jfelkner
John S. Felkner
Assistant Professor of Urban & Regional Planning
DDes, Harvard University
Bellamy 620
850.645.1352
Professor Felkner's research focuses on the driving processes and economic and social implications of rapid global urbanization, with a particular focus on the socio-economic impacts of transportation investments and the socio-ecological resilience of peri-urban and rural populations in developing countries. Current research includes: funding from the US National Science Foundation to focus on water sustainability and the Food, Energy and Water (FEW) Nexus in the Lower Mekong region of Southeast Asia; rapid urbanization and implications of transport investments in East Africa; and the socio-economic impacts of transportation improvements in Honduras, Republic of Georgia and Africa.

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Research Interest

Transportation and Environmental Planning in the Context of Global Rapid Urbanization and Economic Development
Socio-ecological resilience of peri-urban and rural populations in developing countries
Socio-economic implications of transportation investments in developing countries

Teaching

International Transportation Planning (URP5939)
Urban & Regional Information Systems (URP5272)
Strategies for Urban and Regional Development in Less-Developed Countries (URP5611)

Education and Professional Experience

DDes, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Urban and Regional Planning
MA, University of California, Santa Barbara, Geography
BA, Williams College, English with Honors
Research Associate, Population Research Center, University of Chicago

Selected Papers and Publications

Felkner, J. S., Shaikh, S., Kolata, A., & Binford, M. (2016). Scientific Research Priorities for Water Sustainability Planning and Management in the Lower Mekong Region. Cambodian Journal of Natural History, In Press.

Felkner, J., & R. Townsend. (2011). "The Geographic Concentration of Enterprise in Developing Countries," Quarterly Journal of Economics 126, no. 4.

Felkner, J., Tazhibayeva, K., & R. Townsend. (2009). "Impact of Climate Change on Rice Production in Thailand." American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 99(2), pages 205-10.

Lall, S., Brown, D., Fay, M., Felkner, J., and Wang, H.G. (2008). "The Death of Distance? Economic Implications of Infrastructure Improvements in Russia" Papers of the European Investment Bank, EIB Papers Volume 13. n°2/2008.

Hoffman, A. v. and Felkner, J. S. (2006a). "Cultural and Demographic Factors in Urban Decentralization in the United States-An Historical Overview." In W. Acevedo, J. L. Taylor, D. J. Hester, C. S. Mladinich, & S. Glavac (Eds.), Rates, Trends, Causes, and Consequences of Urban Land-Use Change in the United States: U.S. Geological Survey.

Hoffman, A. v. and Felkner, J. S. (2006b). "Economic Aspects of Urban Decentralization in Historical Perspective." In W. Acevedo, J. L. Taylor, D. J. Hester, C. S. Mladinich, & S. Glavac (Eds.), Rates, Trends, Causes, and Consequences of Urban Land-Use Change in the United States: U.S. Geological Survey.

"Modeling a Soil Moisture Index Using Geographic Information Systems in a Developing Country Context," with Robert France, Harvard University. Handbook for Water Sensitive Planning and Design, CRC Press LLC, 2002.

External Grants

Co-Principal Investigator (with Gordon Holtgrieve, University of Washington): "FEW: River FEWs: The Nexus Between Food, Energy, and Water in a Large International River System". National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant 1541694. Total award $98,367.

Co-Principal Investigator (with Sabina Shaikh, University of Chicago): "Integrative Modeling of the Interactions, Connectivity and Interdependence of Water Systems and Ecosystem Services in the Lower Mekong Basin". National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant 1204609. Total award $150,000.00.

Principal Investigator: "Synchronizing Public and Private Investment in Cities: Evidence from Addis Ababa, Dar Es Salaam, Kigali and Nairobi". The World Bank, World Bank Global Urban & Disaster Risk Management Unit. Total award $49,312.