Department of Geography and Planning

Research Activities: Neil Reid

Current Research

I am currently working on a number of project most of which deal, in some shape or form, with local economic development. These projects are in various stages of maturity – the northwest Ohio greenhouse project has been going on since 2004 while the geography of university spin-off companies began in 2012. All of my research projects involve other faculty or students. I am a big believer in collaborative research. It is more fun than working solo and it inevitably, in my opinion, results in more interesting questions being asked and answered.

The Northwest Ohio Greenhouse Industry

My work on this project began in 2004 and continues through the present day. As a multi-year project it has generated a large number of publications that cover a broad range of topics relating to the evolution and growth of an industrial cluster. My current focus within this broader project is two-fold (1) with Paula Ross of UT and Bruce W. Smith of Bowling Green State University we are examining the role of social networks in the development of the northwest Ohio greenhouse cluster, and (2) with Frank J. Calzonetti of UT, Jay D. Gatrell of Indiana State University, and Bruce W. Smith of Bowling Green State University we am looking at the development of the cluster within the theoretical framework of evolutionary economic geography.

The Geography of University Spin-off Companies

Using data from the Association of University Technology Managers and the National Science Foundation Frank J. Calzonetti (UT) and I are examining geographic patterns of university spin-off companies. This project is in its beginning stages. However, we hope to identify (both at the state and the institutional) level the determinants of successful university spin-off programs with a view to providing policy makers with data that can be used to improve existing programs and policies.

Shrinking Cities in Old Industrial Regions

Working with Sujata Shetty (UT) I am examining the phenomenon of shrinking cities from the perspective of identifying their place and role in what has been termed the new urban world. This is part of a larger project that is being led by Peter Nijkamp and Karima Kourtit of the Free University of Amsterdam. This larger project is focused on identifying the challenges and opportunities associated with urban change that is going to occur between today and 2050.

The Changing Geography of America’s Microbreweries and Brewpubs

This is a project in collaboration with Ralph B. McLaughlin of San Jose State University and my Ph.D. student Michael Moore. In this project we are examining the rise of microbreweries and brewpubs as an economic phenomenon. In particular we are interested in mapping and identifying the locational determinants of microbreweries and brewpubs at a number of geographic scales including the state and metropolitan area.

Collaboration Patterns in Regional Science

This is a collaborative project with Paula Ross of UT and Bruce W. Smith of Bowling Green State University. Using Social Network Analysis (SNA) software we are interested in identifying patterns of scholarly collaboration within the field of regional science from the mid-1950s through 2011. We are using co-authorship data from the field’s four major journals – Annals of Regional Science, International Regional Science Review, Journal of Regional Science, and Papers in Regional Science. 

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Sample Publications

Regional Science Policy and Practice     

2013, Shetty,Sujata and Neil Reid. Global Challenges and Local Responses: Creating a New Urban World in the Shrinking Cities of the U.S. Industrial Midwest. Regional Science Policy and Practice (forthcoming).


2012, Reid, Neil, Jay D. Gatrell, and Paula Ross (eds.). Local Food Systems in Old Industrial Regions: Spatial Context and Local Practices, Aldershot: Ashgate, 260pp. 

applied geography  2012, Calzonetti, Frank C., Diane Miller, and Neil Reid. : Building both Technology-Intensive and Technology-limited Clusters by Emerging Research Universities: The Toledo Example, Applied Geography, 34, 265-273. 
applied geography

2011, Gatrell, Jay D., Neil Reid, and Paula Ross. Local Food Systems, Deserts, and Maps: The Spatial Dynamics and Policy Implications of Food Geography, Applied Geography, 1-2.

applied research in economic development  

2010, Gatrell, Jay D., Rajiv Thakur, Neil Reid, and Bruce W. Smith. Clusters and “Listening”: Situating Local Economic Development. Journal of Applied Research in Economic Development, 7(1): 14-25.

Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences 

2009, Frizado, Joseph, Bruce W. Smith, Michael C. Carroll, and Neil Reid. Impact of Polygon Geometry on the Identification of Economic Clusters. Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences. 2, 31-44. 

        *For more publications, please check my CV.

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  Current Graduate Students

  James Marok   Social Contribution Networks: The Case of POSCO Steel Company
  Michael S. Moore   The Economic Geography of the U.S. Craft Beer Industry
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Last Updated: 6/27/22