June 2015 Issue of the NARSC Newsletter

We proudly present the June 2015 issue of the NARSCNews. This June 2015 edition of the newsletter contains thought pieces on energy and climate change from Mark Partridge, Michael Betz, and Sandy Dall’erba. The profiles of junior members of NARSC in this issue are Carlianne Patrick from Georgia State University and Haifeng Liao from the University of Idaho.

In addition to this information, the newsletter highlights recently funded research of the membership. We wish all of you a pleasant summer and look forward to seeing you all at the NARSC meeting in Portland this November.

Any questions or comments concerning the newsletter can be directed to the editors, Liz Mack or Ran Wei.

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Forecasting Urban Travel

Announcing the publication of a new book, Forecasting Urban Travel, by Huw Williams and David Boyce. A brochure is attached here: Boyce and Williams, Forecasting Urban Travel
Edward Elgar Publishing has provided us with a special 35% discount code for our personal contacts and society members. The offer is valid on the Edward Elgar website until the end of July, 2015, and is for purchases for personal use only (not for resale). The US list price of our hardback book is $205; therefore, the discounted price is $133.25 USD.

To obtain the discount, place ‘VIP35’ in the discount box at checkout.

Please contact sales@e-elgar.co.uk (UK & ROW) or elgarsales@e-elgar.com (N & S America) if you have any difficulty or need any further information.

Position Announcement: Research Assistant Professor, Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University

Position Announcement: Research Assistant Professor, Regional Research Institute, West Virginia University

The Regional Research Institute at West Virginia University is dedicated to multidisciplinary research on the economic and social development of lagging regions. Its focus is on theories and methods for studying regions, and policies for stimulating their development. Ongoing research projects deal with rural economic growth and job creation, environmental analysis, energy policy and technology, and methods for regional policy analysis. RRI projects have been funded by agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the USDA, the Economic Development Administration, the National Energy and Technology Laboratory, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Appalachian Regional Commission.

The person in this position will be expected to play an important role in the Institute’s ongoing projects in regional economic analysis and to pursue and participate actively in externally funded research, from project design through project development and implementation to documentation and reporting. This is a non-tenure track, benefits eligible, full-time, 11-month position with appointment starting on or after August 16, 2015. The appointment is renewable, with the expectation of at least a three-year term.

Research projects in which this person will participate will include those that use and extend the hybrid econometric/input-output (ECIO) forecasting model, those that involve integrating various modeling frameworks to model linkages among environmental, economic, and energy systems, and projects that are initiated during the term of appointment.

Consistent with the theories and principles of economics, the person in this position investigates, studies, evaluates, and conducts analyses related to regional economic development, which can involve impacts of and/or reactions to structural changes; creates reports and predictions; determines effective resolutions and/or develops new products or knowledge. This person uses professional concepts and organizational policies independently and in collaboration to solve a wide range of moderate to complex problems in imaginative and practical ways. Depth of skills, knowledge, and interpretive abilities, as well as some creativity, are required to successfully perform duties. Work effort often addresses non-routine matters within established protocol, guidelines, and/or policies. Position duties may require oversight of projects or programs, including coordination of work by others providing support of basic science objectives.

At the Research Assistant Professor level: (Masters degree plus) 3 years of work experience in a research, policy analysis, or planning environment, applying skills and analytical methods and techniques related to those required for the position; or an earned doctorate, or equivalent

At the Research Associate Professor level: (PhD plus) 3 years of work experience in a research, policy analysis, or planning environment, applying skills and analytical methods and techniques related to those required for the position.  Appointment at this level requires demonstrated ability to obtain external funding.

Degrees should be in economics, geography, urban and regional planning, policy analysis, or related discipline. Applicants should have a strong background in regional economic modeling theory and methods; familiarity with sources of related economic data for model estimation; and familiarity with supporting analytical software including but not limited to some experience with Python or similar scripting or programming languages.

The WVU campus is located in Morgantown, West Virginia. WVU is the state’s major research, doctoral degree-granting, and land-grant institution. We serve over 29,000 student in 191 degree programs offered by 15 academic schools and colleges. Designated as a Research University (High Research Activity), is situated 75 miles south of Pittsburgh, PA, within easy driving distance of major eastern metropolitan areas including NYC and Washington, DC.

Qualified applicants should submit an application cover letter, a statement of research interests, a CV, and names and contact information for at least three professional references at the website http://employmentservices.hr.wvu.edu/wvu_jobs under faculty.

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. WVU is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer.  Under represented class members are encouraged to apply. This includes: minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.

Call for participation: Special Sessions on Spatial Econometrics

Call for participation

Special Sessions on Spatial Econometrics

62nd Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International NARSC – RSAI

November 11-14, 2015, Portland, Oregon, USA

With the increased collection and the diffusion of geo-located spatial data, spatial econometrics has become a pervasive topic in many disciplines. This special session aims at bringing together researchers participating at the NARSC meeting with different substantive research focuses, but that share a common interest in spatial econometric methods and applications. Both theoretical and applied papers will find place in this special session.

If you are interested in contributing a paper to this Special Session, please follow the usual abstract submission procedure athttp://www.narsc.org/newsite/conference/online-abstractsession-submission/ and then send the ID of the submitted paper to:Giuseppe.arbia@rm.unicatt.it


Call for Participation: Special Sessions on GeoComputation

Call for participation

Special Sessions on GeoComputation 

62nd Annual North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International NARSC – RSAI

November 11-14, 2015, Portland, Oregon, USA


The special sessions on various aspects of GeoComputation are planned for the North American Meetings of the Regional Science Association International (NARSC) to be held in Portland, Oregon, USA, November 11-14, 2015. Suitable topics for the session presentations are theoretical, methodological and applied issues related to GeoComputation – spatial analysis and modeling, and in the context of regional science.


Please let us know if you are interested to contribute to the special session(s) by sending an email at <suzanad@sfu.ca> with the title, abstract, name of author(s), affiliations, contact details and the unique ID number at your earliest but not later than June 25th, 2015. The abstract should be 2,000 to 5,500 characters and spaces.


Please note that in order to have your presentation included to the special session we do need the unique identification number (ID). The ID, or PIN, is a number included at the bottom of the confirmation email received following the submission of an abstract.


Detailed information about the NARSC conference can be found at <http://www.narsc.org >. Information about the submission process can be found at <http://www.narsc.org/newsite/?page_id=64>. Conference abstract submission deadline is July 1st, 2015.


Looking forward to seeing you in Portland.


The organizers:


Prof. Suzana Dragićević

Department of Geography

Simon Fraser University, Canada

Email: <suzanad@sfu.ca>



Prof. Jean-Claude Thill

Department of Geography and Earth Sciences

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA

Email: <Jean-Claude.Thill@uncc.edu>


Winner of the Fifteenth Annual Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science

Ahmadreza Faghih Imani of McGill University Selected to Receive the
Fifteenth Annual Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science
Ahmadreza Faghih Imani, a Ph.D. candidate in Civil Engineering at McGill University, was
selected as the winner of the Fifteenth Annual Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in
Regional Science. The Fellowship will provide one-year stipend of $30,000 to support Faghih
Imani in his research entitled, ‘Big Data Analytics: Application to Bicycle Sharing Systems in
North America.’ In recent years, bicycle-sharing systems (BSS) have attracted increasing
attention as a viable mode of transportation for short trips in urban areas. This dissertation
examines bicycle-sharing system behavior from both the users and system perspective.
Specifically, the research develops state-of-art econometric models to study bicycle-sharing
systems. The dissertation incorporates both spatial and temporal correlation; spatial correlation
between different BSS stations and temporal correlation between usage in different time periods
as well as correlation between arrival and departure rates. In addition, by using joint decision
framework, the models are able to account for endogeneity associated with the process of BSS
infrastructure installation. His research is supervised by Dr. Naveen Eluru of the University of
Central Florida.
The Fellowship is awarded in memory of Dr. Benjamin H. Stevens, an intellectual leader whose
selfless devotion to graduate students as teacher, advisor, mentor, and friend continues to have a
profound impact on the field of regional science. Fundraising efforts to increase the Fellowship’s
endowment are ongoing. Donations should be sent to: The Stevens Fellowship Fund, First
Financial Bank, 1205 S. Neil Street, Champaign, IL 61820 USA. Checks should be drawn to The
Stevens Fellowship Fund. Donations may also be made by credit card through the NARSC
website at www.narsc.org/newsite/donations2.php.
The 2015-16 Stevens Fellowship competition was judged by a Selection Committee composed
of: Nathaniel Baum-Snow, Economics, Brown University, Chair; Tony Grubesic, Information
Science and Technology, Drexel University; Elena Irwin, Agricultural, Environmental, and
Development Economics, Ohio State University; Mario Polèse, Urban and Regional Economics,
Université du Québec; and Laurie Schintler, Public Policy, George Mason University. The
Stevens Fellowship Committee administrates the Stevens Fellowship Fund on behalf of the
North American Regional Science Council; its members are: Ronald Miller, Chair; David Boyce,
Secretary; Michael Lahr, Treasurer; Janet Kohlhase; and Neil Reid, Executive Director of
The Committee thanks the 22 students who entered the competition in 2015, as well as their
dissertation supervisors. Faculty at all North American Ph.D. programs related to the
interdisciplinary field of Regional Science are urged to encourage their best students to apply for
the Sixteenth Annual Stevens Graduate Regional Science Fellowship. The winning student’s
thesis research in the field of Regional Science will be supported during the 2016-2017 year with
a one-year stipend of $30,000. The application deadline is February 15, 2016. Full submission
guidelines will be posted at www.narsc.org/newsite/awards-prizesstevens-graduate-fellowshipcall-for-applications/.
May 13, 2015

Call for Applications

Graduate students enrolled in Ph.D. programs in North America are encouraged to apply for the Sixteenth
Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science, administered by the North American
Regional Science Council of the Regional Science Association International (NARSC-RSAI). This
Fellowship, in support of thesis research in Regional Science, is awarded annually in memory of Dr.
Benjamin H. Stevens, an intellectual leader whose selfless devotion to graduate students as teacher,
advisor, mentor, and friend had a profound impact on the field. Regional Science is a multidisciplinary
field concerned with the theory and method of urban and regional phenomena. Regional Scientists apply
theoretical and empirical frameworks and methods of the social and other sciences, as well as develop
new ones specifically for regional analysis and policy.

Eligible students should have completed all degree requirements except for their dissertation by the time
the Fellowship commences. A requirement of the Fellowship is that the recipient has no duties other than
dissertation research during the Fellowship, although the recipient may hold other fellowships
concurrently. Applications from students working in any area or any Ph.D. program are welcome as long
as their dissertation research addresses a research question in Regional Science.

The Fellowship consists of a stipend in the amount of $30,000 (U.S.), paid over a twelve-month period.
Applications for the 2016-2017 Fellowship should be sent electronically by the applicant to the Selection
Committee Chair, Professor Laurie A. Schintler, and received by February 15, 2016. An application
consists of the following materials:

1. A curriculum vita of no more than two (2) pages in length.
2. A statement in ten (10) pages or less explaining the questions and issues to be addressed, the approach
to be used, and the product expected from the thesis research, preceded by a summary (1-page maximum)
describing the intellectual merit of the proposed research, and the broader impacts that may result. The
10-page limit is inclusive of references, but exclusive of tables and figures. This text should be in 12 point
or larger font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins; references may be single-spaced.
3. Copies of the candidate’s transcripts for all graduate study. Unofficial copies are acceptable.

In addition, the thesis supervisor shall provide a confidential letter sent separately as an attachment from
her/his email account with the student’s name in the subject line to Professor Laurie A. Schintler. In the
letter the supervisor should assess the quality and significance of the proposed dissertation research,
specify the current state of progress toward the candidate’s degree and provide a commitment by the
thesis supervisor to obtain a tuition waiver for the candidate for the year of the Fellowship. A condition of
the Fellowship is the granting of a tuition waiver for the year of the Fellowship by the university, or
equivalent payment of the student’s tuition.

Applications should be emailed to Professor Laurie A. Schintler at lschintl@gmu.edu. Questions may also
be sent to her at lschintl@gmu.edu. For information about NARSC, go to www.narsc.org/newsite/. For
information about RSAI, go to www.rsai.org.
May 13, 2015

Job Posting: Post-doctoral Researcher in Regional Science and Urban Spatial Analysis

Post-doctoral Researcher in Regional Science and Urban Spatial Analysis, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences

We seek a post-doctoral fellow with talents in one or more of the following areas: space-time modeling, transportation and mobility systems, regional modeling and global freight flows, urban systems modeling, socio-spatial complex systems and policy, global city networks, and/or social big data. This position is intended to strengthen the research program conducted in the Urban Regional Systems Analysis Laboratory (URSAL) under the direction of Dr. Thill, in close partnership with other existing research clusters at UNC Charlotte across Social Sciences and Data Sciences.

Qualified candidates will hold a doctoral degree and possess an interdisciplinary background in the understanding of economic and social dimensions of urbanization and regional policy modeling, such as work in urban and regional planning and policy, sustainable development, regional science, urban-regional analysis, geographic information science, and/or global and metropolitan health systems. Strong analytical and spatial modeling skills are expected.

Evidence of strong publication potential and ability to assist with generating external funding is essential.

Salary and Benefits: $42,000-45,000 per year plus benefits, depending on qualifications.

The position will be located at UNC Charlotte in Project Mosaic, a University initiative in Social Science Research (www.ProjectMosaic.uncc.edu) with an appointment of one year renewable pending performance. It will involve teaching two courses per year, including a graduate course in Social Network Analysis, and the management of research projects within the scope of URSAL. The post-doctoral associate will be advised by Dr. Jean-Claude Thill.

Start date: Review of applications will begin on May 10, 2015 and will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified. Start date is August 14, 2015.

Applicants should submit the following via email to Jean-Claude Thill at jfthill@uncc.edu: cover letter summarizing background and research interests, curriculum vitae, and the names of 3 references (no letters needed at this point). Please include “Project Mosaic Post Doc Application” in the subject line of your email. The University of North Carolina-Charlotte is an AA/EOE.

Job Opportunity: Local Government Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Local Government Center (LGC)

The Local Government Specialist provides leadership, direction, and coordination of University of Wisconsin-Extension outreach education and applied research focused on finance and budgeting at all levels of local government, as well as understanding the implications of continuing fiscal strain on local governments.  This outreach and research includes planning and delivery of research-based educational programs, directly and through county, tribal and regional Cooperative Extension faculty and staff, using a variety of traditional and innovative means.  This position will also endeavor to meet local needs and interests by effectively collaborating with local government organizations, associations, and other interest groups.

For details on how to apply visit: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/hr

We are an AA/EEO employer.

This is a tenure-track faculty position looking for a public finance specialist, PhD, to conduct applied research and develop outreach educational materials relevant to Wisconsin municipalities and county governments.

Job Opportunity: Chief Economist, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)

Maintaining and growing a strong economy is one of the primary goals identified for the San Diego region’s future as outlined in San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. SANDAG influences local land use and economic policies through regional transportation investments in transit, highways, bike infrastructure, freight corridors, transportation demand management, transportation system management, and supporting programs, and through financial incentives. Identifying emerging economic and long-term trends are a focus of the economic function of the agency and help to strengthen the capacity and support coherence of strategic policy development related to regional plans, programs, and projects. As a regional agency, SANDAG is uniquely positioned to bring together decision-makers from all areas of the region to discuss issues of mutual concern and coordination.

The Chief Economist provides leadership, analysis, and management expertise to develop, coordinate, and implement innovative region-wide fiscal and economic strategies designed to proactively leverage new opportunities and drive the agency toward reaching its strategic goals. The success of this position rests in enabling global competitiveness, productivity, and efficiency and promoting consistency between transportation improvements and the planned growth and economic development patterns of the region. This position is part of the upper management team at SANDAG consisting of the Executive Director, Chief Deputy Executive Director, General Counsel, and seven Department Directors: Administration, Finance, Land Use and Transportation Planning, Mobility Management and Project Implementation, Operations, Technical Services, and TransNet, in addition to the Director of Communications, Principal Legislative Analyst, and Transportation Demand Management Program Manager.

Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree with major course work in regional economics, applied economics, econometrics, public finance, or a related field, and eight years of professional experience in applied economics, financial analysis, and economic research or a related field. A graduate degree is highly desirable.

SANDAG rewards the efforts of its employees with a comprehensive compensation package. Competitive salaries are supplemented with a flexible offering of health, financial security, and time-off benefits to meet the work and life needs of employees and their families. This position is eligible for several enhanced benefits which include a Management Benefit valued at 2.5% of salary that can be applied towards time off, health premiums, or deferred compensation, access to an Executive Health Program, and paid parking.

How to Apply

A complete job announcement can be seen at www.sandag.org/index.asp?jobid=385&fuseaction=jobs.detail. We encourage all interested candidates to apply for this position by completing a SANDAG employment application form and answering the required supplemental question found in the job posting.

The employment application can be downloaded in PDF format from the SANDAG website at www.sandag.org/jobs. Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or emailing hr@sandag.org.

This position is Open until Filled. The first review of applications for the Chief Economist position will begin on February 6, 2015.

SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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