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David Brain

David Brain started out to be an architect until an interest in urban issues drew him to a Ph.D. in sociology.  He is a professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, and directs the Urban Studies program at New College of Florida.

David’s research and teaching interests focus on the connections between place-making, community-building, and civic engagement, and on sociological issues related to the planning and design of humane, equitable and sustainable cities.  His work has led to practical involvements that include independent consulting and neighborhood-oriented action research that

engages students in collaboration with local community groups.  He has been recognized internationally as an expert on contemporary efforts to transform the way cities are built, and as a frequent contributor to educational programs for citizens and professional practitioners.

He and his wife, Carmela Pedicini, are also musicians with the band Passerine.  They live in Sarasota with their big white dog, Gryphon.