Professor is writing a book on the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and would like student to do background research. Students can do research on topics align with books goals and that interest them and that may be useful for projects in other courses. Student and professor will discuss what should be researched at beginning and occasionally through project.
-Industrial clusters (agriculture, manufacturing and services)
-Social structure, conditions and differences among and within cities.
-Local and regional environmental and sustainability issues
-Profiles of communities (neighbourhoods, districts, villages, towns)
-Politics and governance
-Other topic of student interest
Student will find appropriate academic, government statistic and policy and other materials; read and analyse; write up summaries of findings.
Money will be available for trips to GBA to do field work.
Learn about the GBA and the social-economic forces propelling it to one of the world's most important regions
Learn and use various theories such as external economies and collective governance.
Apply skills and knowledge learned in their own specialised fields to a wider regional-systemic context.