Inter-disciplinary Approaches in Regional Economic Development

Panel Discussion: Amlan Mitra, Badri Narayanan Gopalakrishnan

Planning for the development of a region in the country involves coordination among many stakeholders from several disciplines. Have you ever wondered how policies in a local region, like NW Indiana, are framed and implemented despite the lack of commonalities between experts from different disciplines? If yes, this course is for you. This question is far more intriguing today than a century ago – we live in an era of super-specialists, while the past legends like Benjamin Franklin wore multiple hats! Fortunately, we are also witnessing a convergence among experts from different disciplines to work together for solutions from everyone’s perspective. This class identifies areas where planners can blend the principles from science, engineering, management, economics and social sciences to arrive at optimal policy decisions that benefit people at large. Examples include environmental policies, transportation planning, policies on regional eco-systems, health and the nexus between agricultural yields, energy and food security.

At the end of this course, the participants will better appreciate the usefulness of collaborative analysis and research. Even more fundamentally, they may deeply realize the mutual and symbiotic value of people around us.