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Mark Wilson - Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI, US

Mark Wilson Mark Wilson

Professor and Director of SPDC Global | Michigan State University


Expert in urban planning, information technology, economic geography, public policy and nonprofit organizations






TEDxLansing - Mark Wilson - Fair Sins and Virtues



Mark Wilson is a professor and program director of Urban & Regional Planning in SPDC, with undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University of Melbourne (Australia), and an AM and PhD in Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania. His research and teaching interests address urban planning, information technology, economic geography, public policy and nonprofit organizations. Specific research interests focus on three themes: 1) The planning, land use and economic issues associated with mega events, such as the Olympics and World’s Fairs; 2) The social, economic and political implications of technological change, including the Internet and autonomous vehicles, with emphasis on planning strategies and urban implications. This research interest is characterized by the recent publication of the book, Global Information Society (Rowman & Littlefield 2013), with Aharon Kellerman and Kenneth E Corey; and 3) The use of social media and big data as a research tool for understanding public attitudes towards cities, events and technological change.

Industry Expertise (6)

Public Policy Education/Learning Events Services Research Writing and Editing Information Technology and Services

Areas of Expertise (4)

Nonprofit Organizations Cyber Geography Mega Event Planning Information Society

Education (5)

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

Journal Articles (3)

Mega Event Planning: The Development and Impact of Shanghai Expo2010 Archivio Di Studi Urbani E Regionali

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Mega-Events and Legacies: Milan Expo 2015 and the Future Event City Territorio

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Smart and Sustainable: Lessons from Fogo Island Smart Cities in the Mediterranean

Mark I. Wilson


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.

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