Rural Reinvented: Exploring Shifts in Rural America

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

Avogadro's Number, 605 S. Mason

Panelists will examine the myths and realities of changes in rural America from demographic, natural resource, agricultural, and economic perspectives.

David Brown, Development Sociology, Cornell University. David L. Brown is International Professor of Development Sociology, and co-director of the Community & Regional Development Institute at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Professor Brown is a social demographer whose research focuses on migration and population redistribution in the US and Europe with a particular focus on how migration affects and is affected by local community organization.  His work also examines population ageing, the production and reproduction of social and economic inequalities between regions and rural vs. urban areas, the social organization of the urban-rural interface, and policies to ameliorate such inequalities.  His recent books include: The International Handbook of Rural Studies (Routledge 2016f) (co-edited), Rural Transformations and Rural Policies in the UK and US (Routledge, 2012) (co-edited), Rural Communities in the 21st Century: Resilience and Transformation (Polity, 2011) (with Kai Schafft), Rural Retirement Migration (Springer, 2008) (with Nina Glasgow), Population Change and Rural Society (Springer, 2006) (co-edited).  Among other recognition, he received the Distinguished Rural Sociologist award from the Rural Sociological Society: is past president of the Rural Sociological Society;  is chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on the Sociology of Development; received the Chancellor’s Award for Sustained Professional Service from the State University of New York, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Rousse University in Bulgaria in 2007 recognizing his contributions to that university’s rural and regional development educational programs.

Chris Goemans, Ag & Resource Econ, CSU. Christopher Goemans is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Colorado State University. Dr. Goemans holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Colorado. In addition to his current position, his past work experience includes consulting on projects focused on topics ranging from the cost-benefit analysis of proposed water projects to forecasting urban demands for water to evaluating the impacts of reallocating water among competing uses. He also spent time researching water markets in New Zealand while serving as a visiting scholar at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Dr. Goemans selected past research includes investigating: the impact of water transfers from agricultural to non-agricultural use, the relationship between climatic variability and the effectiveness of various water management schemes, optimal demand management strategies during periods of drought, and most recently, using experimental economics techniques to evaluate the performance of water markets under different institutional settings.

Susan Moore, La Luna Dairy (INVITED) Susan Moore has dairied on the edge of Wellington, CO for more than thirty years. As well as adapting to three decades of industry change, she has had to add various roles to those of traditional animal husbandry. La Luna has become involved in community outreach and education, environmental issues, immigration advocacy, state and local political issues; even global economics.

Lou Swanson, Office of Engagement, CSU. Dr. Lou Swanson presently is the Vice President for Engagement and Director of CSU Extension. He is a Professor of Sociology. He obtained his bachelor's degree in political science at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, his master's of technology in international development from North Carolina State University and his doctorate in rural sociology from Pennsylvania State University. He was a Professor in the University of Kentucky's Department of Sociology before joining CSU in 1997. He has served as Professor and Chair of the CSU Sociology Department and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He has spent the majority of his career focused on public policy associated with the sociology of agriculture and rural community studies. A past president of the Rural Sociological Society, he maintains an active interest in policy issues associated with agriculture and rural development and community change. He has written numerous journal articles and book chapters and has co-authored/edited six books on rural communities in the United States. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia (1972-1974), as a Resident Fellow at Resources for the Future (1989), and in 2009 was recognized as an Outstanding Alumni in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University.

Stephan Weiler, Economics, CSU. Stephan Weiler is Professor of Economics and Research Associate Dean at Colorado State University, as well as a former research officer with the Federal Reserve. His work explores regional economic development across its many dimensions. Stephan Weiler is a Professor of Economics and Research Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts at Colorado State University.  He received his BA (Honors) in Economics and MA in Development Economics from Stanford University in 1988, and his Economics PhD from UC-Berkeley in 1994 where he studied with eventual 2001 Nobel Laureate George Akerlof. From 2004 through 2006, Stephan was appointed as Assistant Vice President and Economist at the Federal Reserve’s Center for the Study of Rural America to lead the Center’s applied research work. The Center was the focal point in the Federal Reserve System for rural and regional development issues, providing cutting-edge research perspectives to private, public, and nonprofit decision makers. His research, comprising nearly one hundred articles, book chapters, and policy papers, has spanned a variety of development and labor market issues in Africa, Appalachia, Europe, and the American West. His current work focuses on regional economic growth and development, particularly in rural and inner-city areas, combining theoretical, empirical, and policy analyses on topics such as information, innovation, industrial restructuring, land use, public/private partnerships, immigration, entrepreneurship, and the environment.


Department of Sociology, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, School of Global Environmental Sustainability