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Jan Whittington

Departmental Faculty

Jan Whittington, MCRP, PhD
Assistant Professor
Urban Design and Planning
Associate Director
Center for Information Assurance and Cyber Security


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Office: 448D Gould Hall
Phone: (206) 221-6298
Fax: (206) 685-9597
Mailing Address:
University of Washington
Box 355740
Department of Urban Design and Planning
Seattle, WA 98195-5740
Street Address:
3950 University Way NE
448D Gould Hall
Seattle, WA 98195

Our markets, governments, and quality of life depend on the consistent provision and maintenance of expansive networks of transportation, energy, water, communications, health, food, and waste. How we govern the planning, finance, design, and construction of these networks can determine the economic vitality and environmental integrity of our communities. I use transaction cost economics to evaluate the approaches and outcomes of infrastructure investments. My interest is in reducing the financial and natural cost of these systems, while ensuring their capacity to meet the demands for service placed on them by our ever-expanding population.


Ph.D. in City & Regional Planning  | 2008
University of California, Berkeley

M.A. in City & Regional Planning | 1993
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

B.A. in Biology & Environmental Studies | 1987
University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Interests

Current Courses

2008 PhD, City and Regional Planning,
University of California, Berkeley

1993 MCRP, City and Regional Planning,
California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo

1987 BA, Biology and Environmental Studies,
University of California, Santa Cruz

Selected Publications

Whittington, Jan and Stefanie Young. “Resilience through transaction cost economic evaluation: Recognizing the cost-effectiveness of sustainable development” Surveys and Perspectives Integrating Environment and Society (SAPIENS) 6(1), 2014: 1-13.

Hoofnagle, Chris Jay and Jan Whittington. “The price of ‘Free’: Accounting for the Internet’s most popular price” UCLA Law Review, 61 (3) 2014: 606-670. (Editor Refereed)

Miller, Jeremiah, Sam Chung, Teresa Escrig, Yan Bai, Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, and Jan Whittington. “Accuracy, Security, and Architecture Impacts and Challenges of Mobile and Web Technologies: Geolocation Field Data Collection in Washington State Water Resources” International Journal of Computer Applications. 91 (April, 2014). Digital Library URI: http://www.ijcaonline.org/archives/volume92/number13/16071-5267

Armbruster, Ginger, Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, and Jan Whittington. “Threats to municipal information systems posed by aging infrastructure” International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection, 6(2013): 123-131. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcip.2013.08.001

Whittington, Jan. “When to partner for public infrastructure? Transaction cost evaluation of design-build delivery” Journal of the American Planning Association, 78(3), 2012: 269-285. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01944363.2012.715510

Armbruster, Ginger, Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, and Jan Whittington. “Are we prepared for the economic risk resulting from telecom hotel disruptions?” International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection, 5(2), 2012: 55-65. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcip.2012.05.003

Whittington, Jan and Chris Jay Hoofnagle. “Unpacking privacy’s price” North Carolina Law Review, 90 (5) June 2012: 1327-1370. (Editor Refereed)

University of Washington
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