CONTACT JIM SCHWAB if you would like to book one of his presentations.

Photo by Mike Johnson. Reproduced with permission from the American Planning Association.

Jim Schwab is a frequent speaker on urban planning topics. His career has included hundreds of presentations in a wide variety of settings. He has spoken both in the U.S. and abroad, including a set of lectures and seminars in New Zealand in 2008 as part of a Visiting Fellowship with the Centre for Advanced Engineering in New Zealand at the University of Canter-bury in Christchurch. In the photo, he is speaking at a conference in Venice, Italy, on the use of city planning in the U.S. to address issues raised by climate change. He plans to spend more time on the lecture circuit since leaving APA at the end of May 2017.


Jim is speaking on two panels at the North Carolina APA Conference in Greenville, once on September 26 on “Advancing Resilience Through Community Planning,” and then on September 27 on “Land Sub-Division in the Floodplains of Rural North Carolina.” Jim will also be speaking October 26 in Canton, Texas, at a roundtable workshop sponsored by Texas APA and the Texas chapter of American Public Health Association. He is also scheduled to keynote the 4th Disaster Recovery Conference for Salt Lake County in Salt Lake City, Utah, on December 6.


May 6: Panelist, “Conservation Tools Help Planners See Green,” APA National Planning Conference, New York
March 30: Opening panel keynote, “Utilizing Climate Data to Inform Municipal Planning and Increase Resilience,” University of Nebraska, Lincoln
February 7: Panelist, “Planning for Resilience,” NOAA Coastal GeoTools Conference, Charleston, SC


September 13: Panelist for webinar for Bill Anderson Fund|
September 12: Featured webinar speaker for International Municipal Lawyers Association
September 1: Webinar panelist for “Upgrade Your Hazard Mitigation Plans to Climate Ready & FEMA Funding Eligible,” Model Forest Policy Program webinar
July 13: Panelist, “Developing in Flood-Prone Areas,” Natural Hazards Workshop, Broomfield, Colorado
July 11: Panelist, “Whole Community Approaches to Disaster Resilience,” Natural Hazards Workshop, Broomfield, Colorado
June 21: Panelist, “Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas” workshop, Association of State Floodplain Managers annual conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan
April 4: Panelist, “Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas,” APA National Planning Conference, Phoenix
April 4: Moderator, “NOAA Supporting Resiliency,” APA National March Planning Conference, Phoenix
March 9: Keynote speaker, Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management annual conference, Tinley Park, Illinois
February 10: “Short and Sweet” session presenter, Social Coast Forum, Charleston, S.C.


October 7: Panelist, “Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery,” Illinois APA Chapter annual conference
September 9: Keynote, American Society of Civil Engineers Coastal Structures & Solutions to Coastal Disasters Joint Conference, Boston
September 8: Workshop speaker, SAGE Coastal Adaptation Pre-conference Workshop, Northeastern University, Boston
July 22: Panelist, “Issues in Disaster Recovery,” Natural Hazards Workshop session, Broomfield, Colo.
July 20: Opening plenary panelist, Natural Hazards Workshop, Broomfield, Colo..
June 26: Co-presenter for pilot workshop, “Advanced Disaster Recovery Strategies for Local Communities,” sponsored by National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, held in Raleigh, N.C.
June 4: Webinar presenter, “Water Hazards and Community Resilience,” sponsored by NOAA Climate Program Office
April 19: Panelist, “Coping with Heat and Drought,” APA 
National Planning Conference, Seattle
April 18: Panelist, “Climate Change Projections and Community Planning,” 
APA National Planning Conference, Seattle
March 31: Panelist, “Coastal Inundation,” 
Coastal GeoTools conference, North Charleston, South Carolina
January 22: Keynote, Risk-Based Land Use Planning, Workshop hosted by Justice Institute of British Columbia, New Westminster, B.C., Canada (remotely by Adobe Connect)
January 13: Panelist, Partnerships Session, NOAA Regional Integrated Science & Assessments Conference, Charleston, S.C.


October 29: Panelist, “Mitigation Planning Integration with Comprehensive Planning,” Sixth Triennial ASFPM Mitigation and Flood-Proofing Workshop, Omni Interlocken Resort and Hotel, Broomfield, Colorado
September 30: Panelist,
 “Core Concepts in Disaster Recovery,” 3rd International Conference on Urban Disaster ReductionHotel Boulderado, Boulder, Colorado
September 3: Panelist, “Disasters and Extreme Weather” all-day workshop at the Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference, Riverside Hilton Hotel, New Orleans
August 19: Presenter, “Resilient Great Lakes Communities,” No Adverse Impact seminar, hosted by Association of State Floodplain Managers, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
June 23: Panelist, "Post-Disaster Recovery: What's the Plan," Natural Hazards Workshop, Broomfield, Colorado
June 18-19: Co-presenter, "Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation," Two-Day Planners Training Service Workshop, Boston
June 11: Presenter, No Adverse Impact Webinar, Association of State Floodplain Managers
May 21: Co-presenter, Advanced Concepts in Post-Disaster Recovery," National Homeland Security Conference, Philadelphia
May 20: Panelist, "Smart Cities, Resilient Regions," Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago
April 28: Moderator, "Redevelopment after Sunday" plenary, APA National Planning Conference, Atlanta
April 28: Moderator, "Sandy, Midwest Floods, and the Northridge Earthquake," APA National Planning Conference, Atlanta
March 10: Co-presenter of full-day workshop, "Advance Concepts in Post-Disaster Recovery," at the Pacific Risk Management Ohana Conference, Honolulu
February 26: Speaker, "Planning and Drought," at the NIDIS Missouri Valley Workshop, Nebraska City, Nebraska
February 12: Webinar presenter, "Planning and Drought," NIDIS Drought Webinar
February 3: Panelist, Workshop on Post-Disaster Health Care, Institute of Medicine, Washington, D.C.
January 26: Webinar presenter, "Planning the Urban Forest," U.S. Forest Service "Open Space Conservation Webinar" series


In recent years, Jim has served as adjunct faculty at both the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) and the University of Iowa.  At UIC, he co-instructed, with Richard Roths, a graduate-level course on hazard mitigation and disaster recovery in the College of Urban Policy and Public Affairs, Urban Planning and Policy Department, in 2007 and 2009. At the University of Iowa, since 2008, he has taught every fall semester “Planning for Disaster Mitigation and Recovery.” This latter assignment is also helping Jim pursue his particular long-term interest in writing a book about the 1993 and 2008 Midwest floods.