University of Southern California

USC Global Conference

Global Challenges for Humanity
Seoul, Korea
May 23-25, 2013

Eric J. Heikkila

Eric HeikkilaEric J. Heikkila is a professor and the director of international initiatives at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, where he has been a member of the faculty continuously for twenty-five years. His research work is both quantitative and qualitative in nature, and his scholarly writings address a wide range of topics bearing on the geographical, economic, cultural and historical factors that influence urban development trajectories. He has applied spatial analysis, fuzzy sets and agent-based modeling to study urban structure. Other aspects of his work include a more qualitative, policy-oriented approach to urban development issues, especially in the context of the Asia Pacific region.

He has spent sabbatical leaves as a visiting scholar on separate occasions at National Taiwan University (Department of Geography), Peking University (Department of Urban and Environmental Sciences), and Chinese University of Hong Kong (Department of Geography and Resource Management).

Eric Heikkila’s links to professional practice help ground his academic research agenda in more pragmatic concerns. Shortly after joining USC, he became founding executive secretary of the Pacific Rim Council on Urban Development (PRCUD), a globally-based non-governmental organization that continues to thrive, and that organizes regular forums in host cities throughout the Asia Pacific region. He has organized two international forums addressing climate change respectively in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Palembang, Indonesia. As director of international initiatives, Heikkila has broad responsibility for planning and coordinating USC Price School’s global engagement, including strategic institutional partnerships.

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