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Ryan James

Research Emphases

Regional Development, Location Analysis, Spatial Models, Urban and Regional Planning, GIS

Specific Research Endeavors

I am a broadly trained economic geographer, holding graduate degrees in Geography and City and Regional Planning. The insights and approaches from both disciplines shape my research, teaching and service. As a geographer, I am interested in understanding how regions grow and interact in the spatial economy. As a planner, I engage the community, bring those insights to locally focused research and help inform local development policy. My current scholarly research utilizes spatially explicit models and GIS to capture multiple theories of development, while accounting for local context and policy action. Similarly, my engaged work utilizes GIS and analytic methods to helping inform the planning process in the DeKalb area.

Frequently Taught Courses

GEOG 204: Geography of Economic Activities 
GEOG 563: Geographic Research Procedures

Representative Publications

James, Ryan. 2010. Where is the South? Using Beta Convergence to Define a Fuzzy Region. Southeastern Geographer. 50 (30): 346-365.


Office: Davis Hall 203


Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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