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Randall Jackson

Director, Regional Research Institute, 2002-present

Adjunct Professorships:

Geography, The Ohio State University
Economics, West Virginia University
Agricultural Resource Economics, West Virginia University


Ph.D., Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1983)
M.S., Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1980)
B.S., Geography, University of Utah (1976)

Curriculum Vitae
One-Page Vitae
Google Scholar Profile

Honors and Awards:

Southern Regional Science Association Fellow
2013 Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award
President, Southern Regional Science Association
David E. Boyce Award Recipient

Research Interests:

Regional economic development; technological change; innovation; industry clustering; interregional trade; regional econometric, input-output, and conjoined models; energy and environmental systems and simulation; energy policy analysis.


Dr. Jackson joined the West Virginia University faculty as Regional Research Institute Director and Professor of Geology and Geography in January 2002. Previous appointments include the geography department and the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University and the geography department at The Ohio State University. While at OSU, he also served two years as Associate Director for Research Computing. Dr. Jackson’s research interests range from regional economic development strategies through the refinement and reformulation of regional economic modeling frameworks to interregional trade and conjoined macroeconomic energy and environmental modeling. He holds Adjunct Professorships in Economics and Agriculture and Resource Economics at WVU and Geography at The Ohio State University and was also Adjunct Professor of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been involved in numerous funded research projects with support from the National Science Foundation, the US Departments of Commerce, Energy and Agriculture, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Arthur P. Sloan Foundation, among others. Widely cited, he has published in a range of academic journals and is a past member of the editorial board of The Professional Geographer, Geographical Analysis, the Journal of Regional Science, and Papers in Regional Science, and a current member of the editorial boards of the Review of Regional Studies, Regional Statistics, International Regional Science Review, Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences, and the Australasian Journal of Regional Studies. He has participated on NSF review panels, served as President of the Southern Regional Science Association and on the Board of Directors for the Western Regional Science Association. Dr. Jackson was 2007 Chair of the North American Regional Science Council, and received the David E. Boyce Award for distinguished service to the Regional Science Association International, having served as the editor of the Association’s Newsletter and established and maintained its primary Internet web site. He was elected Southern Regional Science Fellow in 2015, and in March of 2013, he received the Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award, West Virginia University’s highest research and scholarship recognition.

Contact Information:

Regional Research Institute
West Virginia University
886 Chestnut Ridge Road, 5th Floor
Room 501
P.O. Box 6825
Morgantown, WV 26506-6825

Fax: 304-293-6699