Peter Batey, University of Liverpool, UK
David Plane, University of Arizona, USA
Springer Cham, 2023

About this book
This book is the second volume in a new series on ‘Great Minds in Regional Science,’ which seeks to present a contemporary view on the scientific relevance of the work done by great thinkers in regional science. This volume presents, among others, Adam Smith, Johann Heinrich von Thünen, and Alan Wilson. Each chapter combines factual biographical information about the ‘Great Mind,’ a description of their major contributions, and a discussion of the broader context of their work, as well as an assessment of its current relevance, scientific recognition, and policy impact. The book attempts to fill a gap in our knowledge and to respond to the growing interest in the formation and development of the field of regional science and its key influential figures.

Publication date: 1 January 2023  |   ISBN: 978-3-031-13442-5

About the authors

Peter Batey is the current President of The Regional Science Academy. He held the Lever Chair in Town and Regional Planning at the University of Liverpool (UK) until his retirement in 2015 and is now Emeritus Professor.  A Past President of the Regional Science Association International (RSAI), Peter was elected a Fellow in 2006. He is the RSAI’s Archivist and has a particular interest in the history of planning methodology. 

David Plane is Professor Emeritus of Geography and Regional Development at the University of Arizona in Tucson (USA), where he served on the faculty from 1981 to 2019 and as Department Head from 1990 to 1997. He is a Fellow of the Regional Science Association International and the Western Regional Science Association. In 2013 he was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Population Specialty Group.

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