Pedigo, Steven | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.S., Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University
  • M.A., The University of Illinois at Champaign
  • B.S., The University of Texas at Austin
Research Areas
  • Economic Development
  • Urban Affairs and City Management
  • Urban Policy and Housing

Steven Pedigo is a professor of practice at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and the director of the LBJ Urban Lab.

As an expert in urban economic development, regional cooperation and placemaking, Pedigo has developed strategies for more than 50 cities and regions in the United States and other countries, including New York, Jerusalem, Vancouver, Dallas, Washington, DC, Brisbane, the Yukon, Tulsa, Austin, Portland, Newark, San Diego-Tijuana, Miami, Sao Paulo, Monterrey, Mexico City and many others.

Prior to joining the LBJ School, Pedigo was clinical professor at the Schack Institute of Real Estate at New York University.

Earlier in his career, he served as vice president for the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), a national research organization founded by Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter to encourage private-sector investment into U.S. distressed urban areas.

Pedigo holds a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin and graduate degrees from the H. John Heinz III School for Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


FeatureOctober 5, 2021
Op-Ed: Texas is the future of America

"As goes Texas, so will the United States — for better or for worse," writes LBJ Urban Lab Director Steven Pedigo in a guest essay in the New York Times. His analysis looks at Texas's influx of citizens, its economy, its rapidly changing demographics, its approach to business and the politics its leaders are practicing — and predicts its influence on the rest of the country. 


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Media MentionAugust 23, 2021
How far are Texans from open rebellion against Greg Abbott?

The new census figures show that the growth in Texas since 2010 is in the cities — fully 87 percent of new residents have opted for life in our biggest metropolitan areas, while rural communities remain stagnant, according to Steven Pedigo, the director of the Urban Lab at the University of Texas at Austin's Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, in a CNN report. Our four biggest cities now account for 68 percent of the state's population, up from 64 percent in 2010.

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NewsApril 9, 2021
April 9: Faculty Research, Policy Engagement and News

10 features from the week 

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