Sarah Fischer, a spring Ohio State graduate, became interested in sustainable international development as a high school student, when she learned that her French teacher’s husband was a former child slave in Haiti. Working with the nonprofit organization that he started to free other child slaves, she learned how deforestation and lack of environmental education contribute to poverty in developing countries such as Haiti.
“At some point, I realized that it doesn't really make sense for us to go into other countries to tell them how to do things when we have so many environmental problems in the United States,” says Fischer, who received her degree in environment, economy, development and sustainability (EEDS). “So I began researching what our largest challenges were, and that’s how I got interested in promoting sustainability, specifically in the transportation and energy sectors.”
AEDE Professor Mark Partridge delivered the Regional Science Association International’s Fellows Plenary Lecture “Follow the Money: Aggregate, Sectoral and Spatial Effects of an Energy Boom on Local Earnings.”
AEDE Graduate student Daniel Crown was a Finalist of the 2017 North American Regional Science Council Student-Led Paper Competition for his paper titled "High-Skilled Immigration and the Skill Composition of Native Workers," coauthored with Alessandra Faggian.
AEDE faculty members and graduate students were recently recognized for their accomplishments at the 63rth Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International (NARSC) in Minneapolis.
The U.S. and Ohio economies will continue to recover from the Great Recession in 2015 with continued but slow growth, according to Mark Partridge, an AEDE professor who holds the C. William Swank Chair in Rural-Urban Policy. Partridge, who specializes in the analysis of regional growth patterns, spoke during the Dec. 1 kickoff of the college’s 2014-2015 Agricultural Policy and Outlook series.
Cristina Connolly, Kathryn Dotzel, Norma Gomez, Isha Rajbhandari and Wendong Zhang, all students in AEDE’s doctoral program, have been awarded travel funding from Ohio State’s Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) to present papers at upcoming national conferences in Washington D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia that focus on the study of regional science.
Kathryn Dotzel, a doctoral student studying under Alessandra Faggian at AEDE, is spending her summer interning at the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS). She is working with a team of researchers to analyze the pilot results of the Rural Establishment Innovation Survey, which was launched for the first time in 2013, and examines business innovation in rural America.
The Ohio State University Board of Trustees recently approved the promotion of Dr. Alessandra Faggian to the rank of Professor and Dr. H. Allen Klaiber to the rank of Associate Professor. Congratulations to these outstanding AEDE faculty members!