Bradley Bereitschaft, Ph.D.

Department of Geography and Geology
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, NE 68182

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What makes a city successful? How can some cities stand at the forefront of innovation and economic growth, while others seem doomed to stagnation and decay? Why are some cities safer, healthier, and more inclusive than others? And perhaps most importantly, what can we do to make cities more livable places for everyone? In this, the first century in which over half the world's population lives in cities, questions such as these have never taken on greater importance.

In my research I tackle questions of urban livability and sustainability from a variety of perspectives. Much of my work to date has concerned the physical environment of cities and the impact of urban form and design on urban environmental quality. Most recently, my research has focused on the urban-environmental, social, and economic effects of the new "creative-knowledge economy" and neo-liberal "creative city" urban policies.

Refereed Publications

Bereitschaft, B. 2017. Equity in neighbourhood walkability? A comparative analysis of three large U.S. cities . Local Environment. DOI: 10.1080/13549839.2017.1297390  

Bereitschaft, B. 2017. Do “creative” and “non-creative” workers exhibit similar preferences for urban amenities? An exploratory case study of Omaha, Nebraska. Journal of Urbanism. 10(2): 198-216.

Debbage, N., Bereitschaft, B., and Shepherd, J.M. 2016. 
Quantifying the spatiotemporal trends of urban sprawl among large U.S. metropolitan areas via spatial metrics. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy

Smith, R.M., and Bereitschaft, B. 2016. Sustainable Urban Development? Exploring the Locational Attributes of LEED-ND Projects in the United States through a GIS Analysis of Light Intensity and Land UseSustainability. 8(6): 547.
Bereitschaft, B. 2016. Gods of the city? Reflecting on city building games as an early introduction to urban systems. Journal of Geography. 115(2): 51-60. 

Bereitschaft, B., and Cammack, R. 2015. Georeferenced data employed in the spatial analysis of neighborhood diversity and creative class share in Chicago. Data in Brief. 4: 602-605. 

Bereitschaft, B., and Cammack, R. 2015. Neighborhood diversity and the creative class in Chicago. Applied Geography. 63: 166-183.
Bereitschaft, B. 2015. Pedestrian exposure to near-roadway PM2.5 in mixed-use urban corridors: A case study of Omaha, Nebraska. Sustainable Cities and Society. 15: 64-74.

Bereitschaft, B. 2014. Neighborhood change among creative-cultural districts in mid-sized U.S. metropolitan areas, 2000-2010. 
Regional Studies, Regional Science. 1(1): 158-183

Debbage, K., Bereitschaft, B., and Beaver, E. 2014. The geography of non-earned income in the Piedmont Megapolitan Cluster. Southeastern Geographer. 54(2): 97-117.

Bereitschaft, B., and Debbage, K. 2014. Regional variations in urban fragmentation among U.S. metropolitan and megapolitan areas. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy. 7(2): 119-147.

Bereitschaft, B., and Debbage, K. 2013. Urban Form, air quality, and CO2 emissions in large U.S. metropolitan areas. The Professional Geographer. 65(4): 612-635. 

Bereitschaft, B. 2008. Spatial-temporal distribution of tropospheric ozone in the Carolina Piedmont Megapolitan Area. North Carolina Geographer. 16: 49-59.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Physical Geography (GEOG 1030)

GEOG 1030 is a survey course in physical and environmental geography, designed to introduce students to the major natural systems of the Earth, including the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere, and how people impact, and are impacted by, earth systems at local to global scales. Specific topics typically include weather and climate, atmospheric pollution, climate change, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanism, river systems and hydrology, glaciers, and soils. A 3-4 hour field trip is included. 


Field Trip Guide

Urban Geography (GEOG 4120)

The 21st century is an incredibly exciting time to study cities. No other time in human history have so many people lived in urban areas, nor have cities ever been as dominant and well-connected as they are today. This course is designed to serve as an introduction to the complex and dynamic urban system, including the physical, economic, political, cultural, social, and environmental forces that shape the form and function of cities, as well as how individuals and groups experience urban life. Of particular concern in an increasingly urban world are issues of urban sustainability and the role of cities in environmental, economic, and social change at local to global scales. Therefore, a portion of this course is devoted to understanding cities as a force of change, and how development may be guided to produce healthier, more livable communities.



Student-led urban geography tours, May 2014

Field trip to North Omaha, April 2013