Bradley Wilson Lane, PhD

School of Public Affairs and Administration
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Snow Hall
Room 217
University of Kansas


Dr. Lane does research on sustainability-themed research questions around technological, economic, and infrastructure developments in urban transportation, and he frequently utilizes quantitative methods and GIS in his work.

His current research projects study what many call “the three revolutions” of transportation: electric vehicles, connected and autonomous vehicle technology, and shared mobility. He looks at questions about the diffusion of these different technologies, and how it may impact the sustainability of transportation. He has also done extensive work on the factors influencing interest in and the diffusion of electric vehicles, the relationship between gasoline prices and public transportation provision and usage, and on causes and effects of investments in urban rail transit.

Dr. Lane’s teaching experience includes courses in human geography, human impact on the environment, internships in Law and Society and Public Administration, policy analysis, research methods in Geography and Public Administration, sustainable transportation, transportation methods planning, urban and regional planning, and world regional geography.

Dr. Lane is the Undergraduate Program Director for SPAA. He has served as a reviewer for numerous major journals in geography, sustainability, and transportation, and is currently the Chair of the Transportation Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers.

Outside of the academy, he played for the golf team at Rice University in college, was the Kansas Mid-Amateur Player of the Year from 2015, 2016, and 2017, and served as playing captain of team Kansas for the 2016 USGA State Team Championship.


B.A., Political Science and Policy Studies, Rice University, 2003
M. A., Geography, Indiana University, 2006
PhD., Geography, Indiana University, 2010



My teaching and mentoring philosophy centers on building relationships with students, growing communication and analytical skills for advancement in the professional world, erasing student anxiety with data, math, and statistics, and acting as an advocate to facilitate their professional growth.

Teaching Interests:

  • Human Impact on the Environment
  • GIScience and Spatial Analysis
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Smart Cities and Smart Transportation
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Transportation Planning and Policy
  • Urban and Regional Planning


My research is about key issues on the sustainability of transportation. Currently, my work is focused on the effect of alternative fuels to petroleum, the advancement of connected and autonomous vehicle technology, and the rise of shared mobility/mobility-as-a-service to transportation sustainability.


Research Interests:

  • Alternative fueled vehicles
  • Connected and autonomous vehicle technology
  • Quantitative and spatial analysis
  • Shared mobility/mobility as a service
  • Smart city and smart transportation
  • Travel behavior
  • Urban form



I am currently the Undergraduate Program Director in SPAA, and the Chair of the Transportation Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers. I regularly peer reviews articles for the major journals in transportation and sustainability, and I am active in the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences.