Department of Geography and Planning

Neil Reid

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Graduate Coordinator

Office SM 3024
Phone 419.530.3593
Fax 419.530.3548

Curriculum Vitae (CV)


Ph.D. Arizona State University, 1991 – Geography
M.A. Miami University, 1987 – Geography
M.A. University of Glasgow, 1985 – Geography 


Neil Reid, Ph.D. is a professor of geography in the Department of Geography and Planning at The University of Toledo. He is a regional scientist and industrial geographer, whose research interests focus on the spatial dynamics of local economic development.

Dr. Reid previously served as executive director of the North American Regional Science Council (2013-2021) and as chair of the International Geographical Union’s Commission on the Dynamics of Economic Spaces (2010-2014). He currently serves as associate editor for two scholarly Journals – Applied Geography and Regional Science Policy & Practice, and as book review editor for both Economic Development Quarterly and Regional Science Policy & Practice. During the summers of 2011 and 2012, he held an appointment as a visiting professor in the European faculty of engineering at Czestochowa University of Technology in Poland.

Dr. Reid has received a number of awards for his research and professional service activities. From the University of Toledo, he received the President’s Award for Excellence in Creative and Scholarly Activity (2021), the Edith Rathbun Award for Excellence in Outreach and Engagement (2010), and the Outstanding Researcher Award (2008-09). In 2016, he received the prestigious Boyce Award for Distinguished Service to Regional Science from the North American Regional Science Council and in 2009 the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of American Geographers Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group.


Much of Dr. Reid’s research focuses on some aspect of local economic development. For example, some of his past work, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, involved working with the Northwest Ohio greenhouse industry. In particular, he helped the industry understand the benefits of cluster-based economic development and worked with them to establish the Maumee Valley Growers, a trade group focused on identifying areas where local greenhouses could collaborate to solve common industry-wide challenges.

More recently, much of Professor Reid’s work has focused on understanding the spatial dynamics of America’s burgeoning craft brewing industry, particularly their contribution to local neighborhood development. As a recognized expert on the craft brewing industry, Professor Reid has contributed opinion pieces to the Wall Street JournalNational Public, and The Brewer Magazine. Professor Reid’s work has been on this topic appears in a wide range of scholarly journals including Economic Development QuarterlyPapers in Regional Science, and The Professional Geographer. He writes a blog on the beer industry,



  • GEPL 1010 People, Places, and Society
  • GEPL 3650 Economic Geography


Last Updated: 7/17/23