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Randall Jackson

Professor Randall Jackson

Randall Jackson received his Ph.D. in 1983 from the University of Illinois, where he focused on topics including regional economic geography, planning, regional economics, econometrics, and theory and methods of regional science. Building on a wide range of multidisciplinary research projects collaborating with planners, landscape architects, engineers, physicists, and geographers,his first professional appointment was split between the Department of Geography and the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University, where research on regional economic development policy and regional impacts assessments fortified my appreciation for interdisciplinary research.  From NIU, he moved to the Geography Department at The Ohio State University.  While at OSU, he co-authored the first comprehensive campus-wide computing plan laying the foundation for the transition from mainframe to distributed computing environments.

Jackson has been Director of the West Virginia University Regional Research Institute (RRI) and Professor in WVU’s Geology and Geography department.  He has been most active professionally in the Regional Science Association, in which he has served in numerous capacities including 2007 Chair of the North American Regional Science Association and 2011 President of the Southern Regional Science Association, where he is also a named SRSA Fellow. 

His research centers on the linkages among infrastructure, technology, economy, and environment, and ways to comprehensively model them. Indeed, a current two-year NSF comparing these linkages in the fossil fuels sector in WV and Shanxi Province, China, and woody biomass technologies form the centerpiece of a three-year USDA funded project newly underway.  He also has participated directly in transportation-oriented modeling research aimed at developing an integrated transportation and land use model for the Ohio Department of Transportation, where his expertise on input-output modeling and commodity flows played a key role.

He has published dozens of refereed journal articles and book chapters, received more than three-dozen competitive grants and research awards, has had appointments to ten editorial boards with five still active, and in addition to his primary positions holds appointments as Adjunct Professor of Geography at The Ohio State University, Economics and of Resource Economics at WVU, and previously of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh.  In 2013 he was named Claude W Benedum Distinguished Scholar, WVU’s highest recognition of academic scholarship.  His research publications and reports have addressed a wide range of topics, including regional economic impacts of manufacturing plant, power generation capacity changes, interregional commodity flow estimation, regional economic development strategies, and methods of regional analysis.

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