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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. His research interests have ranged from regional economic development strategies through the refinement and reformulation of regional economic modeling frameworks to interregional trade and macroeconomic energy and environmental modeling. He has published more than 80 refereed research publications, two books, and more than 100 working papers, government reports, technical reports, book chapters, and research documents. Dr. Jackson has also been involved in a wide variety of 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. He has published in a range of academic journals and is a past member of the editorial boards of Review of Regional StudiesThe Professional Geographer, Geographical Analysis, Journal of Regional Science, Australasian Journal of Regional Studies and Papers in Regional Science, and is a current member of the editorial boards of the International Regional Science Review, Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences, Regional Statistics, and Economic Systems Research.

Dr. Jackson has participated on NSF review panels, 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  developed its first Internet web site. He served as Council member and later 2011 President of the Southern Regional Science Association, and on the Board of Directors for the Western Regional Science Association. Dr. Jackson received the Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award in 2013, West Virginia University’s highest research and scholarship recognition.

In 2021, Dr. Jackson was one of four Fellows elected by the Regional Science Association International (RSAI). This prestigious award, "a world-wide sign of scientific recognition" according to the RSAI website, was established in 2002 to honor members of the Association who are distinguished scholars with a proven and recognized research record in the field of regional science during a considerable part of their scientific career, and who have made important scholarly and research contributions in the field of regional science. Only 94 RSAI Fellows have been elected from an Association that has an international membership of roughly 4,500. Such honored members of the RSAI are appointed after a careful nomination and selection procedure, based on a broad consultation of the RSAI membership.

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