Aaron Golub

Associate Professor

Coor 5550


Dr. Golub’s research, teaching and service activities focus on the use of urban transportation as a medium through which to understand, and affect, urban sustainability and social justice. More simply, his work asks: what do our transportation system and its planning say about our struggles for social justice and sustainability? Within this broad conceptualization, he focuses on two basic areas within transportation planning: planning for alternatives to the automobile, especially public transit systems, and understanding and addressing the inequities involved in both the transportation planning process as well as in the outcomes of plans and policies from the regional to the local scale. Being half appointed in ASU’s School of Sustainability, he also works to integrate understandings of social justice into the emerging interdisciplinary fields of sustainability science and practice.

Dr. Golub has more than 20 years of experience in the transportation field, first working with emissions from alternative fueled engines, and then moving to transportation engineering and planning. His doctoral work looked at the emerging informal transport sector in Brazil and he’s continued this research more recently in Africa. He worked as a researcher and consultant in California on projects related to public transit planning and finance, Bus Rapid Transit systems planning, and environmental justice. Dr. Golub has also worked extensively in the developing world as a consultant to the World Bank, the United Nations, several city governments and an international non-profit, on various transportation policy and planning projects.

Research Interests

Urban transportation policy, social equity and environmental impacts of transportation, public transportation planning, transportation in developing countries, informal transportation providers, the history of transportation in the United States

Current Research Activities

Bicycle Network Connectivity Project for SRP Service Area. Salt River Project, Office of Sustainability. (Co-Pi with Mike Kuby). 
Reinvent Phoenix: Cultivating Equity, Engagement, Economic Development and Design Excellence with Transit-Oriented Development. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Sustainable Communities Grant Program (Co-PI)
The impact of congestion pricing on low-income communities. Urban Habitat Program, Oakland, California (Co-PI)
Environmental Impact Assessment of the Phoenix-Tempe-Mesa Light Rail System. Maricopa Association of Governments (Co-PI)
EJ Toolkit: Accessibility Calculator. FHWA Transportation Equity Research Program (Team member representing Urban Habitat Program) http://ejkit.com/the-toolkit/ej-toolkit/
Quality of Life Study of 7th Avenue and 7th Street Reversible Lanes. City of Phoenix (PI)
Vehicle-Infrastructure Integration (ITS) Pilot Project. Maricopa County DOT/ Arizona DOT (Co-PI)
Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) For Maintenance Work Effort Tracking. Arizona Department of Transportation (Co-PI)
TCRP Project C-15: Assessment of Hybrid-Electric Transit Bus Technology. Transit Cooperative Research Program, Transportation Research Board of the National Academies (Team member in charge of bus life-cycle cost model) http://www.trb.org/Main/Blurbs/Assessment_of_HybridElectric_Transit_Bus_Technolog_162703.aspx

Additional Affiliation(s)

Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability

Awards and Honors

 2012 - Centennial Professor Award (Associated Students of ASU)

Selected Publications

Refereed Publications

Bernstein, M. J., Wiek, A., Brundiers, K., Pearson, K., Minowitz, A., Kay, B., & Golub, A. 2014. Mitigating urban sprawl effects: a collaborative tree and shade intervention in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Local Environment. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2014.965672
Golub, A. & Martens, K. 2014. Using principles of justice to assess the modal equity of regional transportation plans. Journal of Transport Geography 41, 10-20. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2014.07.014
Seo, K., Golub, A., & Kuby, M. 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2014.08.003
Golub, A., Marcantonio, R. & Sanchez, T.  2013. Race, Space and Struggles for Mobility: Transportation Impacts on African-Americans in Oakland and the East Bay. Urban Geography. 34(5): 699-728.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2013.778598
Golub, A., Robinson, G. & Nee, B.  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). http://dx.doi.org/10.5198/jtlu.v6i3.352
Golub, A., *Mahoney, M. & *Harlow, B.  2013. Sustainability and intergenerational equity: Do past injustices matter? Sustainability Science 8(2), 269-277. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11625-013-0201-0
Golub, A. 2012. Perceived costs and benefits of reversible lanes in Phoenix, Arizona. Journal of the Institute of Transportation Engineers. http://www.ite.org/membersonly/itejournal/pdf/2012/JB12BA38.pdf
Golub, A., Guhathakurta, S., 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 Researchhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0739456X12455523
Martens, K. and A. Golub. 2012. A justice-theoretic exploration of accessibility measures. In: Geurs, K. T., Krizek, K. J., and A. Reggiani. Accessibility Analysis and Transport Planning: Challenges for Europe and North America (NECTAR Series on Transportation and Communications Networks Research). Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. (ISBN: 9781781000106)
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 (2): 684-695. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tra.2012.01.00
Golub, A., F. Zhen, N. Clark, W. Wayne, J. Schiavone, C. Chambers and K. Chandler. 2011. Creation of a Transit Bus Life-Cycle Cost Tool to Evaluate Hybrid-Electric Bus Technologies in Real World Operation. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, 2218: 19-26. http://dx.doi.org/10.3141/2218-03
Acquino, J., D. White, M. Budruk and A. Golub. 2011. Visitor’s Experience of Traditional and Alternative Transportation in Yosemite National Park. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. 29 (1): 38-57. http://js.sagamorepub.com/jpra/article/view/19
Harlow, J., A. Golub, and B. Allenby. 2011. An Exploration of Utopian Themes in Sustainable Development Discourse. Sustainable Development (In press) Online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/sd.522
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 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15568318.2011.605210
Golub, A. 2010. Welfare and equity impacts of gasoline price changes under different public transportation service levels. The Journal of Public Transportation, 13 (3): 1-21. http://www.nctr.usf.edu/jpt/pdf/JPT13-3Golub.pdf
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. http://dx.doi.org/10.3141/2163-07
Golub, A., R. Balassiano, A. Araujo  and E. Ferreira. 2009. Welfare Analysis of Regulating the Informal Transport Sector in Rio de Janeiro. Transportation, 36: 601-616. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11116-009-9215-y
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.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2009.06.009
Cervero, R., 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.3141/1992-09
Cervero, R., and A. Golub. 2007. Informal transport: A global perspective. Transport Policy, 14 (6). http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tranpol.2007.04.011

Non-Refereed Publications

Golub, A. 2014. Moving Beyond Fordism: “Complete Streets” and the Changing Political Economy of Urban Transportation. In: Zavestoski, S. & Agyeman, J. (Eds.) (In)Complete Streets: Processes, Practices and Possibilities. Routledge. (ISBN: 9780415725873)
Golub, A. 2012. Sustainable Transportation (Chapter 7) in Pijawka, D. & Gromulat, M. (Eds.), Understanding Sustainable Cities: Concepts, Cases, and Solutions. Kendall-Hunt. (ISBN: 9781465203441)
Golub, A. and J. Henderson. 2011. “The greening of mobility in San Francisco.” In Slavin, M., ed. Sustainability in America's Cities: Creating the Green Metropolis. Island Press (ISBN: 9781597267419.
Wilkinson, P., A. Golub, R. Behrens, P. S. Ferro, and H. Schalekamp. 2011. Transformation of urban public transport systems in the Global South. In: Geyer, M. ed. International Handbook of Urban Policy, Vol 3: Issues in the Developing World. Edward Elgar.
Golub, A. 2010. “Buses” and “Sustainable Transportation.”  In A Dictionary of Transport Analysis (edited with P. Nijkamp). Edward Elgar: Cheltenham.
Cervero, R. and A. Golub. 2010. Informal transport as a mobility option.  In H. Dimitriou and R. Gakenheimer, eds., Urban Transport in the Developing World. Policy and Planning for the New Millennium, Edward Elgar (ISBN: 9781848441392) 
Kuby, M. and A. Golub, editors.  2009. From Here to There: Transportation Opportunities for Arizona. Background Report for 94th Arizona Town Hall.
Golub, A. 2007.  Car-Sharing. Berkeley Environmental Design Frameworks, Spring 2007. College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley.
Golub, A. 2004.  Brazil's Buses: Simply Successful. Access, 24 (Spring 2004). University of California Transportation Center: Berkeley.


Ph.D. (Civil and Environmental Engineering) University of California Berkeley
M.S. (Mechanical Engineering) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.S. (Mechanical Engineering) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)