Dr. Hewings is responsible for the overall direction of REAL, coordination with funding agencies and clients and supervision of graduate students who work for REAL on the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois.
Dr. Hewings obtained his B.A. from the University of Birmingham (UK) and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington (Seattle). Prior to coming to Illinois in 1974, he was on the faculty of the University of Kent at Canterbury (UK) and the University of Toronto (Canada). In addition to his position in REAL, he is a Professor of Geography and Regional Science, of Economics, and of Urban and Regional Planning. He has served as a visiting professor at the University of Queensland (Australia), Bar Ilan University (Israel), Tianjin University (China), University of Indonesia and Kagawa University (Japan).
He has received Fulbright and Woodrow Wilson awards and, in 1995, the Regional Science Association International (for which he served as Executive Director from 1978-1996) recognized him with an award for Service to Regional Science as well as naming the Geoffrey J.D. Hewings Junior Scholar Award, annually awarded to exceptional scholars less than 10 years from completion of his/her Ph.D. In 1996, he was made a University Scholar by the University of Illinois. In 1998, a paper with Eduardo Haddad was named the Best Paper Award at the II Encontro Regional de Economia, Banco do Nordeste, Fortaleza, Brazil; he received the 2003 John Dickinson Memorial Award (Best Paper Award) for a paper written with Miguel Márquez and Julián Ramajo in the Australasian Journal of Regional Studies. In 2003, he received the Walter Isard Award for distinguished scholarly achievements in the field of Regional Science and the same year was made a Fellow of the Regional Science Association International. Also in 2003, he was awarded Docteur Honoris Causa by the University of Bourgogne, France. The Associaçäo Brasileira de Estudos Regionais honored him with an Award for Service to Regional Science in 2004.
major research interests lie in the field of urban and regional economic
analysis with a focus on the design, implementation and application of
regional economic models. He has devoted considerable time to the way
in which these models might become useful in policy formation and evaluation.
In addition to the continuing development of regional econometric-input-output
models for a number of US states and metropolitan areas, Hewings is working
on several modeling projects in Brazil , Colombia , Japan , Korea and
Indonesia . Recent work in the Midwest, Brazil and Korea has focused
on linking regional macro models with transportation network models to
explore impacts of unexpected events (earthquakes), expansion of transportation
infrastructure and the impacts of port efficiency. At the metropolitan
scale, attention has been directed to the estimation of intra-metropolitan
flows of goods, people, income and consumption expenditures within the
Chicago region to measure the changing degree of interdependence. Theoretical
work remains directed to issues of economic structure and structural
change interpreted through input-output, social accounting and general
equilibrium models. The issues of aging, immigration and general demographic
challenges to development have been explored in a series of Discussion