Core Faculty

Edward Feser

Dean, College of Fine and Applied Arts

Professor of Urban & Regional Planning
Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics
Visiting Professor, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK

PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997


Edward Feser’s research and teaching expertise includes technology-based regional economic development; design, institutional innovation and implementation in public sector organizations; regional analysis methods; and policies supporting business formation and growth in cities and regions.

Prior to becoming Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, Feser served as Davies Chair of Entrepreneurship and Head of the Division of Innovation, Management and Policy at the Manchester Business School in 2011-12. He headed the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2007 to 2011 and served as Assistant Secretary for Policy, Research and Strategic Planning in the North Carolina Department of Commerce in 2003. He is a Senior Research Fellow with the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness in Arlington, Virginia and is a frequent consultant to local, regional, and state governments in the U.S. and abroad on issues of economic development strategy, policy and planning.

Feser holds a Ph.D. in Regional Planning and a Master of Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of San Francisco.

Contact Information:

College of Fine and Applied Arts
100 Architecture Building
608 East Lorado Taft Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217.333.1660
Fax: 217.244.8381
E-mail: feser@illinois.edu


Current Research Areas

  • Local, regional and state economic development
  • Institutional design and innovation in economic development organizations
  • Local and regional industrial policy
  • Regional and spatial analysis methods

Selected Publications

Xiao, Y, and E Feser. 2013. 1993 U.S. Midwest flood: A quasi-experimental structural break point analysis. Forthcoming, Environmental Hazards.

Feser, E. 2013. Isserman’s impact: Quasi-experimental comparison group designs in regional research. International Regional Science Review 36 (1): 44-68.

Feser, E. 2013. Entrepreneurship education in the research-intensive entrepreneurial university. Forthcoming in Knowledge Commercialization and Valorization in Regional Economic Development, edited by Tüzin Baycan (Edward Elgar).

Drucker, J, and E Feser. 2012. Regional industrial structure and agglomeration economies: An Analysis of productivity in three manufacturing industries. Regional Science and Urban Economics 42: 1-14.

Feser, E. 2011. El Paso Economic Development System Review and Recommendations. Prepared for the City of El Paso City Manager and Planning and Economic Development Department.

Feser, E, and K Poole. 2011. Public and Private Roles in State Economic Development: Trends and Implications. Arlington, VA: Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness. Prepared for the Pew Center for the States, Washington, DC.

Ke, S, and E Feser. 2010. Count on the growth pole strategy for regional economic growth? Spread-backwash effects in greater central China. Regional Studies 4 (9): 1131-47.

Isserman, A, E Feser, and D Warren. 2009. Why some places prosper while others do not. International Regional Science Review 32 (3): 300-42.

Feser, E. 2009. Detecting university-industry synergies: A comparison of two approaches in applied cluster analysis. In Universities and Regional Development: Success Factors and Potential for Failure, edited by A Varga, pp. 57-81 (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar).

Feser, E, H Renski, and J Koo. 2009. Regional cluster analysis with interindustry benchmarks. In Targeting Regional Economic Development, edited by S J Goetz, S C Deller, and T R Harris, 213-238 (London: Routledge).

Feser, E, and A Isserman. 2009. The rural role in national value chains. Regional Studies 43 (1): 89-109.


Edward Feser