Jan Whittington

Jan Whittington

Associate Professor, Urban Design & Planning

Dr. Jan Whittington is Associate Professor of the Department of Urban Design and Planning, at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research applies transaction cost economic theory to networked infrastructures, such as transportation, water, and communications systems, to internalize factors historically treated as external to transactions. Her publications include methodologies for greenhouse gas mitigation and resilience through capital investment planning, examination of the efficiency of public-private contractual arrangements for infrastructure, and the evaluation of online transactions for efficiency, security, and privacy. At the University of Washington, she is the Director of the Urban Infrastructure Lab, Associate Director of the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, and Affiliate Faculty at the Tech Policy Lab. She teaches infrastructure planning and finance, public finance, infrastructure mega-projects, science for environmental policy, planning for water, and land use planning. Her PhD (2008) is in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was advised by economic Nobel laureate Oliver Williamson. Prior to her academic career, she spent 10 years with infrastructure giant Bechtel Corporation, as a strategic planner and environmental scientist. She holds bachelor degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1987). Her master’s degree is in City and Regional Planning, from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (1993).



Sun, F., Whittington, J., Ning, S., Proksch, G., Shen, Q., & Dermisi, S. (2023). Economic resilience during COVID-19: the case of food retail businesses in Seattle, Washington. Frontiers in Built Environment, 9. https://doi.org/10.3389/fbuil.2023.1212244 View Publication


Wang, Yunhong; Lee, Hyun Woo; Tang, Wenzhe; Whittington, Jan; Qiang, Maoshan. (2021). Structural Equation Modeling For The Determinants Of International Infrastructure Investment: Evidence From Chinese Contractors. Journal Of Management In Engineering, 37(4). View Publication


Whittington, Jan; Calo, Ryan; Simon, Mike; Jesse Woo; Meg Young; Schmiedeskamp, Peter. (2015). Push, Pull, And Spill: Atransdisciplinary Case Study In Municipal Open Government. Berkeley Technology Law Journal, 30(3), 1899 - 1966. View Publication

Vitro, Kristen A.; Whittington, Jan. (2015). The Cloud Beneath The Clouds. Planning, 81(1), 35 - 35. View Publication


Hoofnagle, Chris Jay; Whittington, Jan. (2014). Free: Accounting For The Costs Of The Internet's Most Popular Price. Ucla Law Review, 61(3), 606 - 670. View Publication


Armbruster, Ginger; Endicott-popovsky, Barbara; Whittington, Jan. (2013). Threats To Municipal Information Systems Posed By Aging Infrastructure. International Journal Of Critical Infrastructure Protection, 6(3-4), 123 - 131. View Publication


Armbruster, Ginger; Endicott-popousky, Barbara; Whittington, Jan. (2012). Are We Prepared For The Economic Risk Resulting From Telecom Hotel Disruptions? International Journal Of Critical Infrastructure Protection, 5(2), 55 - 65. View Publication

Whittington, Jan. (2012). When To Partner For Public Infrastructure? Journal Of The American Planning Association, 78(3), 269 - 285. View Publication