Professor Roberts Attends Panel Discussion on Disasters

| February 24th, 2015 | Comments Off

Associate Professor of The Center for Public Affairs and Policy, Patrick S.  Roberts, attended the American Historical Association’s annual meeting event in New York. Professor Roberts offered his perspective on how contemporary disaster researchers working across the humanities and social sciences are going beyond traditional chronologies of disaster in a panel at the the American Historical Association annual meeting in New York City on January 2nd. The panel, “Disasters Fast and Slow: Disaster Research Across the Disciplines,” brought together historians and social scientists to discuss how recent research has re-framed disaster. Disaster is no longer an event that takes place only at one time and in one location. Rather, disasters are composed of long-term patterns of vulnerability, technological dysfunction, and natural hazard. Roberts discussed how the recent global Ebola crisis should be understood as an ongoing crisis of public trust in governing institutions, both in the United States and in Africa.

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Ralph Buehler on car dependency between city and suburbs

| February 24th, 2015 | Comments Off

Dr. Ralph Buehler, Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech, was cited in an article titled “Here’s Why High-Rise Subprime Auto Loans Are Growing, But Auto Loans Defaults Aren’t,” published in the January 28, 2015 International Business Times, a digital global news publication.  This article reviews how Americans are struggling with budget priorities and finding ways to prioritize paying their credits cards, mortgages and car payments.

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Professor Ralph Buehler Garners Media Attention

| February 23rd, 2015 | Comments Off

    Associate Professor, Ralph Buehler, in the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech research was highlighted in an article entitled, “All the Ways Germany Is Less Car-Reliant Than the U.S., in 1 Chart”, which appeared in the Citylab, an online digital publication.  His research examined the driving trends of two large metropolitan areas, Washington DC and Stuttgart Germany, that have successfully reduced car-dependency behaviors among its residents.

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Metropolitan Visiting Fellow – Keynote Speaker in Guangzhou, China

| February 23rd, 2015 | Comments Off

Visiting Fellow of the Metropolitan Institute, Hank Savitch, a distinguished research professor of University of Louisville, was the keynote speaker in Guangzhou, China at The Second International Conference on Regional and Urban Development in the 21st Century held recently. He addressed a special session held by Guangzhou’s mayor and Central Management Committee on issues related to managing environmental policy based on his recently co-edited volume on “Chinese Cities in Global Context” by CITIES (December 2014). Savitch also co-authored a forthcoming chapter on recovery of Marseille to appear in an edited book titled, Transforming Distressed Global Communities published by Ashgate Publisher in 2015. Savitch has completed work on globalization and urban development as well as the comparative analysis of cities in Europe and North America. His publications help to answer questions of how cities develop strategies to shape their built environment. To learn more about Savitch’s work, visit his webpage.

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Dealing with Deindustrialization – a new book from Prof Maggie Cowell

| February 18th, 2015 | Comments Off

In her new book, “Dealing with Deindustrialization: Adaptive Resilience in American Midwestern Regions” (2014), Margaret Cowell, assistant professor in the Urban Affairs and Planning program, which is part of the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), shows how leaders in eight metropolitan areas dealt with the emerging trend of deindustrialization. This book highlighted the unique attributes of each region that influenced both the responses and the outcomes of these leaders. Showing how these leaders strived for adaptive resilience by using economic development policy will provided readers with an understanding of how and why these regions varied in their abilities to respond to deindustrialization.   Identifying categories such as “Basic Betters,” Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee, and “Bowing Out,” Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh, she found that a region’s relationship to the idea of manufacturing played a significant role in whether or not these cities exhibited adaptive resilience.

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Spring 2015 SPIA Roundtables on Leadership and Administration

| January 13th, 2015 | No Comments »

The Center for Public Administration and Policy is co-sponsoring a series of roundtables on Leadership and Administration with the Metropolitan Institute this spring semester! For the first time, our MI + SPIA lecture series will be held in the Old Town Alexandria location.  We have a fine new high tech Presentation Room on the 3rd floor of 1021 Prince Street and we hope to stream these roundtables to our other campus locations! The first round table will be on February 5th, by Sally Kenney from Tulane University, entitled “Women and Leadership.”  RSVP here [Click to embiggen]

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PhD Candidate Cynthia Lintz: Knowledge Production in the Balkan Fields

| December 17th, 2014 | Comments Off

 PhD Student in SPIA’s Urban Affairs and Planning program, Cynthia Lintz’s travel and participation was supported in part by the Metropolitan Institute’s student research support.  The following is excerpted from Cynthia Lintz’s conference follow-up report. In November, I attended the Association of Slavic East European and Eurasian Studies conference held in San Antonio, TX. This conference provided an excellent opportunity to present my research work (the recently defended dissertation) and receive feedback from well-respected scholars in my field. My research is on the construction of identity in two cities, along the E.U. border in Eastern Europe. During the four day conference, I presented my paper, acted as a discussant on one panel, attended eight other conference sessions that specifically focused on urban planning in post-socialist cities/countries or on identity building in Europe, attended a networking event for Balkan scholars, and visited the exhibition hall to seek potential publishers for my dissertation.

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SPIA Sponsors Society of Socio-Economists Meeting

| December 15th, 2014 | No Comments »

SOS Meeting in Washington D.C. (Jan 6, 2015) On Tuesday, January 6, the Society of Socio-Economists (SOS) will be holding its annual meeting in Washington, D.C. This years meeting  on “Socio-Economics: Broadening the Economic Debate” is being co-sponsored by SPIA and promises to be a valuable and thought provoking event with notable speakers. SPIA’s own Ralph Hall, Susan Sterett, and Katie Wells will be participating!The intent of the meeting is to provide people with an opportunity to explore how their research may connect with the ‘socio-economic’ approach to economic analysis, and to build bridges between disciplines and perhaps chart new research collaborations/projects.

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Prof Eckerd in ARNOVA, Denver, CO

| December 9th, 2014 | Comments Off

With the support of the Metropolitan Institute, Adam Eckerd attended the 2014 Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) conference in Denver from November 19-23, 2014. He both presented research and lead discussions on panels presenting other research. Dr. Eckerd’s research, done in collaboration with Jacob Fowles of the University of Kansas, was titled “Isomorphism and Differentiation in Nonprofit Financial Reporting.” Drawing on research from the private sector, they applied models of market competition to nonprofit organizational environments to assess the extent to which competition or concentration within a resource market affected the ways that nonprofits reported financial data. They created an index of market competition, defined by the metropolitan area in which organizations are located, and the scale and type of clients that the organizations focused on serving, and looked for trends in reporting financial outcomes in the IRS Form 990. Although the research is preliminary at this point, it

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Research Assistant Wanted for MI

| December 5th, 2014 | Comments Off

The Metropolitan Institute is seeking a research assistant! This part-time position will support the Metropolitan Institute and faculty in SPIA. The research assistant will work closely and report to the Metropolitan Institute but will occasionally be assigned tasks from SPIA Faculty. The position involves conducting research as assigned, some administrative/organizational tasks, as well as a range of web-based activities. Click here to read the GRA Description 2014. Interested applicants should email a cover letter and their CV/resume to MCHINDS@VT.EDU  

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