Dan Milz

Dan Milz, Faculty, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, UH Mānoa

Assistant Professor
Saunders 107C
(808) 956-6866 

Areas of Interest

Environmental Planning, Dispute Resolution, Facilitation, Community Engagement, Participatory/Collaborative Planning, Resilience


  • PhD. Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.U.P. in Land Use and Environmental Planning, University of Michigan
  • B.S. in Environmental Science, Roanoke College


Dan Milz is an Assistant Professor with a dual appointment in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution. He teaches in the Environmental Planning and Sustainability Course Stream and in the Matsunaga Institute’s Conflict Resolution Certificate Program. Dr. Milz studies the science and politics of environmental planning by analyzing how people think about ecological systems as they make plans and propose new policies. His research agenda has three components. First, it investigates the cognitive aspects of practical environmental judgments in participatory settings to observe how stakeholders learn to make better plans. Second, he researches the role that data visualization tools play in supporting planning processes. Finally, he explores how professional facilitators help local stakeholders improve planning and policy outcomes. Dr. Milz has studied regional wastewater planning on Cape Cod, water supply planning in the Chicago region, community green infrastructure planning in urban neighborhoods, and stakeholder learning in community engagement processes.

Courses Instructed

  • PACE 668 Facilitating Community and Organizational Change (Fall 2019)
  • PLAN 620 Environmental Policies and Programs (Spring 2020)
  • PLAN/PACE 629 Advanced Negotiation (Spring 2020)

Selected Publications

Milz, Dan. “Spatial Planning Judgments and Computer Supported Collaborative Planning.” Planning Theory & Practice 20.1 (2019): 70-96.

Milz, Dan. “The hidden benefits of facilitated dialogue.” Journal of Planning Education and Research (2018): 0739456X18798903.

Radinsky, J., et al. “How planners and stakeholders learn with visualization tools: using learning sciences methods to examine planning processes.” Journal of environmental planning and management 60.7 (2017): 1296-1323.