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John Felkner



Assistant Teaching Professor

Office: BEL 620
Email Address: jfelkner@fsu.edu



Personal Statement:

I am interested in the driving processes and economic and social implications of rapid global urbanization and mega-cities. I've worked for the World Bank, USAID, and The Millennium Challenge Corporation in Egypt, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Benin, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, China, The Philippines, Russia, the Republic of Georgia, and Honduras; Current research includes economic and environmental impact evaluation of infrastructure development in Republic of Georgia, Honduras and Cambodia, informal areas planning in Kenya, and water sustainability in the Mekong.

Education:

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

Areas of Interest:

International Planning, Planning in Developing Areas, Transportation and Environmental Planning in the Context of Global Rapid Urbanization and Economic Development

Selected Publications:

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.

"The Death of Distance? Economic Implications of Infrastructure Improvements in Russia” with Brown, D., Fay, M., Lall, S., and Wang, H.G., 2008. Papers of the European Investment Bank, EIB Papers Volume 13. n°2/2008. (Available online at http://www.eib.org/infocentre/publications/eibpapers-2008-v13-n02.htm)

Book Chapters:
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. (Available online at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/pp1726/)

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. (Available online at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/pp1726/)

“Spatial and Economic Investigation of Applying Ontario’s Timber Management Guidelines: GIS Analysis for Riparian Areas of Concern,” with Robert France, Harvard University. Handbook for Water Sensitive Planning and Design, CRC Press LLC, 2002.

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

Selected Completed Professional Reports:
“Economic Impact Evaluation of Road Improvements in the Republic of Georgia: Combining Double Differences, Propensity Score Matching and GIS Indices of Accessibility”, NORC at the University of Chicago (www.norc.org), funded by The Millennium Challenge Corporation (www.mcc.gov), August 2013.

“Qualitative Analysis of the Economic and Social Impacts of the SJ Road Improvement 2008-2010 in The Republic of Georgia: Report on Results of Focus Group Discussions (FGD) and In-Depth Interviews held in Samtskhe-Javakheti Regions in Republic of Georgia in winter 2012-2013”, NORC at the University of Chicago (www.norc.org), funded by The Millennium Challenge Corporation (www.mcc.gov), February 2013.

“Estimation of Economic Rates of Return (IRR) Using HDM-4 for The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact Road Improvements in Honduras”, NORC at the University of Chicago (www.norc.org), funded by The Millennium Challenge Corporation www.mcc.gov), June 2012.

“Kenya Municipal Program, State of Cities Baseline Survey: Inception Report”, with Ray Struyk, Sarah Hughes and Santanu Pramanik. NORC at the University of Chicago (www.norc.org), funded by The Millennium Challenge Corporation (www.mcc.gov), July 2011.

“Economic Impact Evaluation Design of Road Improvement Projects, MCC Ghana Compact: Propensity Score Matching and Double Differences”, with Ray Struyk, George Caldwell and Kareem Kysia, NORC at the University of Chicago (www.norc.org), funded by The Millennium Challenge Corporation (www.mcc.gov), August 2009.

“Estimation and Simulation of Network-Wide Impacts on Shipping Costs in Sri Lanka For Alternative Hypothetical Infrastructure Improvement Scenarios: A Spatial Econometric Model”, with Somik Lall and Rohan Masakarola, 2009, The World Bank, World Bank Sustainable Development Network, 2009.

“Impact Evaluation Design, MCC Compact, Honduras: A Model-Based Approach Using GIS and Estimation of Travel-Time Improvements”, with Paul Gertler, George Caldwell and Varuni Dayaratna, NORC at the University of Chicago (www.norc.org), funded by The Millennium Challenge Corporation (www.mcc.gov), 2007.

Selected Invited Presentations:
Millennium Challenge Corporation (www.mcc.gov), Washington, DC, September 20, 2013. Invited to present results of HDM-4 NPV/IRR analysis of road improvements in Honduras, and economic impact evaluation of road improvements in The Republic of Georgia, for MCC peer-review workshop on road impact evaluations.

Center for Khmer Studies, Siem Reap, Cambodia, June 12, 2013. Invited to present at the Center for Khmer Studies (http://khmerstudies.org/) on the Interdependence of Water Systems and Ecosystem Services in the Lower Mekong Basin, results of research funded by The National Science Foundation (NSF) Water Sustainability and Climate program (WSC, Solicitation 11-551, NSF Award 1204609):

Cuenta Del Milenio – Honduras, Tegucigalpa, May 2, 2013. Invited to present at the Cuenta Del Milenio – Honduras (http://www.mcahonduras.hn/) on Net Present Value (NPV)/Internal Rate of Return (IRR) analysis conducted on MCC road improvements in Honduras 2008-2011 using HDM-4.

Millennium Challenge Corporation (www.mcc.gov), Washington, DC, January 21 2011. Invited to present as a Panelist at the MCC Inaugural Impact Evaluation Conference. See: https://www.mcc.gov/pages/press/event/outreach-012111-impacteval

Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), Cairo, Egypt, November 2010. Invited to present on methods for utilization of GIS in economic impact evaluation projects, and methods for calculating accessibility using GIS data.

Enterprise Initiative (http://enterpriseinitiative.org/) University of Chicago, January 20, 2009. Invited presentation: “Impact of Climate Change on Rice Production in Thailand”.

The World Bank, Europe and Central Asia Division, Washington D.C., June 2008. Invited presentation: research on Russia and Thailand.

World Bank China Conference on Chinese Economic Development, Beijing, China, October 2005. Invited presentation: paper “The Wealth of Villages: Spatial Analysis and Economic Modeling.”

Thai Chamber of Commerce University, Bangkok, Thailand, November 2005. Invited presentation: paper “Risk and Inequality in Southeast Asia.”