William Riggs

William (Billy) Riggs, Ph.D., AICP, LEED AP is a nationally recognized professor, consultant, and strategist. His research focuses on policy and innovation related to transportation, housing, economics, and emerging technology, and he has over 50 publications in these areas, which has been featured in multiple national media outlets—including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the Atlantic.He currently holds a professorship in policy and management at University of San Francisco and is Principal and Director of Research at Sustinere Consulting. In the past he has held additional academic appointments at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Jose State University and the University of Louisville. In addition to his academic capacity Dr. Riggs also has over 15 years of experience as a practicing policy maker and planner, including work as the Transportation Program Manager for UC Berkeley, a planner for the US Coast Guard, and service as a Planning Commissioner for the City of San Luis Obispo. He has He holds a PhD from UC Berkeley, and is a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Committee on Transportation Economics. 

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Courses taught by William Riggs

Introductory Housing Analysis with Excel

Planners play a crucial role in making housing more affordable and livable. In this course, you will learn about basic market principles, how to judge housing needs, and how to meet that housing need through affordable housing—all the data and analysis skills needed to estimate housing needs.

55 Mins

Introductory Population Analysis with Excel

Whether you're new to population analysis or just need a refresher, this course offers a comprehensive overview of the steps necessary to conduct analysis and develop projections using publicly available data. The course reviews Census data and builds skills, such as population projection, cohort survival, and concentration calculations that are essential for every professional in the planning and design community.

50 Mins

Introductory Urban Economics Analysis with Excel

Economic data is all around us. When we buy coffee or go to the movies, each of those actions involve an economic exchange or a trade of resources. This course teaches Microsoft Excel in applying the concepts of economics to the work of planners. By discussing data analysis techniques, such as sector analysis and economic base calculation with location quotient, you will gain the skills to work with economic data and become a more informed participant in the economic marketplace.

28 Mins

Planning for the Autonomous Future

This course will cover emerging forms of digital transportation, with a specific focus on smart, connected, autonomous vehicles.

78 Mins