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Department of Geography
phone: (208) 885-6216
McClure Hall 203
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3021
Moscow, ID 83844-3021

Geography professor Gundars Rudzitis

Gundars Rudzitis, Ph.D., Emeritus

Email: gundars@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: c/o Department of Geography
875 Perimeter Dr, MS 3021
Moscow, Idaho 83844-3021

Department of Geography
Professor Emeritus

Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 1984

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Environmental and Resource Policy
    • Amenity migration and quality-of-life models
    • Alternative development and place-based theories
    • Indigenous geography
    • American West
    • Baltic region
  • Biography

    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.

  • Selected Publications
    • 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.

  • Awards and Honors
    • 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,