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Richard P. Greene

 

        Professor Richard Greene is formerly from the Department of Geography at Northern Illinois University (NIU) where he served on the faculty from August 1990 to October 2014 and is currently Emeritus faculty with NIU.  He also has served as visiting Professor with the Committee on Geographical Studies at the University of Chicago, the program in geography with the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University, and with the School of Business at the University of Redlands.  He received his Ph.D. in 1989 from the University of Minnesota and writes on urban studies topics with an emphasis on urban regeneration, edge cities, and land conversion processes on the urban-rural fringe with principal comparisons drawn from Chicago, Los Angeles, and China’s urban system.  Utilizing geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and remote sensing technologies he is actively engaged in researching demographic and land-use change as a result of urban expansion.  He has a long term relationship with the American Farmland Trust (AFT) and he helped them develop a GIS system for evaluating the loss of prime farmland to urbanization.  He also collaborates on other applied GIS research with regional and local governments in the Chicago metropolitan area and has secured over 1 million dollars in project funding since the early 1990s.  He has published in a variety of journals including Landscape and Urban Planning, Forum of the Association of Arid Lands Studies, The Social Science Journal, the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Urban Geography, and Economic Geography.  He recently published two books, one titled Exploring the Urban Community: a GIS Approach (1st and 2nd Editions) and an edited book titled Chicago’s Geographies: Metropolis for the 21st Century.  His book, “Exploring the Urban Community: A GIS Approach,” has been translated into Korean and Chinese by major publishing companies in Korea and China.  He is conducting field research on urban development trends in China with recent research visits to the Chinese cities of Xian, Beijing, Shanghai, Huangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanning, Qingdao, and Guangzhou.  He has served as the Book Review Editor for The Social Science Journal and continues service with the editorial board of the Urban Geography Journal.