Petra (Stieninger) Hurtado is research director at the American Planning Association (APA), heading its research team, programs, and related initiatives. Her areas of expertise and research focus include sustainable planning practices; planning and equity; smart cities; nature-based solutions; environmental psychology; and integration of technology, community, and nature. Prior to joining APA, Hurtado worked as an adviser, planner, researcher, and educator in the global urban sustainability arena. She has a PhD in urban planning from the Vienna University of Technology, where she teaches urban sustainability and environmental psychology. Additionally, she has been a guest lecturer at Loyola University Chicago and the Universidad Tecnologica de Bolivar, Colombia.
Hurtado has authored and coauthored multiple books, research papers, publicly funded reports, and articles and has presented as a subject matter expert at numerous conferences around the globe.