Deland Chan is the Director of Community Engaged Learning in the Program on Urban Studies and Co-Founder of the Human Cities Initiative at Stanford University. Deland teaches project-based courses open to undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines that focus on sustainable cities and human-centered design. Deland also serves as the academic adviser for Urban Studies majors in the Urban Sustainability concentration.

Areas of Focus: Urban sustainability; land use and transportation planning; participatory planning; human-centered design

Education & Certifications

  • M.C.P, University of California at Berkeley, City and Regional Planning
  • M.A., Stanford University, Sociology
  • B.A., Stanford University, Urban Studies with Honors


2021-22 Courses

All Publications

  • Urban sustainability education: Challenges and pedagogical experiments HABITAT INTERNATIONAL Li, N., Chan, D., Mao, Q., Hsu, K., Fu, Z. 2018; 71: 70–80
  • Sustainable Communities for Whom: Cultural Tactics in the Pursuit of Ecological Sustainability Harvard Asian American Policy Review Chan, D. 2018; 28: 52-57
  • ICT-Enabled Cross-Cultural Education in Sustainable Urbanization Li, N., Chan, D., Hsu, K., Fu, Z., Mao, Q., Lin, K. Y., ElGohary, N., Tang, P. AMER SOC CIVIL ENGINEERS. 2017: 43–50