Randall Jackson

Professor West Virginia University, USA
Email: Randall.Jackson [at] mail.wvu.edu
Phone: 304-293-8734
Room: 501

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Dr. Jackson joined the West Virginia University faculty as Regional Research Institute Director and Professor of Geology and Geography in January 2002. Previous appointments include the geography department and the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University and the geography department at The Ohio State University. While at OSU, he also served two years as Associate Director for Research Computing. Dr. Jackson’s research interests range from regional economic development strategies through the refinement and reformulation of regional economic modeling frameworks to interregional trade and conjoined macroeconomic energy and environmental modeling. He holds Adjunct Professorships in Economics and Agriculture and Resource Economics at WVU and Geography at The Ohio State University and was also Adjunct Professor of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been involved in numerous funded research projects with support from the National Science Foundation, the US Departments of Commerce, Energy and Agriculture, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Arthur P. Sloan Foundation, among others. Widely cited, he has published in a range of academic journals and is a past member of the editorial board of The Professional Geographer, Geographical Analysis, the Journal of Regional Science, and Papers in Regional Science, and a current member of the editorial boards of the Review of Regional Studies, Regional Statistics, International Regional Science Review, Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences, and the Australasian Journal of Regional Studies. He has participated on NSF review panels, served as President of the Southern Regional Science Association and on the Board of Directors for the Western Regional Science Association. Dr. Jackson was 2007 Chair of the North American Regional Science Council, and received the David E. Boyce Award for distinguished service to the Regional Science Association International, having served as the editor of the Association’s Newsletter and established and maintained its primary Internet web site. In March of 2013, he received the Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award, West Virginia University’s highest research and scholarship recognition.


Research Interests

regional economic development, technological change, innovation, regional econometric, input-output and conjoined models,


Additional Affiliations

Geography, The Ohio Stat University


Awards and Honors

Southern Regional Science Association Fellow (SRSA) for exceptional and sustained scholarship and service to the Association in the advancement of regional science, presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the SRSA in Mobile, Alabama, March 2015. 1/7/16 RANDALL W. JACKSON CURRICULUM VITAE Page 27 Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award for distinction in research and scholarship presented at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, March 2013. The David E. Boyce Award for distinguished service to the field of regional science, presented at the annual meeting of the Regional Science Association International, Savannah, GA, November 2007.



  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1983)
  • M.S., Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1980)
  • B.S., Geography, University of Utah (1976)"