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Infrastructure consequences


Karen R. Polenske

Professor of Regional Political Economy and Planning, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology




mercoledì 7 maggio 2008
aula Tafuri, palazzo Badoer

San Polo 2468 Venezia

ore 15


outline of the lecture

> U.S. industrial experience

> Unintended consequences

> The U.S. environmental movement

> Regulatory response

> U.S. land-recycling efforts

> China land-recycling efforts

> Examples and case studies


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Karen R. Polenske, Professor of Regional Political Economy and Planning, Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) is director of the multiregional planning (MRP) research team.  She is nationally and internationally recognized for her excellence in regional economic, energy, and environmental research and teaching.  Professor Polenske, who holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, is a leading political economy researcher. 


Her current research includes (1) a comparison of industrial technology options in Brazil and the People’s Republic of China (China) in terms of energy use, pollution generation, employment, and investments; (2) examination of land-recycling in China to determine effects of regional restructuring on the physical and social infrastructure, and (3) implications of fuel use on food security in the United States.


Since 1966, she has worked on air-pollution, energy, transportation, and environmental-assessment projects in many U.S. regions, such as Los Angeles, Iowa, Massachusetts, Mississippi, and Missouri and abroad.  By the 1990s, she broadened her innovative research agenda and group of important colleagues to include anthropologists, chemical engineers, economic planners, lawyers, physicists, political scientists, and public-health scholars. 


The Polenske multiregional input-output (MRIO) model, which she and her research staff developed in the late 1960s, has been used extensively by academic and government researchers for many influential employment and transportation policy analyses.  Her MRIO modeling framework has been adopted by a number of other countries (e.g., Venezuela and Israel) for purposes of regional planning.  Professor Polenske is well-known not only in the western world, but also in countries under transition, such as the People’s Republic of China, as one of the most prominent input-output economists in the world.

She teaches classes on regional economic accounting and growth, regional socioeconomic modeling and analyses, and energy and environmental modeling.  In 2005, she was elected as a Fellow to the Regional Science Association International and in 2006, as a Fellow of the International Input-Output Association  She is past President of the International Input-Output Association (1995-2000) and past Head of the International Development and Regional Planning Group in DUSP(1995-2006).  In 1996, she was awarded the North American Regional Science Association's Distinguished Scholar Award, and in 1999, the Associated Collegiate Schools of Planning Margarita McCoy Award for outstanding service; Her publications include eight books, the latest two of which are The Technology-Energy-Environment-Health (TEEH) Chain in China (Springer 2006, a Chinese translation of which was also published in 2006 by Higher Education Press) and The Economic Geography of Innovation (Cambridge University Press, 2007).  The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded her the 2007-2008 Sloan Industry Studies Best Book Award for her TEEH book. 

She also has numerous articles in key economic, energy, environmental, and planning journals.



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