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Janni Sorensen holds a PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois–Champaign Urbana and is Landinspektør from AAU 1997. She is engaged in research in the areas of planning in urban areas and in coastal transition. Before coming to AAU she worked as an associate professor at UNC Charlotte. In 2008 she established the Charlotte Action Research Project (CHARP).  Her research agenda is focused on neighborhood scale participatory urban planning and community organizing. Dr. Sorensen’s work has led to many journal articles and several grants from local government and foundations that have supported her ongoing work in Charlotte neighborhoods. In 2017 she received the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) “Excellence and Innovation Award for the Civic Learning and Community Engagement Award.” And in 2018 she received the UNC Charlotte Bonnie E Cone distinguished professorship in Community Engagement.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

Regional Planning, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Award Date: 1 Jun 2007


Award Date: 1 Jul 1997

External positions

Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

2008 → …

assistant director, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


PhD candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



  • Geography and Geology
  • Sociology and Social Conditions
  • Environment
  • Politics and Administration
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Traffic and Transportation


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