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
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
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 Questions may also
be sent to her at For information about NARSC, go to For
information about RSAI, go to
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 ( 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 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.

June 2016 Issue of the NARSC Newsletter

We proudly present the June 2016 issue of the NARSCNews. This June 2016 edition of the newsletter celebrates 50 years of the Regional Research Institute.  In addition there is an announcement for AERUS 2016  and profiles for recent publications in the regional science community.

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

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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:

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 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 Alternatively, a copy can be requested by calling (619) 699-1900 or emailing

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

Call for Papers: 2015 MCRSA Conference, St. Louis, Missouri, May 27th-29th

The Mid-Continent Regional Science Association will host its 46th annual conference May 27- 29, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. This is to announce the call for regular papers and sessions and to encourage students to participate in the M. Jarvin Emerson Student Paper Competition.

Information can be found at the MCRSA Website:

The MCRSA meeting will offer a stimulating mix of academics and practitioners focusing on applied problems. And, the conference remains a great buy among professional and academic association meetings. Early registrants will enjoy a reduced meeting registration fee of $275. In addition, a special reduced fee for students will once again be in effect. The full student registration fee is $110.

You can either download a conference registration form from the MCRSA Website, or register and pay online at the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) website Click on the User Area link and sign in or register. Once into the User Area, click on the Register link and select MCRSA 2015 to make your purchases.

The meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch hotel in St. Louis. We’re getting a great rate ($149/night). Participants should contact the hotel directly at 1-314-655-1234 and indicate participation in the MCRSA conference, or use the reservations link on the MCRSA Website.

All persons wishing to submit an abstract or session proposal for the MCRSA conference are encouraged to do so electronically via e-mail to John Leatherman at by April 1, 2015.

The meeting also offers students the opportunity to participate in MCRSA’s M. Jarvin Emerson Memorial Student Paper Competition. Strongly encourage your students to enter the paper competition.  It’s a great learning experience and the odds of recognition are favorable for good work.  A cash award of $1,000 is offered and the winning entry is published in the Association’s journal, The Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy. Additional details can be found at the MCRSA Web site.

The MCRSA consists of an interdisciplinary membership from academics and other public and private organizations. The MCRSA is interested in using the tools of regional science to help solve applied problems in rural and urban areas at the local, state and national levels.

Feel free to contact me if you have questions about participating in the MCRSA’s 46th Annual Conference. Please share this information with others who may have interest.

John Leatherman, 785-532-4492,

John Leatherman
Office of Local Government
Department of Agricultural Economics
331G Waters Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

Call for Applications: Graduate Assistantships in Quantitative Social Sciences, Project Mosaic, UNC Charlotte

Project Mosaic, a Social Science research initiative at UNC Charlotte, is seeking enthusiastic and competent graduate assistants at the doctoral level to work on fostering the mission of Project Mosaic. The successful persons will be data-savvy, have a deep interest in quantitative research methods and statistical modeling with ability to teach specialized workshops on advanced topics. Project Mosaic is a multidisciplinary enterprise headed by Dr. Jean-Claude Thill.

A strong foundation in survey design, sampling theory and expertise in at least one class of statistical models is necessary. In the past, project mosaic has offered workshops to the campus community ranging from econometric analyses (IV methods, panel data models) to advanced statistical modeling (multilevel models, structural equation modeling, spatial statistics, etc.) and data mining methods.

We welcome candidates with specific expertise and interest in spatial statistics and econometrics, as well as spatial social science big data. They may seek admission in one of the following doctoral programs: Public Policy, Infrastructure and Environmental Systems, Geography and Urban Regional Analysis, Organizational Science.

The ideal persons would be keen to learn new methods and train other social scientists and students. Apart from conducting workshops, the graduate assistants will also advise other researchers on methodological issues in their projects and may also be directly involved in specific research projects.

Please submit inquiry material (letter of interest, vita, transcript, and test scores) to Jean-Claude Thill, Project Mosaic Director, at your earliest convenience.

Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor of Geography, Dept. of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences seeks a tenure-track, assistant professor in economic geography/regional science for an August 2015 appointment. This position is in support of a multi departmental cluster hiring initiative by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the areas of Human and Social Capital, Innovation, & Quality of Life.  At the time of appointment, the successful candidate will hold a doctoral degree in geography, regional science, urban planning, applied economics or related field. Qualified candidates will have primary expertise in applied and empirical industrial/ commercial/retail location analysis, geographies of consumption, or an area related to the economic geography of intra-regional locational analysis. Desirable experience includes one or more of the following: (a) expertise in housing policy, (b) the geography and policy of entrepreneurship and innovation, and (c) social network analysis. Also desired is experience in teaching in a diverse classroom setting. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a robust and sustainable externally funded research program and contribute doctoral level courses in applied economic geography in the Ph.D. in Geography and Urban Regional Analysis, M.A. in Geography and the interdisciplinary Public Policy Ph.D. programs, as well as appropriate undergraduate courses as needed.  The successful applicant  is expected to be actively engaged in the academic community of the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences and the Public Policy Ph.D. program via participation and leadership through advising and mentoring students, service at the program, College, University, community and professional levels, and programmatic governance.

UNC Charlotte is an AA/EOE and ADVANCE institution. Applications from women, minorities and other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.  Applicants should submit a letter of application, responding to the required and desired qualifications listed above, a current vita, at least one writing sample, and graduate level transcripts to where they will find a full position description. Three letters of recommendation should be sent via email to Harrison Campbell, Search Committee Chair at Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  For more information, contact Harrison Campbell at 704-687-5997, or, or view our department website at

Peter Hall (1932-2014)

The North American Regional Science Council was saddened to hear of the death of Professor Peter Hall. Professor Hall developed the concept of enterprise zones while working with the Thatcher administration in the late 1970s, working closely with the prime minister’s officials to develop such zones in cities throughout England.

Source: Graham Turner, Guardian News & Media, Aug 6, 2014

The New York Times obituary can be accessed here.

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