Kieran Donaghy

Kieran Donaghy's research and teaching focus on issues of globalization, development ethics, climate change and environmental policy, macroeconomic modeling, regional planning, infrastructure systems, and international conflict resolution. He is the departing faculty director of economic development at Cornell's Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the European Commission, research departments of several European central banks, and other international, state, and federal agencies. Donaghy was the executive director of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI) from 1997 to 2003 and was elected as a fellow of the RSAI in 2015.

Donaghy received a B.A. from the State University at Albany in sociology and philosophy prior to receiving his M.S. and Ph.D. in regional science from Cornell.

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Classes (Selected)

  • CRP 3011/6011 Ethics, Development, and Globalization This seminar surveys some of the most important recent contributions to the literatures of development ethics and global ethics and examines their power to illuminate such issues as the nature of development, poverty and human rights, globalization and local autonomy, environmentalism and consumerism, and humanitarian intervention and just wars.
  • CRP 8100 Seminar in Advance Planning Theory A major objective of the seminar is to promote thinking about what work planning theory  should do, what its scope should be, and how theorizing should proceed.  The qualifier 'advanced' in the seminar's title partly reflects the fact that topics considered go beyond material covered in a typical introductory Master's level planning theory course.  The focus of the seminar is more on planning theory and theoretical work it presumes (e.g. on rationality, the nature of explanation and justification, argumentation, validation of value judgments, the history of deep-seated social norms, public interests and collective action, and utopian thought), and less on substantive matters that planning theories seek to explain or justify.
  • CRP 3210 Intro to Quantitative Methods for the Analysis of Public PolicyThis course introduces students to the principles of quantitative policy analysis. We consider core modeling tools used by planners and policy analysts to identify optimal choices in the face of interdependent alternatives, limited resources, and uncertainties. The models to be discussed are of the analytical, quantitative category, including decision trees, difference equations, linear programming, and benefit-cost analysis. Effectiveness in structuring complex problems and in reducing the complexity of a problem is the unifying theme in this wide array of tools. The course emphasizes the application to planning and public policy decision making. To that end, the lectures balance theoretical concepts, real-world applications, and computer simulations.
  • CRP 5250 Intro to Methods of Planning AnalysisThis course provides an introduction to methods for developing and evaluating (for the most part) quantitative information in support of planning. The methods considered are widely used by planning practitioners and policy analysts and embody modalities of thinking that often structure the ways that issues are framed for public discussions and policy decisions. CRP 5250 is a four-credit-hour course; hence, by university expectations, it is assumed that students will spend up to eight hours per week on readings and assignments or in attending recitation sessions outside of class.
  • CRP 8010 Advanced Seminar in Urban and Regional Theory II (Location Theory)This course surveys traditional and more recent explanations of the location, aggregation, and fragmentation of economic activities in space under different assumptions about the mobility of factors, transportation (or more generally, transaction) costs, economies of scale, and the competitiveness of markets. The relationship between theories of trade and location will be considered, as will the effects on spatial economies of policy interventions.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Hirotada Kohno Award for Outstanding Service to the RSAI (2007)
  • David E. Boyce Award in Recognition of Distinguished Service to the Field of Regional Science (2003)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Continuous-Time Estimation of a Spatial Endogenous Growth Model with Spatial Panel Data, North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, San Francisco (2009)
  • Resource-Based Sustainable Development: An Energy Planning Model for Nigeria, North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International, Brooklyn (2008)
  • Models of Travel Demand with Endogenous Preference Change and Heterogeneous Agents, invited lecture to the Department of Economics, Rochester Institute of Technology (2008)

Publications (Selected)

  • Donaghy, Kieran P., Nazmiye Balta-Ozkan, and Geoffrey J. Hewings. "Modeling Unexpected Events in Temporally Disaggregated Econometric Input–Output Models of Regional Economies." Economic Systems Research 19, no. 2 (2007), 125-145.
  • Cooper, Russel, Kieran Donaghy, and Geoffrey Hewings. Globalization and Regional Economic Modeling. New York: Springer, 2010.
  • "Climate Change and Planning: Responding to the Challenge." Town Planning Review, (2007)