Professor and Program Leader, Urban & Regional Planning; Director, SPDC Global
PhD in Regional ScienceHuman Ecology Building, Room 113
Phone: (517) 353-9056
Research Interests: Mega event planning, cyber geography, information society, nonprofit organizations
Dr. Mark Wilson is a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning in SPDC, and Director of SPDC Global. He has undergraduate and Master’s degrees from the University of Melbourne (Australia), and an AM and PhD in Regional Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wilson’s 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 economic, social and political dimensions of cyberspace, characterized by the recent publication of “Global Information Society” (Rowman & Littlefield 2013) with Aharon Kellerman and Kenneth E Corey. In 2006, he Co-Authored with Kenneth Corey, “Urban and Regional Technology Planning” (Routledge), which develops strategies for communities to utilize information technology in a global economy. He also serves as Chair of the IGU Commission on the Geography of Global Information Society; 2) The planning, land use and economic issues associated with mega events, such as the Olympics and World’s Fairs; and 3) The Nonprofit Michigan Project, which explores the significance of Michigan’s nonprofit sector, specializing in economic trends and public opinion about the sector.