Mark Wilson is a professor of Urban & Regional Planning in the School of Planning, Design and Construction, with research and teaching interests focusing on three themes: 1) the impact of disruptive technologies on urban planning and life, including the affect of the internet on daily life and the implications of autonomous technologies for cities; 2) the planning and management elements of mega events such as the Olympics, World Cup and Expos on their host cities; and 3) the potential of industrial parks for urban economic development.
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University of Pennsylvania: Ph.D., Regional Science
University of Pennsylvania: M.A., Regional Science
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: M.A., Economics
University of Melbourne: M.Commerce, Regional/Urban Economics
University of Melbourne: B.Commerce, Economics
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Globalization and centralization of economic activity are increasingly challenging the viability of many communities distant from the world’s economic centers. One category of places that encounters economic challenges is islands, because they face higher costs and have long served on the periphery of the economy. One example of community and non profit action used for social and economic change is Fogo Island, a small island located off the coast of Newfoundland, with a unique approach to local development led by the Shorefast Foundation. Fogo Island is an excellent example of innovative policy, community action, and sustainable practice that informs planning for islands in general. Using a tourism and culture based model that features sustainability and heritage preservation, Fogo Island serves as a valuable example of ways to harness community assets and motivation for regional development.