Communities need to build greater resiliency to natural and economic disasters; diversify their economies; restore and sustain robust infrastructure; increase the efficiency of community support systems; and identify and implement cost-effective policies.

Faculty Working in this Area

  • Professor of Agricultural, Environmental and Regional Economics
  • Co-Director, Center for Economic and Community Development
  • Adjunct Research Fellow, Australian Center for Agriculture and Law, University of New England, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment Graduate Faculty

Areas of Expertise

  • Agricultural Economics and Policy
  • Development Economics
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Community and Regional Economics
  • Community and Rural Development
  • Comparative Rural Policy
  • Institutional and Behavioral Economics
  • Resource and Environmental Economics
  • Public Scholarship and Civic Engagement in Higher Education
  • Professor and UNESCO Chair in Community, Leadership, and Youth Development
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Agricultural and Extension Education and Applied Youth, Family, and Community Education

Areas of Expertise

  • Community
  • Community and Leadership Development
  • International Development
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Social Change/Social Movements
  • Rural Sociology
  • Environmental/Natural Resource Sociology
  • Assistant Research Professor
  • Program Manager for the Gender Equity through Agriculture Research and Education Initiative

Areas of Expertise

  • International Development
  • Gender and Development
  • Conditional Cash Transfer Programs
  • Professor of Rural Sociology, Demography, and Public Health Sciences
  • Director, the Computational and Spatial Analysis Core

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental demography
  • Spatial demography
  • Socio-environmental systems
  • Population-infrastructure dynamics
  • Computational and spatial analysis
  • Associate Professor of Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Areas of Expertise

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Experiential Learning
  • Associate Professor
  • Agricultural Teacher Educator

Areas of Expertise

  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Teaching and Learning in Agriculture
  • Developing Global Competency in Agriculture
  • School-based agricultural education
  • Professor of Agricultural and Regional Economics
  • Director of The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development

Areas of Expertise

  • Food Systems Economics
  • Economic Growth and Development
  • Regional Economics and Policy
  • Distinguished Professor of Rural Sociology and Demography

Areas of Expertise

  • Social Stratification
  • Demography
  • International Development
  • Rural Sociology
  • Professor, Intergenerational Programs and Aging

Areas of Expertise

  • Developing & evaluating intergenerational initiatives in diverse settings.
  • Training Extension educators and other professionals in intergenerational programming.
  • Establishing intergenerational strategies for civic engagement and environmental design.
  • Associate Head, Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education
  • Professor of Agricultural Economics
  • Community, Environment, and Development Program Coordinator
  • Co-Director, Center for Economic & Community Development
  • Department Head of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education
  • Professor of Rural Sociology and Demography
  • Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology and Demography

Areas of Expertise

  • Population and Environment
  • Global Health
  • International Development
  • Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics

Areas of Expertise

  • Local Food Systems
  • Agritourism
  • Craft beverage industry
  • Value added agriculture
  • Farm management
  • Economics of Animal and Zoonotic Diseases
  • Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology

Areas of Expertise

  • Farm labor
  • Illegality
  • Gender and Migration
  • International Development
  • Voluntary Sustainability Initiatives in Agriculture
  • Gender and Sustainable Agriculture
  • Global Service-Learning
  • Research Associate
  • Community and Economic Development Graduate Program Coordinator (and Instructor)
  • Co-Director of Consumer Services Information System Project
  • Co-Director of State Weatherization program Evaluation Project
  • Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology, Sociology, and Demography

Areas of Expertise

  • Population and environment
  • International development
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Migration
  • Assistant Professor, Youth and Adult Leadership, Penn State Extension

Areas of Expertise

  • Adult and Youth Leadership Development
  • Community Leadership Development
  • Volunteerism
  • Volunteer Leadership Development
  • Needs Assessment Research
  • Evaluation

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University Park, PA 16802-2600

Office for Research and Graduate Education

Address

217 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802-2600