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Susan M. Walcott

Dr. Walcott's academic interests focus on regional economic development based on high technology industrial clusters such as life science industry, and urban growth coalitions. Regional study area have been the American Midwest, Southern California, Atlanta MSA, China and India. She has published articles in 'The Professional Geographer, Urban Geography, Environment & Planning, Growth & Change, Asian Geographer, Southeastern Geographer, and Jouranl of Cultural Geography on the pharmaceutical industry, high tech clusters in Atlanta & Georgia, the tea industry, privatization of high tech military base, Buford Highway, land use change in Shanghai, and numerous articles and a book on science parks in China, as well as several book chapters.

There are 30 included publications by Susan M. Walcott :

TitleDateViewsBrief Description
An Analysis of the Relationship between Spatial Patterns of Water Quality and Urban Development in Shanghai, China 2005 656 Recent urban development in Shanghai, the largest city in China, and its impact on the water environment are examined in this study. The area of built-up surface was obtained from the classification of the Landsat 7 ETM+ images of the year 2000 for S...
Analyzing an Innovative Environment: San Diego as a Bioscience Beachhead 2002 882 This article examines dynamics underlying the growth of a flourishing bioscience cluster in San Diego, California, to illustrate the construction of an innovative environment and the matching of place characteristics with a specific economic activity...
Bordering the Eastern Himalaya: Boundaries, Passes, Power Contestations 2010 406 National borders in the eastern Himalaya region exhibit pressures of modernisation transition between two powerful emerging nation-states. The research question concerns under what circumstances borders are maintained. Consideration falls on the role...
Brewing a New American Tea Industry 2012 29 The article discusses the tea industry and market in the U.S. It comments on a transformation in agriculture that emphasizes health and environmental sustainability. The author describes early attempts to grow tea in the Southeastern U.S. during the ...
China’s Urban Transition 2007 464 China's role as the world's largest country and global manufacturing behemoth commands attention, along with apprehension over tremors arising from its complex rural-urban adjustments. John Friedmann, a well-known, retired UCLA urban and regional pla...
The Chinese Diaspora: Space, Place, Mobility and Identity 2004 382 This book contributes to research on Chinese who are living outside China, a corpus that has steadily expanded since the mid-1960s. Ma’s introductory essay clearly sets out the historical periodicity of the explosion of population from China as part ...
Chinese Industrial and Science Parks: Bridging the Gap 2002 998 This article proposes the addition of a ?bridge high technology? stage to Park’s (1996) Asian development model, based upon field research and analysis of four ?science and technology parks? in different regions of China: Shenzhen, Shanghai, Suzhou, ...
City Profile: Thimphu 2009 1850 The only capital city in the world without a traffic light, Thimphu is currently in the throes of major building projects as Bhutan modernizes with a new parliamentary monarchy and an increasingly open economy. The Thimphu Structural Plan adopted in ...
Comments on Edward Ullman‘s 'Amenities as a Factor in Regional Growth‘ 2010 326 The novelty of the notion that amenities could be an important mobility magnet takes us back to the beginning of what would be a historically lengthy, sustained post–World War II period of prosperity. New industries and urban landscapes were blossom...
Developing China’s West: producer services in metropolitan Xi’an 2012 2 China's maturing economy raises questions as to the convergence of urban-economic spatial patterns with those in developed countries. Three major components of producer services – financial, information consultancy and computer services – indicate th...
Developing Western China: Xi'an's Maturing Economy and the Role of Producer Services 2010 415 Xi'an, famed for its Terracotta Warriors of ancient times and as a strategic interior location in Maoist China, is rising again, as a provider of producer services.
The Dragon's Tail: Utilizing Chengdu and Chongqing Technology Development Zones to Anchor West China Economic Advancement 2007 456 This research examines the role of post-1999 'Develop the West' policies in promoting accelerated economic development in Chengdu and Chongqing, the two largest, spatially proximate metropolitan centers of western China. Differences between these two...
The Emergence of the Knowledge Economy: A Regional Perspective 2004 167 The essays that compose this book, many by authors quite well known for previous work on related topics, grew out of conferences organized by the multidisciplinary Regional Science Association. Indeed, a primary stated aim of the collection is to pul...
Fieldwork in an Urban Setting: Structuring a Human Geography Learning Exercise 1999 1229 Carefully constructed urban fieldwork enriches students' geographic education in ways impossible to reconstruct in the classroom. Geographic literature lacks good examples from human geography of how this might be accomplished. This research extends ...
The Furniture Foothills and the Spatial Fix: Globalization in the Furniture Industry 2011 158 Spatial shifts in the location of manufacturing continue, but understanding why particular regions prove attractive to particular industries and elements within those industries lags. A sharp increase in fuel cost prompted considerations of a major g...
Gendered Caribbean and Latin American New Immigrant Employment Experiences in New York City 1999 462 New York City is a "traditional" destination for Caribbean immigrants, with the earliest influx occurring at the turn of the twentieth century (Bogen, 1987; Bryce- Laporte, 1979; Conway, 1989; Richardson 1989). Notably, the post 1965 era has witnesse...
Growing Global: Learning Locations in the Life Sciences 2001 338 This research explores the role of place in corporate location strategy by following the global footsteps of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Company. Examining a life science company model whose acquisitions strongly affected industry strategy pr...
High Tech in the Deep South: Biomedical Firm Clusters in Metropolitan Atlanta 1999 396 The relation between biomedical firms and their metropolitan region location in Atlanta, Georgia is examined as an empirical test of both innovative milieu agglomeration theory and place specific strategies for life science companies in the Deep Sout...
Leveraging the Future Foothills: Asset Mapping the North Carolina Furniture Industry Cluster 2010 505 North Carolina features the second largest furniture industry by state in the nation, despite a decline in the state’s furniture manufacturing jobs by more than 50% from 2001to 2009 . Previous studies of the North Carolina furniture industry sugges...
Making the Most of Geographic Disadvantage: Modernizing Bhutan 2011 73 This article provides an introductory overview of Bhutan and its importance as a geographically disadvantaged “yam between two boulders,” living in a dangerous neighborhood of rapidly rising and potentially highly destabilizing powers. The following ...
Mapping from a Different Direction: Mandala as Sacred Spatial Visualization 2006 789 Spatial visualization serves as a key cartographic device for relaying representative information about that part of space portrayed, creating an ordered presentation of patterns that instruct the observer. This research explores the function of a ma...
Metropolitan Spatial Dynamics: Shanghai 2006 613 As China‘s largest and wealthiest city, Shanghai‘s dynamic growth since the 1990s indicates the spatial form of new metropolitan expansion patterns. This research deals with mechanisms shaping emerging patterns, including the rise of a land market, ...
One of a Kind: Bhutan and the Modernity Challenge 2011 184 A small Buddhist nation long isolated in the Himalayas between China and India, Bhutan navigates the passage to internal modernity and global integration by using the precepts of ‘Gross National Happiness’: cultural and environmental preservation, ec...
Overlapping Ethnicities and Negotiated Space: Atlanta’s Buford Highway 2002 1417 The unique intermingling of numerous businesses reflecting varied ethnic affiliations along Buford Highway in Metro Atlanta offers a case study combining cultural, social, and urban geography. Studies of ethnic retail concentrations generally focus ...
Shanghai Pudong: Urban Development in an Era of Global–Local Interaction. 2009 433 The 2008 Olympics brought world attention to the speed and assertiveness of China‘s self-conscious projection of its modernity in the form of spectacular urban built projects. Before Beijing‘s transformation, came Shanghai‘s Pudong, following the ear...
Shanghai Rising: State Power and Local Transformations in a Global Megacity. 2010 426 Shanghai deservedly attracts much scholarly attention, both inside and outside China, as a striking exemplar of China’s resurgence onto the world scene. This edited compilation emphasizes the dimension of comparison with other developing and develope...
Southeast Asians in North Carolina: Settlement Patterns and Socioeconomic Outcomes. 2012 681 The relevance of place characteristics of both sending and receiving regions on the socio-economic success of immigrants constitutes an under examined yet potentially highly important factor explaining differential adjustment outcomes of groups from ...
A Spatial Analysis of Ethnic Self-Employment in the Atlanta Metropolitan 2010 211 The increased ethnic and racial diversification in North American cities have offered promising breeding places for new business activities of individuals with various ethnic origins. Using data derived from the 2000 Decennial Census and spatial regr...
Urbanization in Bhutan 2009 2343 Modernization's destabilizing effects frequently afflict emerging nations. Common problems evoke convergent pressures to find similar solutions. Bhutan's "middle way" development strategy offers a model for navigating competing pressures that holds p...
Wenzhou and the Third Italy: Entrepreneurial Model Regions 2007 805 Physically semi-isolated between the two economically booming deltas of Shanghai and Guangzhou, Wenzhou provides the premier example of successfully autonomous, bottom-up entrepreneurial development in contemporary China. Along with a prosperous urba...