CURS Director receives prestigious Fulbright Award to the UK

Dr. William RoheDr. William (Bill) Rohe, a faculty member from UNC Chapel Hill has received a Fulbright Research Scholarship to research urban revitalization in Glasgow, Scotland. He will be based at the Urban Lab in the Glasgow School of Art. The US-UK Fulbright scholarship program is on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programs operating in the world.

Created by treaty in 1948, the US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship program, offering awards for study or research in any field, at any accredited US or UK University. The Commission is part of the Fulbright program conceived by Senator J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients will be the future leaders for tomorrow and support the “special relationship” between the US and UK.

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Announcing the Fall 2014/Spring 2015 CURS Scholar-in-Residence Opportunity

Announcing the Fall 2014/Spring 2015 CURS Scholar-in-Residence Opportunity

With support from the Dean’s Office, College of Arts & Sciences, the Center for Urban & Regional Studies (CURS) is pleased to solicit applications again for its Scholar-in-Residence Program. The CURS Scholar-in-Residence Program provides an opportunity for faculty members in the College of Arts & Sciences to concentrate on developing major research proposals by providing funds for a course buyout and for proposal development expenses.  In addition, the CURS Scholar-in-Residence will have full administrative support from the Center’s financial and clerical support staff.  This opportunity will be provided during either the fall semester 2014 or spring semester 2015 based on the candidate’s preference.  Nina Martin from the Department of Geography is the fall 2013 Scholar-in-Residence. As a result, faculty members from Geography are ineligible for the fall 2014/spring 2015 program. Continue reading

Upcoming Brown Bag: Immigrant Advocacy in the U.S. South: Sub-federal policy formation and the impact of pro- and anti-immigrant groups

Nina Martin, Assistant Professor, Geography

late 1800s cartoon In this talk, Dr. Martin will present proposed and on-going research exploring the growth, nature, and trajectory of activism around the issue of immigration in the U.S. South, which has seen unprecedented rates of immigration and an upswing of anti-immigrant sentiment. The research seeks to establish a framework for studying the agency, intention, and tactics of civil society organizations and policy makers as they craft legislation effecting those who are largely disenfranchised. Using a mixed methods approach of survey research and open-ended interviews, the research will document the range of responses by immigrant groups on all sides of the debate to the perceived threats and opportunities created by a political environment espousing the “self deportation” of undocumented immigrants. Continue reading

Upcoming Brown Bag: Sensible Lives, Sustainable Neighborhoods

Dave Wann, author of Affluenza, Superbia! and The New Normal

books by WannAuthor and filmmaker Dave Wann champions a “New Suburbanism,” a creative, incremental approach to reinventing the existing suburban landscape, one neighborhood at a time. Wann has been exploring and promoting opportunities for making our way of life less destructive, more affordable, and more satisfying. He has examined the way we eat, where we choose to live, what policies we support, what we manufacture and buy, how we take care of our health, and what we do in our spare time. His goal is to create a future scenario in which Americans can experience twice the satisfaction for half the resources.

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Upcoming Seminar: How does financialization affect manufacturing investment?

financialization graphicProfessor Susan Christopherson, Cornell University

Please note: This talk has been cancelled.

We are very fortunate to have Cornell Professor Susan Christopherson visiting UNC on February 6 to discuss her research on how processes associated with the “financialization” of the US and UK economies affect capital investment in manufacturing enterprises.

Her talk will address the following questions: How does financialization affect manufacturing investment? Does it make economic sense to expect the growth of advanced manufacturing in what are considered “post-industrial” economies?  And what conditions work against the establishment of robust export-oriented manufacturing in the US and UK?

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Upcoming Brown Bag: Constructing local quality of life measures based on compensating differentials in housing prices

Siqi Zheng, Professor, Tsinghua University, China

Chinese apartment buildingDr. Zheng will present her work estimating urban households’ willingness to pay for various quality of life amenities. She uses compensating differentials in the housing prices within a city and across cities in China to construct integrated quality of life measures. Her work shows that a growing number of Chinese households are demanding greater amenities and a higher quality of life when seeking housing. The results of this study have important implications for public policy design and real estate pricing strategies.

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Recent Trends in Climate, Vegetation and Food Security in Northern Burkina Faso

Colin Thor West, assistant professor in anthropology, studies how households in semi-arid regions cope with limited or fluctuating natural resource availability and focuses on food security. One such region, the northern Central Plateau of Burkina Faso, lies in the Sahel of West Africa where droughts commonly occur and there is high population pressure. West has been studying Mossi communities in this area for over a decade, learning more about livelihoods and how people adapt to climate variability. Continue reading

Upcoming Brown Bag: Recent Trends in Climate, Vegetation and Food Security in Northern Burkina Faso

Colin West, Assistant Professor, Anthropology

grainThe Sahel of West Africa is a region commonly associated with desertification, droughts, political instability, and famine. Like many parts of Africa, the Sahel faces significant social, economic, and environmental challenges, and we mostly hear about this area during infrequent but extreme crises. We rarely learn about the much more common, yet less newsworthy, every day and routine ways in which societies of the Sahel are adapting to climatic and social change. This talk will present findings based on ethnographic fieldwork in northern Burkina Faso. It will discuss recent positive trends in climate, vegetation, and food security among rural Mossi smallholders.

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