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Regional Science

Field Description

The Ph.D. program is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of regional, interregional, location, and conflict theory in the context of physical and policy spaces and the framework of existing economic, social, and political systems. Students master techniques of analysis of urban-regional systems as they relate to public and private decision making, with heavy emphasis on mathematical models and quantitative methods. Students are fully exposed to the existing and newly developing social science theory that directly relates to the multidisciplinary approach of regional science.

Course offerings focus on the socioeconomic aspects of the physical environment and on the spatial and conflict aspects of socioeconomic systems. Students may ask any member of the Graduate Faculty to serve on their Special Committee. The chairperson must be a member of the Field of Regional Science.

Applicants to the master's degree program who have appropriate and strong background in quantitative methods and economics may, with a very focused program of study, be able to complete their course work in the minimum two semesters. Applicants lacking this background, or those seeking a more broadly based education in regional science, should expect to spend up to four semesters in residence for the master's degree.


Contact Information

Website: http://aap.cornell.edu/academics/crp/graduate/regional-science
Email: regsci@cornell.edu
Phone: 607 255-4376

235 Sibley Dome
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Subject and Degrees

Concentrations by Subject

Regional Science

  • environmental studies
  • international spatial problems
  • location theory
  • multiregional economic analysis
  • peace science
  • planning methods
  • urban and regional economics

Faculty

Concentrations: Regional Science: environmental studies Research Interests: renewable energy integration, bioenergy production, system simulation and optimization
Kaushik Basu - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Regional Science: urban and regional economics
Richard N Boisvert - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Regional Science: urban and regional economics
Nancy Brooks - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Regional Science: urban and regional economics Research Interests: environmental economics; public economics
Concentrations: Regional Science: urban and regional economics Research Interests: residential redevelopment, neighborhood change, gentrification, suburban development/redevelopment
Concentrations: Regional Science: international spatial problems; multiregional economic analysis; urban and regional economics Research Interests: international development; public affairs
Jon M. Conrad - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Regional Science: environmental studies Research Interests: resource economics
Concentrations: Regional Science: environmental studies; planning methods; urban and regional economics Research Interests: Microeconometrics for transportation data analysis; adoption of technological innovation and sustainable energy.
Concentrations: Regional Science: environmental studies; international spatial problems; location theory; multiregional economic analysis; planning methods; urban and regional economics Research Interests: urban and regional modeling; dynamic game theory; transportation modeling; continuous-time econometrics
Concentrations: Regional Science: planning methods Research Interests: applied demography
H. Oliver Gao - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Regional Science: environmental studies Research Interests: infrastructure, systems, environment, and public health
Carla P Gomes - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Regional Science: multiregional economic analysis; planning methods Research Interests: applied economics and quantitative analysis
Concentrations: Regional Science: international spatial problems; multiregional economic analysis Research Interests: economic development; income distribution
David B Lewis - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Regional Science: international spatial problems; planning methods; urban and regional economics Research Interests: science and technology policy in developing nations; quantitative methods for policy evaluation; rural development in Africa and the Middle East
Shanjun Li - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Regional Science: environmental studies; urban and regional economics Research Interests: environmental, energy and resource economics, empirical industrial oranization
Concentrations: Regional Science: environmental studies; multiregional economic analysis; planning methods Research Interests: mathematical modeling of water resources and environmental quality management systems; urban noise control; regional development; engineering economic-ecologic systems analysis; interactive modeling with computer graphics
Concentrations: Regional Science: environmental studies; multiregional economic analysis Research Interests: econometric modeling; economics of energy use and environmental quality; New York State economy; agricultural production
Patrick M. Reed - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Regional Science: environmental studies; planning methods Research Interests: water resources, decision making under uncertainty, multiobjective programming, infrastructure planning
David G Rossiter - (Ithaca) - (Minor Member)
Concentrations: Regional Science: environmental studies Research Interests: spatial statistics, soil-landscape relations, soil survey interpretations
Sidney Saltzman - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Regional Science: planning methods; urban and regional economics
Erik Thorbecke - (Ithaca) - (Graduate School Professor)
Concentrations: Regional Science: planning methods; urban and regional economics Research Interests: development planning; theory of quantitative economic policy; international trade
Concentrations: Regional Science: location theory; planning methods Research Interests: Transportation Systems and Networks; Freight Transportation and Logistics; Critical Infrastructure Vulnerability and Resilience.
Henry Y. Wan - (Ithaca)
Concentrations: Regional Science: multiregional economic analysis; urban and regional economics Research Interests: dynamic economic models; international trade; resource economics
Concentrations: Regional Science: planning methods; urban and regional economics Research Interests: government finance and policy; economic development; privatization; spatial inequality