. In: Geyer, H. S. ed., International Handbook of Urban Polcy, Volume 3: Issues in the Developing World. Edward Elgar. (link)


Golub, A. 2010. "Buses" and "Sustainable Transportation". In: Button, K., H. Vega and P. Nijkamp eds., A Dictionary of Transport Analysis. Edward Elgar. (link)



In: Kuby, M. and A. Golub eds., 2015. Transportation & Arizona: Spring 2015 Arizona Town Hall Background Report. Arizona Town Hall. 106. (link)