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Spring 2018 - URSP661: City and Regional Economic Development Planning

URSP 661: City and Regional Economic Development Planning

Time: W 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: HJP 3120

Instructor: Li Fang

Credits: 3

Partner Institution: Higher School of Economics - St. Petersburg, Russia
Prerequisite: URSP606 or URSP660.
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Course Description: This is a global class in which we meet and collaborate with Higher School of Economics, Russia. This course focuses on economic development and international planning. It provides a valuable chance to conduct hands-on economic development planning in both US and Russian settings.

Award Year: 2017

Name of Faculty: Kerry Li Fang (link is external)
Title & Affiliation: Instructor, PhD Candidate; Urban and Regional Planning and Design
Title of Proposed Course: A Joint Recipe for Entrepreneurial Districts: Industry Targeting, Performance Tracking and Policy Designing
Partner Institution: Higher School of Economics, Russia


This global class, A Joint Recipe for Entrepreneurial Districts: Industry Targeting, Performance Tracking and Policy Designing, aims to achieve a combined approach for the development of entrepreneurial districts based on the experiences and insights from both the United States and Russia. This course takes a hands-on approach and centers around the cross-continental joint projects. We explore effective ways of industry targeting, apply comprehensive methods to track the performance of entrepreneurial districts, and provide policy recommendations to improve their functionality.

During this learning-by-doing process, students not only are equipped with both theories and techniques, but also apply them into actual domestic and international planning practices and make real social impacts. We cover theories on urban agglomeration, entrepreneurial districts and economic development, as well as techniques including location quotient, shift-share analysis, hot-spot analysis, regression analysis and network analysis. Students are encouraged to apply both in-class techniques and skills they have acquired outside of this class to strengthen their projects. By visual communication multiple times a week to their cross-continental peers who may have limited knowledge about US entrepreneurial districts, students will learn how to effectively get their points through. This will improve the communication skills of students and enable them to adapt to different audiences in the future. Through the cross-continental collaborations, students will experience a cross-cultural exchange, challenge their theoretical premises and expand their toolbox as urban planners. The final products of the joint projects will be delivered to stakeholders and contribute to the economic vibrancy of local communities.