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Westfield State University GPS Professor Dristi Neog authors new book

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Westfield—Dristi Neog, Ph.D. an assistant professor of geography, planning, and sustainability (GPS) at Westfield State University, has authored a book titled Shaping our Future: Community Planning Basics for Happier, Healthier and More Sustainable Cities, published by Cognella Academic Publishing in August 2019.

Shaping Our Future is a contemporary and comprehensive introductory text to the field of planning. It touches on various aspects of community/urban planning, exposing the reader to all dimensions of the profession, including topics such as the advent of big data and sustainable development.

Dr. Neog earned a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from Florida University, a master of city and regional planning from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a bachelor of architecture from Jawaharal Nehru Technological University in India.

Her research interests include: transportation and land use dynamics, sustainable communities, land use and pedestrian travel behavior, transit planning, land resource management, and application of GIS to urban planning.

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society. For more information about Westfield State University, visit,, or


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