Susan Christopherson

Susan Christopherson (1947–2016) was a geographer committed to the integration of scholarly work and public engagement. She published a series of key articles and a prize-winning book examining how market governance regimes influence regional economic development and firm strategies. She was also a recognized expert in the field of media studies with a record of research and publication on the media entertainment industries. She had more than 100 publications on topics illuminating the spatial dimensions of economy and society, and served on numerous editorial boards. She was the editor-in-chief of the Regional Studies Association/Taylor Francis Book Series on Cities and Regions.

Christopherson's public engagement spanned the local and the global. She consulted with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the United Nations, and directed projects on economic development in the U.S. Great Lakes region. Her recent work focused on human-environment relations, related to unconventional energy extraction. Christopherson received a Ph.D. from the University of California–Berkeley.

Susan Christopherson passed away on December 14, 2016.

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  • CRP 4170/5170 Economic Development, Firms, Industries, and RegionsEconomic development describes the sustained, purposeful actions of policy makers and community leaders to improve the standard of living and economic health of a city or region. Economic development action arenas include development of human capital, critical infrastructure, industry competitiveness, and social inclusion. This comparative course introduces basic concepts and draws on cases from a variety of industries and national contexts. Particular attention is paid to economic development issues and policies in  the United States.
  • CRP 3090/5090 Community DevelopmentIntroduction to the theory, method, and practice of contemporary community development. Topics include the role community-based organizations play in promoting sustainable development; enhancing the organizational capacity of community-based organizations; and the interplay between neighborhood-based community development activities and regional economic development policy-making.
  • CRP 8000 Advanced Urban TheoryIntroduction to key conceptual and empirical literature in urban theory. Focuses on the relationship between political and economic processes and their joint influence on urban spatial form.

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • A Comprehensive Economic Impact Analysis of Natural Gas Extraction in the Marcellus Shale
  • Cornell University Economic Impact Study and Additional Economic Analysis
  • Best Book Award for Remaking Regional Economies: Power, Labor and Firm Strategies in the Knowledge Economy, Regional Studies Association (2009)

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