Professor, Urban & Regional Planning Program; Director, MSUE Urban Collaborators
Research Interests: Economic development, urban revitalization, planning practice
PhD in regional planning and a masters in regional planning from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a bachelors in architecture with a concentration in design and structural engineering from the Academy of Architecture.
Zenia Kotval is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). She is a Fulbright Scholar and a former Lilly Teaching Fellow. Kotval currently serves as a member of the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) and an ex-officio member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) Governing Board. As a professor of Urban and Regional Planning in the School of Planning, Design and Construction, she regularly teaches courses in economic development and planning practicum. Kotval’s scholarship interests are in community-based development, economic policy and planning, the changing structure and characteristics of local economies, and the impacts of community development strategies. With a strong, structured research, teaching and engagement agenda, she focuses on linking theory and practice with a special emphasis on local economic development, industrial restructuring and urban revitalization. As director of MSU Extension’s Urban Collaborators, Kotval’s service continues to be dedicated to making academic and professional expertise available to meet the needs of Michigan’s core cities. Throughout her years at MSU, she has integrated the world scale and the land grant mission into her scholarship. Kotval is an internationally recognized expert on economic development and community engagement, speaking frequently at national and international venues.