Category: Research

Don Lafreniere presents at International Seminar on Urban Form

Don LafreniereDon Lafreniere (SS/GLRC) along with colleagues Dayne Walling (U Minnesota) and Rick Sadler (Michigan State) presented a paper entitled “Rust Belt Cities as Exemplars for Urban Development Practice in a Low-Growth Future” at the International Seminar on Urban Form.

The paper outlines how slow- or no-growth communities in the American Rust Belt have responded to the socio-spatial processes shaping land use, development, and revitalization despite a long history of racial segregation and political fragmentation. The paper highlights the importance of community groups and civic networks in responding to these challenges in depopulating urban regions.


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Postdoctoral researcher Dan Trepal (SS/GLRC) and Don Lafreniere (SS/GLRC) recently published an article titled “Historical Spatial-Data Infrastructures for Archaeology: Towards a Spatiotemporal Big-Data Approach to Studying the Postindustrial City” in the journal Historical Archaeology

The article outlines how spatiotemporal big-data approaches combined with geospatial technologies can expand the way archaeologists study postindustrial cities.


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Chelsea Schelly (SS), Kathleen Brosemer (SS Ph.D. student), Valoree Gagnon (CFRES/GLRC), Andrew Fiss (HU), Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE), and Kathy Halvorsen (SS/CFRES/AVPRD) of Michigan Tech, and Douglas Bessette and Kristin Arola of Michigan State University authored a paper titled, “Energy Policy for Energy Sovereignty: Can Policy Tools Enhance Energy Sovereignty?” published in Solar Energy.

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Shan ZhouShan Zhou co-authored the article, “Collaboration mitigates barriers of utility ownership on policy adoption: evidence from the United States”, published in the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.

This paper offers an answer to the question: “To what extent does collaboration between utilities and local governments influence energy policy adoption?” Cross-sectional data from the United States–focused Integrated City Sustainability Database (ICSD) are used to investigate the degree that specific city attributes and state policy influence the creation of city-scale energy policy.