Dr. Brinkley’s research has been covered with policy briefs, op-eds and interviews in venues such as CityLab, National Public Radio, and the Sacramento Bee. Please reach out via email if you would like to schedule an interview: ckbrinkley (at) uc davis.edu @CatBrinkley
Dr. Brinkley interviewed on Dr. Sean Carroll’s Mindscape: Science, Society, Philosophy, Culture, Arts, and Ideas, 2022
“Growing calls to legalize U.S. street vendors post pandemic” Thomas Reuters Foundation, 2021
“Taking it to the Street: Food Vending During and After COVID” The Conversation, 2021
“How the Sacramento Region Plans to End Food Insecurity” The Sacramento Bee, 2021
“Food insecurity in Sacramento” CapRadio, 2021
“How pandemics have changed American cities – often for the better” The Conversation, 2020
“Civic Innovation During Pandemics” WORT FM, March, 2020
“One Health” The Implications Podcast 2020
“Community Energy” National Public Radio January, 2019
The articles featured in this column often provide teachable moments, and this column is no exception. The Brinkley article contains a quantitative analysis that uses a series of development-related variables — including the urban population, population growth, housing stress, farmland acreage, community-supported agricultural sales, and 43 variables representing individual states (with so-called dummy variables, either zero or one) — to explain the urban area perimeter (miles of urban-rural interface) of each county.
Brinkley’s article blazes a new trail in its challenge to the dominant theory in urban economics: the monocentric city model. As a measure of urban development, rugosity offers the best of both the monocentric- and the polycentric-city models because it is elegantly simple to calculate and use, but still encompasses the complexity of polycentric development. These are big advantages, and because of them, I could see many planning agencies working measures of rugosity into regional land-use plans in the very near future.”
– Reid Ewing, “Research You Can Use: Reid Ewing considers rugosity.” The American Planning Association magazine Planning Jan 2019 issue.
“Backyard Poultry Regulations” CityLab, March 2018