Gundars Rudzitis, Ph.D.
College of Science
Campus Locations: Moscow
Department of Geography
With UI Since 1984
Ph.D. Geography, University of Chicago, 1977
M.A. Social Sciences, University of Chicago, 1973
M.B.A. Management, Adelphi College, 1968
B.A. Chemistry, Adelphi College, 1966
Environmental and Resource Policy
Amenity migration and quality-of-life models
Alternative development and place-based theories
Much of my theoretical and empirical research focuses on environmental and resource conflicts, and migration and regional development issues in the American West and elsewhere.
I am currently extending my research in the direction of alternative culturally place-specific development approaches, especially indigenously based models. The intent of this research is to move beyond the simplistic development models in use today, and to show how a geographically based theory can lead to more democratic and socially just outcomes. Some of these issues are addressed in, hopefully, some novel ways in my forthcoming book.
- G.Rudzitis, N. Barbier and D. Mallickan, “The Ugly, The Bad, and The Good: Aging on Indian Reservations,” in N. Glasgow and H. E. Berry, editors, Aging in Rural America, Springer, in press, 2011.
- G. Rudzitis and K. Bird, “The Myth and Reality of Sustainable New Zealand,” Environment, forthcoming, November, 2011.
- G. Rudzitis, P. Overholtzer, A. Kral, K. Prime and T. Studley, Future Visions of a Sustainable Palouse, 2nd expanded edition, forthcoming, Moscow, Id: Sustainable Idaho.
- G. Rudzitis, “Mining and Development: Lessons from the United States,” Policy Quarterly, February 2011, pp. 20-26.
- G. Rudzitis, “Mineral Resources,” McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, 2011.
- G. Rudzitis, D. W. Marcouiller, and P. Lorah, “The Rural Rich and Their Housing: Spatially Addressing “The Haves,” in D. W. Marcouiller, M. Lapping and O. Fursuth, (editors), Rural Housing, Exurbanization, And Amenity-Driven Development: Contrasting The Haves And The Have Nots, Burlington, Vt: Ashgate, 2010.
- G. Rudzitis. “Mining a country’s national parks: wrong then, wrong now,” Dominican Post, April 4, 2010.
- G. Rudzitis, “If it can go boom, it can go bust,” Waikato Times, April 13, 2010.
- G.Rudzitis, Guest Editor of an English Issue of the journal Geographica Raksti, Folia Geographica, 2009, Vol. XIV.
- G. Rudzitis, “Amenity Development in the American West: Tonic or Slow Poison?” in L. Moss and R. Glorioso, editors, Amenity Development in Mountain Regions Worldwide, Banff, CA: The Banff Center, 2009.
Senior Scholar award from the Association of American Geographers and
the National Science Foundation, 2008.
- Academic Higher Education Advisory Board for Geography for
McGraw-Hill Publishing, 2007 to present.
- Fulbright Scholar Award to Latvia, U.S. Department of State, 2005.
- Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers: The Best Teachers in America
Selected By The Best Students, 2005, (have to be nominated by students
listed in National Deans List who can select one teacher “who made a
difference” in their education)
- President’s Advisory Committee for Liberal Arts and International
Studies, Colorado School of Mines and Engineering, 2004 to present,