Daniel Sykes

This is Daniel’s first year in the MS URPL program here at UW. He has a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Utah State University (cum laude), with minors in linguistics and theatre.
Passionate about the citizen consultation process and local democracy, Daniel currently volunteers with Voters First Wisconsin among other organizations. In his coursework, Daniel is examining deliberative mini publics and citizens juries in planning, and hopes to explore the policy impacts of democratic versus top-down planning mechanisms.
Daniel hopes to help municipalities be more fiscally, ecologically, and socially sustainable as well as more equitable to help cities and regions develop while minimizing the negative impacts of development like gentrification, displacement and skyrocketing rent and inflation.