B.A. History, 1991 (Brown University); M.A. Geography, 2003; Ph.D, 2008 (University of Washington)
Newell’s research grapples with how to define, measure, model, and assess urban sustainability, particularly from the context of resource consumption. It can be divided into two primary areas of interest. The first, Metabolisms of Urban Infrastructure and Form, focuses on structural features of the urban form (e.g. built environment, transport, energy, and water infrastructure) that due to their durability have long-term implications for resource consumption patterns and processes within and outside of urban areas. The second research area, "Ethical" Urban Consumption and Commodities, focuses on the interrelationships between the consumption of consumer products, our responsibilities as global ‘green’ urban citizens, and the role of governance mechanisms and frameworks (including local institutions) in regulating product consumption. His research approach is often multi-scalar and integrative and, in addition to theory and method found in geography and urban planning, he draws upon principles and tools of industrial ecology (e.g. footprinting and life-cycle analysis), and spatial analysis (e.g. land use/land cover change).
1. Xu, M., Weissburg, M., Newell, J.P., and J. Crittenden. 2012. Developing a science of infrastructure ecology for sustainable urban systems. Environmental Science & Technology. 46(15): 7928-9.
2. Newell, J.P., Seymour M., Yee, T., Renteria J., Longcore T., Wolch. J., and A. Shishkovsky. 2013. Green Alley Programs: Planning for a sustainable urban infrastructure? Cities (In Press). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cities.2012.07.004
3. Newell, J.P. and R.O. Vos. 2012. Accounting for forest carbon pool dynamics in product carbon footprints: challenges and opportunities. Environmental Impact Assessment Review 37(2012): 23–36
4. Kim, J, M. Rahimi, and Newell, J.P. 2012. Life-cycle emissions from port electrification: a case study for the port of Los Angeles. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation 6(6): 321–337.
5. Newell, J.P. and R.O. Vos. 2011. Papering over space and place: Product carbon label modeling in the global paper industry.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers 101(4): 730–741.
6. Wolch, J, Newell J.P., Seymour, M., Bradbury-Huang, H., Reynolds, K., Mapes, J., and K. Brady. 2010. The forgotten and the future: Reclaiming back alleys for a sustainable city. Environment and Planning A 42: 2874–2896
7. Jenerette, G., W. Marussich, and J.P. Newell. 2006. Linking ecological footprints with ecosystem valuation in the provisioning of urban freshwater. Ecological Economics 59: 38–47.