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Moira O'Neill

Moira O’Neill is an Associate Research Scientist, Law & Planning.  She holds additional appointments as a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment at Berkeley Law and as an Associate Research Scholar at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in the Urban Community Health Equity Lab.

Moira’s research is at the intersection of city planning and local government law. Her current projects explore the local regulation of land to increase public benefits, broadly. She is the Principal Investigator of two statewide studies–one project focuses on how local and state land use regulations interact to slow or accelerate equitable infill development and the other explores sustainable school meal reform.

Her research and teaching build on more than a decade of professional experience in legal practice and consulting for public entities. 

At Columbia, Moira teaches Community Development and Local Government Law & Politics. She previously taught Introduction to Environmental Law and Planning, Land Use Controls, and Local Government Law at UC Berkeley in the Department of City and Regional Planning and the School of Law.