Speakers and Panelists

The following academics have been confirmed to speak at the 2013 CRAE conference. Please see the CRAE program to see the schedule of speakers.

Invited Speakers:

The Economic Geography of Growth: Patterns, Challenges and Policy Implications

Regions, Clusters & Institutional Change: The Role of Universities

Poverty and Place across the United States: Subnational Disparities in Economic Well-being and Their Significance for Research and Policy

AEDE Faculty Panelists:

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NARSC Keynote Speaker: Philip McCann, Ph.D.

Professor Philip McCann holds The University of Groningen Endowed Chair of Economic Geography. He is one of the world’s most highly cited and widely recognized economic geographers and spatial economists of his generation, having published of over one hundred academic research papers. He has been invited as a keynote speaker in over seventy national and international conferences, seminars and symposia in nineteen countries.

In 2010, He was awarded the ERSA 50th Anniversary Award for outstanding research at the European Regional Science Association Congress, Jönköping, Sweden. He won the Moss Madden Memorial Medal by the British & Irish Regional Science Association in 2007 for the most outstanding published paper in a regional science topic in 2006 (jointly awarded with Dr. Alessandra Faggian).

Professor Philip McCann is the author of Urban and Regional Economics, one of the most popular textbooks in the field of regional science. He is also the Co-Editor of Papers in Regional Science; Spatial Economic Analysis; Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies, and Editor of the Edward Elgar Book Series New Horizons in Regional Science.

Professor Philip McCann is sponsored by NARSC as the NARSC Keynote Speaker at CRAE.

Swank Guest Speaker: Neil Reid, Ph.D.

Professor Neil Reid is a regional scientist and industrial geographer with research interests in the area of local economic development. In particular he is interested in the dynamics of local economic development in cities that are located in old industrial regions of the United States. His research has been published in a range of geography and regional science journals including the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, The Professional Geographer, Annals of Regional Science, Papers in Regional Science, and Economic Development Quarterly.

Dr. Reid serves as Chair of the International Geographical Union’s Commission on the Dynamics of Economic Spaces, represents the Regional Science Association of the Americas on the Regional Science Association International Council, serves as Editor for the Americas for Regional Science Policy and Practice, serves on the Editorial Board of Applied Geography, and is the Executive Director of the North American Regional Science Council in January 2013.

Dr. Reid has been awarded the 2010 Edith Rathbun Award for Excellence in Outreach and Engagement. He also won the 2009 Distinguished Service Award from the Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers. Additionally, Dr. Reid was given The 2008-09 Outstanding Researcher Award by University of Toledo.

Dr. Neil Reid is sponsored by the C. William Swank Program as the Swank Guest Speaker at CRAE.

OARDC Guest Speaker: Linda Lobao, Ph.D.

Dr. Linda Lobao is the Professor of Rural Sociology, Sociology, and Geography in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. She also is Chair of the Rural Sociology Graduate Program. Dr. Lobao's research centers on the effects of state and market forces on the socioeconomic well-being of populations across regions and communities. Among other projects, she is currently studying the devolution of public services to county governments across the nation and the impacts on the well-being of their populations.

Dr. Lobao was elected as a Fellow to the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2008. She received the Excellence in Research Award from the Rural Sociological Society in 2004. She was the winner of the Gamma Sigma Delta Award for Distinguished Research in 2002, and she was also the laureate of the Department Research Award from Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) in 2000, 1997 and 1996.

She is the co-author of the well-known book, The Sociology of Spatial Inequality, published by SUNY Press, which received the CHOICE Outstanding Title Award in 2007. She has also served as the Co- Editor of the Cambridge Journal of Regions and Economy and Society since 2006.

Dr. Linda Lobao is sponsored by OARDC as the OARDC Guest Speaker at CRAE.

AEDE Faculty Panelist: Ian Sheldon, Ph.D.

Ian Sheldon is the Andersons Professor of International Trade in the Agricultural,Environmental, and Development Economics Department at The Ohio State University.

Professor Sheldon is the author of 6 books on industrial organization, international trade, and food and global welfare. He has also published in many journals including the Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Agricultural Economics, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, and Applied Economics. Dr. Sheldon is a co-organizer of many academic conferences such as the AAEA Annual Meetings, IAAE Meetings, and IATRC Meetings.
Professor Sheldon's primary research interests are in analyzing international trade and policy. Recent projects include: examination of the interaction between trade and environmental policies, analysis of the effects of exchange rate volatility on international trade flows, examination of the effects of policy on trade in ethanol, and analysis of China’s exchange rate policies. He is currently working on issues related to tariff escalation and the impact of globalization on market structure of the biotechnology sector. Dr. Sheldon has recently completed a term as Chair of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium.
AEDE Faculty Panelist: Elena Irwin, Ph.D.
Elena Irwin is a Professor in the Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics Department at The Ohio State University. She also serves as a member of the National Research Council Committee on Needs and Research for Land Change Modeling and is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics.

Her area of specialization is land use economics and human-natural systems. Her research focuses on spatial modeling of land use and the development of integrated models of land use and ecosystem services at local and regional scales.

Dr. Irwin has published in a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary academic journals, including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Economic Geography, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Land Economics, Annual Review of Resource Economics, Journal of Regional Science, Regional Science and Urban Economics, and Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. She is a co-investigator on several research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, including a coupled natural-human systems project focused on farmer decision-making and Lake Erie water quality and the Baltimore Ecosystem Study, a Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project focused on urban sustainability.

Her research has also been funded by the USDA’s Economic Research Service and US Forest Service, Ohio Sea Grant Program and the James S. McDonnell Foundation. She is the 2008 recipient of the North American Regional Science Council’s Hewings Award for Distinguished Young Scholars in Regional Science and a co-recipient of the 2009 Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America.

AEDE Faculty Panelist: Alessandra Faggian, Ph.D.

Alessandra Faggian is Associate Professor at the Ohio State University, AED Economics Department and co-editor of Papers in Regional Science.

Dr Faggian’s research interests lie in the field of Regional and Urban Economics, Demography, Labour Economics and Economics of Education. Her publications cover a wide range of topics including migration, human capital, labour markets, creativity and local innovation and growth. She has co-authored 40 academic publications (of which 26 in referred journals). Her articles appeared in journals such as Oxford Economics Papers, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Feminist Economics, Regional Studies, Papers in Regional Science, Journal of Regional Science, Growth and Change and Annals in Regional Science. Her work has been cited 764 times in Google Scholar and 272 times in ISI.

She is on the editorial board of Journal of Regional Science and she is book review editor for Growth & Change.

In 2007 she was awarded the Moss Madden Memorial Medal by the Regional Science Association International: Irish and British section (RSAIBIS) for the best paper published in the year 2006. In 2008 she was awarded an ESRC Fellowship in conjunction with the Department of Education and Learning to investigate the impact of the introduction of higher education tuition fees in Northern Ireland. She has been Treasurer of the RSAIBIS between 2009 and 2012. In 2010 she was elected councillor-at-large of RSAI and since 2011 she has been a member of the RSAI Long Range Planning Committee. In 2012 she also became a member of the Board of Directors of WRSA and was elected councillor-at-large for NARSC.