James H. Spencer

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Adjunct Senior Fellow, Research Program
Graduagte School Vice-Provost and Dean, Louisiana State Univeersity
jhs [at] lsu.edu
Education: 
Ph.D. in Urban Planning, University of California Los Angeles
Area of Expertise: 

International urbanization and planning issues: water supplies, infrastructure and inequality

Professor James Spencer's  current research focuses on international urbanization and planning issues, with a particular focus on water supplies, infrastructure and inequality. His research has been published in the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Journal of Urban Health, the Economic Development Quarterly, and elsewhere. His 2014 book, Global urbanization: The global urban ecosystem, is a part of the Rowman and Littlefield series on Globalization. His research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and the Social Science Research Council, among others.

Prior to joining Louisiana State University, Professor Spencer was Professor of City and Regional Planning and Chair of the Department of Planning, Development, and Preservation at Clemson University. Earlier, he was an Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and of Political Science at the University of Hawaii, and has held staff positions at the Ford Foundation and non-profit organizations working on community development. He holds a B.A. from Amherst College, a Masters of Environmental Management from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from UCLA.