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Baumer Lecture, Spring 2020, Amy Glasmeier

Amy Glasmeier / MIT

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
January 15, 2020 - 5:30pm

Amy Glasmieier will deliver the January 15 Baumer Lecture in the Gui Auditorium in Knowlton Hall at 5:30 p.m. Glasmeier is professor of Economic Geography and Regional Planning at MIT, where she runs LRISA, the lab on Regional Innovation and Spatial Analysis. She is also a founding editor of the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, a journal that publishes multi-disciplinary international research on the spatial dimensions of contemporary socio-economic political change.

Glasmeier's research focuses on economic opportunities for communities and individuals through the investigation of the role of geographic access and the effect of locational accident on human development. She won a 2018 grant from the National Science Foundation for her collaborative research on understanding the benefits and mitigating the risks of interdependence in critical infrastructure systems. In 2017, she was named an AAG Fellow by the American Association of Geographers.

She is writing a textbook on the geography of the global energy economy. Her project, "Good Bye American Dream" traces the ideology of opportunity that undergirds America's relationship to the poor. Through analysis of census data, popular media, and personal narratives, Glasmeier is exploring the contradictions in the most sacred of constructs by demonstrating the ephemeral nature of economic opportunity encumbered by locational accident, institutional inertia, and the unintended consequences of public policy. The work builds off of her long-running Living Wage Calculator, which calculates the minimal income required for individuals and families to pay for basic living expenses.

Glasmeier holds a professional master's and PhD in Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley and currently serves as Associate Planning Board Member in the Town of Cohasset, MA.