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Visiting Scholars and Practitioners

As a vibrant intellectual community, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning supports an international perspective in both scholarship and practice. In this regard, we regularly invite outside academics and planning practitioners to join us in residence (Visiting Scholar and Practitioner Policies). Our visitors can often be found conducting comparative research, making course presentations, presenting public lectures to students and faculty, interacting with student organizations, and attending Department gatherings and seminars.

Current Visiting Scholars:


Prof. Wenxiong (William) Wang is currently contributing to the Department as a 2014-15 Visiting Scholar. His research focuses on rural land use and management. He is an Associate Professor in the College of Land Management at Huazhong Agricultural University and leads several projects with the National Science Foundation of China. He holds both an MS and PhD in Engineering Management from Huazhong University and the University of the Southeast.

Elena López Zozaya is a post-doctoral researcher working with Assistant Professor Aslıgül Göçmen. Her main research interest is to understand the impact of land-use changes on biodiversity. She completed her PhD at the University of Lleida (Spain) in 2011. She also earned a MS in Zoology from the University of Barcelona (2005) and an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Navarra (2002). In 2013 and 2014 she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Oklahoma State University. She participated in a project that analyzed the effect of land-use changes and habitat fragmentation on biodiversity across the South-Central USA. On January 2015 she joined the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is working on a project that analyzes the environmental and ecological benefits of conservation subdivision design.

Recent Visiting Scholars and Practitioners:

Prof. Neil Klug, University of Witwaterstrand, Johannesburg SOUTH AFRICA Fall 2012. Neil is with the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa). Areas of expertise: Informal Settlement Upgrading and Affordable Housing Policy, Integrated Development Planning and Land Use Management mechanisms in the developing world context.

Prof. Shang Tiancheng, September 2010 - August of 2011. Dr. Tiancheng is a Fulbright Scholar from the Tianjin University (CHINA) School of Management. Areas of expertise: integrative tourism planning, regional ecotourism carrying capacity indices.





Prof. Jean-Christophe Dissart, September - October 2010. Dr. Dissart (URPL Ph.D. 2003) is a Professor with the University of the Alpes in Grenoble (FRANCE). Areas of expertise: rural multi-functional landscapes, natural amenities and the economics of rural tourism.


Prof. Erwin van der Krabben, Summer 2010. Dr. van der Krabben is with the Department of Spatial Planning, Nijmegen (The Netherlands). Areas of expertise: urban redevelopment processes, use of non-financial tools to facilitate the redevelopment process..

Prof. Pery Francisco Assis Shikida, January - March, 2010. Dr. Sikida is with the Department of Economics at Western Parana State University (BRAZIL) and a Senior Post-doctoral Fellow with the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Techological Development. Areas of expertise: the economics of ethanol production, regional comparative advantages of ethanol production using sugar cane.

Prof. Knut Ingar Westeren, November 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014. Dr. Westeren is with the Department of Economics, Organization & Management at North Trondelag University College (Steinkjer, NORWAY). Areas of expertise: knowledge economies, regional science, and tourism economics.


Prof. Haiyan Zhong, September 2008 - August 2009. Dr. Zhong is with the Department of Economics at Southwest University for Nationalities (Chengu, CHINA). Areas of expertise: urban agglomeration, spatial economic structure, economic development.


Prof. Xianli Xia, September 2006- May 2007. Dr. Xia is with the Department of Economics at Northwest A&F University (Xi-an, CHINA). Areas of expertise: tourism economics, natural resource management, ecotourism.