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.


Media MentionNovember 6, 2019
Riding while drunk and other dangers of the electric scooter craze

Steven Pedigo, director of the LBJ Urban Lab, weighs in on the challenges cities face in integrating electric scooters into the urban landscape.

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Media MentionNovember 1, 2019
UT’s new Urban Lab hopes to improve Texas cities

Urban Lab Director Steven Pedigo talks with the Alcalde about the lab's mission, why Texas is the right setting for his work, and the challenges facing Austin. 

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Media MentionSeptember 30, 2019
Opinion: Texas must lead the charge on climate change

Steven Pedigo, director of the LBJ Urban Lab, and Laura Huffman (MPAff '91), Texas state director of the Nature Conservancy, write that Texas should be at the forefront of creating policies for cities to deal with climate change, and point to Proposition 8, legislation on the ballot this November that would create a statewide flood planning process that would create a fund for flood infrastructure projects.

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