June 2018 Issue of the NARSC Newsletter

We proudly present the June 2018 issue of the NARSCNews.

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

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Tenured Professor Position in Regional Science

Cornell University

Department of City and Regional Planning

Tenured Professor Position in Regional Science

The Department of City and Regional Planning at Cornell University invites applications for a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor to begin in July 2019.  Applicants at the rank of Assistant Professor with advanced standing will also be considered. 

Walter Isard defined regional science as a discipline concerned with “the careful and patient study of social problems with regional or spatial dimensions, employing diverse combinations of analytical and empirical research.”  Applicants for this position should hold a Ph.D. in regional science or an allied field—e.g., planning, urban and regional economics, agricultural or environmental economics, economic geography, civil engineering, demography, developmental sociology, transportation science, or spatial analytics. We seek applicants with strong publication records in regional science journals and experience teaching core courses in regional science—e.g., industrial location theory, economic impact analysis, CGE modeling, agent-based modeling, or spatial statistical analysis—as well as a course in methods of planning analysis.  Applicants should have a record of regular attendance at meetings of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI). It is expected that the successful applicant will become a member of the Graduate Field of Regional Science. The faculty of the Graduate Field includes 25 members from eight academic departments in five colleges of the University.   A successful candidate will provide leadership in, and help shape the future of, the Graduate Field of Regional Science at Cornell, and advise both graduate and undergraduate students. 

Cornell’s Department of City and Regional Planning (CRP) is a top-ranked planning department with a progressive mission. Our goal in teaching, research, and public engagement is to promote vibrant communities, urban sustainability, and social equity, especially giving attention to race, class, gender and sexual orientation.  The department has 130 undergraduate majors (BS-Urban and Regional Studies), 110 master’s degree students in programs in City and Regional Planning (accredited MRP), Historic Preservation Planning (MA), and Regional Science (MA and MS), and 35 Ph.D. students in City and Regional Planning and Regional Science. The Department, with a full-time faculty of 15, draws students from across the U.S. and the world and is one of the premier programs for U.S. and international planning. The Department is in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, which is committed to advancing scholarship in the art and science of place-making and urban design by providing a supportive, resource-rich context for collaborative studies both within the unit and across the university. Demonstrating this commitment, CRP supports dual degrees with Cornell programs in Landscape Architecture and Real Estate.

The Department of City and Regional Planning, and the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell embrace diversity and seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts students of all races, nationalities and genders. Cornell is a recognized employer and educator for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply. Cornell University also seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches. Visit http://www.unyherc.org/home/index.cfm?site id=671 to see positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area.

Please submit your curriculum vitae, letter of intent, research and teaching statements, writing sample, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names of at least three references electronically to Academic Jobs Online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11824. The application materials should provide evidence of high-quality research and creative practice through publishing, grantsmanship, excellence in teaching and advising, as well as professional or consultative experience in urban or regional environments in the U.S. and internationally. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning November 15, 2018 until we identify a pool of qualified candidates for the position.  Further information about Cornell, the department, and CRP students, alumni, and faculty may be found at http://www.crp.cornell.edu/

Assistant Professor Position Urban Economics Wageningen

The new and ambitious Urban Economics group at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, has opened a position for an assistant professor (tenure track). We are looking for an urban/regional economist, or an economic geographer with an interest in the urban area and with possible spillovers to other areas of emphasis in the group, including behavioral economics and health economics. The Urban Economics group aims to explore the potential of people in cities to improve wellbeing (micro focus), as well as the interactions of cities with rural areas (macro focus) to build a more sustainable future. Our group is positioned in a unique way to translate insights from the food, agri, energy and environmental domains to the urban context.

The link: https://www.wur.nl/en/vacancy/Assistant-Professor-Urban-Economics-Tenure-Track.htm




Title: Assistant Professor – Planning

Appointment: Academic Year (9-month) – Tenure Track

Available: September 1, 2019

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth’s flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Description:

We seek scholars who are using new sources of information and innovative analytical methods to answer questions in the areas of land use and/or economic development planning. Candidates with a specialization in data analytics, land use modeling, geographic information systems (GIS), transportation and economic development are especially encouraged to apply. Teaching responsibilities will consist of both graduate and undergraduate classes, with potential courses including: quantitative methods in planning, spatial modeling/GIS, economic development, planning studio, regional or international planning, and a research seminar. Candidates are expected to develop an independent research program with external funding and have the opportunity to build departmental and inter-departmental interdisciplinary collaboration with departmental centers and other campus-wide initiatives, such as the School of Public Policy and Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR).

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

Additional Information:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

The Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning is one of the few programs where planning and design are in the same academic department, and enjoys a national and international reputation with a focus on sustainability. We are a collegial department with a new, award winning building and investment by the university. The Department has accredited programs in Regional Planning (MRP) and Landscape Architecture (MLA, BSLA). We also offer a Ph.D. in Regional Planning, a B.S. in Sustainable Community Development and an Associate’s degree in Landscape Contracting. The Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning is located in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

For further information on the Department, please visit our web site: www.umass.edu/larp

Application Instructions:

Applicants should apply online at http://careers.umass.edu/amherst/en-us/job/494688/assistant-professor-in-planning. Please include a letter of interest including your research and teaching interests and experience, a comprehensive curriculum vitae, selected samples of publications, and the contact information for three references (including name, title, address, telephone number and email).

Application review will begin October 15, 2018. Search will continue until the position is filled.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

A doctoral degree in planning or a Masters in planning with a Ph.D. in a closely-related field is required. Professional experience in urban and regional planning and/or AICP certification is desirable. Preferred qualifications include: a demonstrated capacity for teaching; professional experience in planning and/or AICP certification; a demonstrated capacity for scholarly research; and a demonstrated ability to attain external funding to support research.

Position Opening Data Analytics Analyst II JP Morgan Chase

JP Morgan Chase have an opening for a Data Analytics Analyst II. More details can be found here – https://jpmchase.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=180054792.

Postdoctoral Opportunities at the Economic Research Service

USDA’s Economic Research Service, located in Washington, D.C., is a primary source of economic information and research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. With 300 employees, ERS conducts a research program to inform and enhance public and private decision making on economic and policy issues involving food, farming, natural resources, and rural development.

Postdoctoral researchers at ERS conduct both independent and collaborative research on issues that matter, and enjoy a challenging environment in which to continue their professional careers. Selected candidates will work independently and in partnerships with coworkers from diverse backgrounds and will interact with other professionals through team projects, seminars, and collaboration with peers in other agencies and academia. ERS anticipates several openings for Postdoctoral positions to build a program of research and data development in the following areas:

  • Agricultural trade and policy expertise focused on Asian countries, especially those in the critically important South and Southeast Asia regions.  The position will explore opportunities for expanding trade with these regions based on in-depth assessments of their domestic supply and demand, trade and domestic policies, and food security needs. 
  • Emerging agricultural trade issues in the context of high-income countries such as the EU, Japan and Korea.  The implications of new trade agreements among these countries and regions for U.S. agriculture will be a critical focus of the position.
  • Development and management of food expenditures data and research. The Food Expenditures Series (FES) is one of ERS’s premiere data products, with an expanding policy presence for food industry groups, academic researchers, and with close linkages to other Federal statistical agencies. The position involves updating and managing the FES as well as conducting research on food markets, prices, and industrial organization issues relating to food industries. The researcher will also participate in a new project to develop state-level estimates of food at home and food away from home.
  • Economic impacts of rural broadband investment.  The researcher will develop a program of research on the benefits of broadband investment in rural areas, including analysis of how broadband access related to USDA programs affects economic indicators such as rural small-business startups, growth, and survival, and commercial, agricultural and residential property values. The researcher will play a key role collaborating with extramural partners to create and exploit “Big Data” systems for this project.
  • Development and implementation of a new Survey of Irrigation Organizations being developed by ERS. The survey will provide the first updated dataset of local water management entities since the 1978 Census of Irrigation Organizations.  The researcher would be involved in all aspects of the survey approach, questionnaire design, and stakeholder outreach; and in related research examining the role of institutions in drought resilience and farm management decisions.

Working at ERS

ERS offers a stimulating intellectual environment with ample potential for personal and professional growth. Our staff includes over 200 economists and other social scientists working on timely, policy-relevant research and employing advanced econometric and modeling approaches applied to extensive data and GIS resources. Results are disseminated in high-quality peer-reviewed reports and other publications and on our much-visited website. ERS analysts are also expected to publish in peer-reviewed academic journals and in papers presented to academic colleagues at conferences and meetings, further enhancing their professional credentials.

Salary and Benefits

The annual salary for these positions (including locality pay) is $92,421.  A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. Benefits include eligibility for health insurance and life insurance. Appointees also earn annual and sick leave and receive 10 paid holidays per year.


Employment in the Postdoctoral program is a two-year appointment.  A third-year extension is possible depending on the Agency’s research needs and funding.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must complete a Ph.D. degree prior to employment. Preference is given to candidates whose degree has been received not more than 4 years prior to employment. Candidates must also be U.S. citizens or permanent residents actively seeking citizenship. Additional information on the employment of noncitizens can be found at: http://www.afm.ars.usda.gov/hrd/EmployForeignNationals/index.htm  

How to Apply

Please send the following information to the address below and indicate the position(s) for which you are applying. 

  • Curriculum vitae that includes education and work experience; list of publications, presentations, and honor/awards; exact date or expected date (month/year) of completion of all Ph.D. degree requirements; and a list of three references. Graduates of foreign universities must include proof that their Ph.D. degree is equivalent to one granted by an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Writing sample, preferably from your dissertation.
  • Copy of your graduate and undergraduate transcripts. (An unofficial transcript is sufficient for the initial application, although you are required to submit official transcripts prior to employment.)
  • Cover letter describing your interests and reasons for applying to specific positions.  The letter should include how you meet the special requirements of the position(s), including information concerning pertinent courses, publications, and accomplishments.
  • Statement of Veterans’ preference and Highest Federal civilian grade held (if applicable).

Applications will be reviewed beginning August 15, 2018, and a selection could be made any time after that date. Send your application and supporting materials (electronic submission is strongly encouraged) to:

Cathi T. Ferguson USDA – ERS/HR
1400 Independence Ave., SW, Mail Stop 1800
Washington, DC 20250-1800
Phone: 202-694-5405 Fax: 202-245-5605

NARSC 2018 Awards Nominations

The Honors Committee of the North American Regional Science Council is soliciting nominations for the following awards to be given at this year’s annual meeting: 

  1. Isard Award for Scholarly Achievement in Regional Science

The Walter Isard Award for Scholarly Achievement is named in honor of Professor Walter Isard, father of Regional Science, founder of the Regional Science Association, and a leading scholar in the worldwide Regional Science community. Established in 1994, the award pays tribute to North American regional scientists who have made significant theoretical and methodological contributions to the field of Regional Science throughout their careers.

  1. Boyce Award for Distinguished Service to Regional Science

This award honors Professor David Boyce, a prominent figure in Regional Science who promoted the Regional Science Association for a number of years and was instrumental in its long term success. The award acknowledges the service contributions that North American members have made to Regional Science organizations.

  1. Hewings Award for Outstanding Achievement by a “Junior” Faculty

This award is named in honor of Professor Geoffrey J.D. Hewings who over the years introduced numerous graduate students to Regional Science and mentored them as young scholars. The award recognizes distinguished contributions to Regional Science research by North American scholars who have recently completed doctoral studies (within ten years of receiving a Ph.D.).

Each NARSC member can nominate up to one person for each award. Each nomination has to include a letter of motivation (max 2 pages) and the nominee’s CV. The letter of motivation should clearly state the contribution and relevance of the nominee’s work for the field of regional science.

Please send your nomination by September 20th to Alessandra Faggian (alessandra.faggian@gssi.it)

The list of past awards is posted on the NARSC web site at http://www.narsc.org/newsite/?page_id=30.


Economic Development Quarterly (EDQ) is seeking research manuscripts for a special issue on state and local financial incentives affecting business location decisions.  This topic has received considerable attention recently among the popular press, and the Upjohn Institute has recently developed a unique comprehensive database of state financial incentives for most of the United States.  EDQ would like to encourage researchers to further our understanding of the motivation and consequences of the use by states and local areas of these incentives by soliciting abstracts for a special issue of the journal.  EDQ is the premiere applied academic journal publishing research on domestic U.S. development issues. Its mission is to promote research supporting the formulation of evidence-based economic development and workforce development policy, programs, and practice in the United States.  For more information see attached.

Transportation Policy and System Management Competition

Do you have a new, creative, or innovative policy idea for addressing a significant transportation challenge? George Mason University is hosting the Cameron Rian Hays Outside the Box Competition.  For more information see attachment.

Special Issue on Housing Unaffordability – Call for Papers

Housing has become increasingly expensive in many urban centres around the world, creating a global economic problem with no easy policy solutions. Housing unaffordability has a pervasive influence on many aspects of economic life. It impacts intergenerational equity, affects retirement decisions, labour mobility and immigration, and raises major policy challenges at both local and national government levels.

This Special Issue will be devoted to addressing these questions using evidence based economic analysis. We welcome research on all aspects of this global economic problem, including its causes, consequences, and policy responses, as well as methodological approaches to its study and empirical analysis.

For more detail and relevant deadlines, see http://explore.tandfonline.com/cfp/bes/rnzp-si-housing-unaffordability


Call for Book Chapters


Editors: Alexandra Tsvetkova, Jana Schmutzler, Rhiannon Pugh

Preliminary approval received from Edward Elgar Publishers for an edited book

In a new edited book we seek to explore the similarities and differences between the Innovation Systems (IS) and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (EE) approaches in their treatment of common research topics. Our broader goals are (1) to advance the discourse by bridging the two research traditions through the lessons one perspective can learn from the other and (2) to expand the frontiers of current knowledge by encouraging research into previously unexplored areas.

To this end, we invite extended abstract submissions for empirical, theoretical and review chapters that try to bridge the literatures on innovation systems (IS) or entrepreneurial ecosystems (EE) within the blocks of topics listed below.

Block I – Bridging the IS and EE perspectives: papers that bridge the IS and EE perspectives:

  • theoretical contributions, which – by combining the two approaches – advance our current knowledge;
  • critical reviews of the literature that explore similarities, differences, limitations and areas of overlap;
  • any other types of contributions that fall within this area, e.g. explorations of various topics made explicitly from the two

Block II – Sustainable development and inclusive growth: empirical research which explores – from the IS or EE perspectives:

  • the ways entrepreneurship and innovation contribute and shape sustainable development and inclusive growth;
  • social innovation and social entrepreneurship;
  • responsible innovation and responsible entrepreneurship;
  • possible limitations of the EE or IS perspectives to adequately explain any topics listed above.

Block III – The informal economy: empirical contributions that adopt systems approach to the study of:

  • the informal sector in general;
  • frugal innovation;
  • informal entrepreneurship and informal innovation.

Submission, review and publication

Please submit extended chapter abstracts (800-1,000 words) together with a full list of contributors and a tentative title to Alexandra Tsvetkova (tsvetkova.1@osu.edu) no later than Sunday, August 19th, 2018.  The title, the list of authors, their affiliations and references (if any) are excluded from the word count.

The editors will screen all submissions for clarity, relevance and expected contribution to the book theme. Acceptance notifications will be sent out on September 3, 2018; chapter submission deadline is January 13th, 2019. We have discussed the book plan with an Edward Elgar editor and received a preliminary approval. We expect to sign a book contract in October 2018 with expected publication in Fall 2019 –Winter 2010.

A detailed call for chapter submissions can be found here:



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