Adam Millard-Ball
  • Title
    • Associate Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Environmental Studies Department
  • Affiliations Economics Department
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  • Email
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  • Office Location
    • Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, 459
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  • Mail Stop Environmental Studies
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Courses Taught ENVS 25: Environmental Policy and Economics, ENVS 141: Ecological Economics, ENVS 196: Green Cities (Senior Seminar), ENVS 196: Developing a Pedestrian Plan (Senior Seminar), IDEASS (Impact Designs: Engineering and Sustainability through Student Service)

Summary of Expertise

  • Climate change policy
  • Transportation policy and planning
  • Environmental economics
  • Urban planning

Research Interests

My research bridges urban planning and environmental economics, and addresses some of the key challenges in transportation, energy and climate change policy. For more details about my research and teaching, please visit my website.

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., Stanford University, 2011 (Environment and Resources)
M.A., University of Edinburgh, 1998 (Geography)

Selected Publications

• Millard-Ball, Adam (2018), "Pedestrians, autonomous vehicles and cities."  Journal of Planning Education and Research, in press. See also Planetizen blog.
• Barrington-Leigh, Chris and Millard-Ball, Adam (2017), "The world's user-generated road map is more than 80% complete." PLOS ONE, 12(8): e0180698.
• Guerra, Erick and Millard-Ball, Adam (2017), "Getting around a license-plate ban: Behavioral responses to Mexico City's driving restriction." Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 55: 113-126.
• Barrington-Leigh, Chris and Millard-Ball, Adam (2017), "More connected urban roads reduce US GHG emissions." Environmental Research Letters, 12(4): 044008.
• St-Louis, Evelyne and Millard-Ball, Adam (2016), “Cap-and-trade, crowding out, and the implications for municipal climate policy motivations.” Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 34(8): 1693-1715. 
• Allison, Juliann; Press, Daniel; Horowitz, Cara; Millard-Ball, Adam; and Pincetl, Stephanie (2016), "Paths to carbon neutrality: Lessons from California." Ch. 7 of Ramanathan, Veerabhadran (ed.), "Bending the Curve. Ten scalable solutions for carbon neutrality and climate stability," Collabra 2(1): 21.
• Barrington-Leigh, Chris and Millard-Ball, Adam (2015), “A century of sprawl in the United States.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(27): 8244–8249. See also data and visualizations.
• Millard-Ball, Adam (2015), “Phantom Trips. Overestimating the Traffic Impacts of New Development.”  Journal of Transport and Land Use, 8(1): 31-49. See also short version in Access magazine.
• Millard-Ball, Adam; Weinberger, Rachel; and Hampshire, Robert (2014), “Is the Curb 80% Full or 20% Empty? Assessing the Impacts of San Francisco’s Parking Pricing Experiment.Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 63: 76–92
• Millard-Ball, Adam; Weinberger, Rachel; and Hampshire, Robert (2013), “Comment on Pierce and Shoup: Evaluating the Impacts of Performance-Based Parking.” Journal of the American Planning Association, 79(4): 330-336
• Brandt, Adam; Millard-Ball, Adam; Ganser, Matthew; and Gorelick, Steven (2013), “Peak Oil Demand. The role of fuel efficiency and alternative fuels in a global oil production decline.Environmental Science & Technology, 47(14): 8031-8041
• Millard-Ball, Adam (2013), “The Trouble With Voluntary Emissions Trading. Uncertainty and adverse selection in sectoral crediting programs.Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 65(1): 40-55
• Millard-Ball, Adam (2013), “The Limits to Planning. Causal impacts of city climate action plans.Journal of Planning Education and Research, 33(1): 5-19
• Kerr, Suzi and Millard-Ball, Adam (2012), “Cooperation to Reduce Developing Country Emissions,” Climate Change Economics, 3(4): 1250023
• Millard-Ball, Adam (2012), “Do City Climate Plans Reduce Emissions?Journal of Urban Economics, 71(3): 289-311
• Millard-Ball, Adam (2012), “The Tuvalu Syndrome. Can geoengineering solve climate’s collective action problem?Climatic Change, 110(3/4): 1047-1066
• Millard-Ball, Adam and Schipper, Lee (2011), “Are We Reaching Peak Travel? Trends in passenger transport in eight industrialized countries.Transport Reviews, 31(3): 357-378
• Millard-Ball, Adam and Ortolano, Leonard (2010), “Constructing Carbon Offsets. The obstacles to quantifying emission reductions,” Energy Policy, 38(1): 533-546
• Millard-Ball, Adam (2009), “Cap and Trade: Five implications for transportation planners,Transportation Research Record, 2119: 20-26. (Recipient of Transportation Research Board Fred Burggraf Award)