Biography

Stephan Goetz is the Director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development and Professor of Agricultural and Regional Economics at the Pennsylvania State University. He holds Ph.D. and M.Sc. degrees in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University, and an undergraduate degree in Agriculture/Agricultural Economics from the University of Guelph in Canada. Before coming to Penn State in 1999, he served on the faculty at the University of Kentucky for nine years with research and teaching responsibilities in economic development. As Director of the Northeast Center, Dr. Goetz provides leadership for rural and community development research and extension activities across 13 states. This responsibility includes linking state activities to regional and national initiatives. His research focuses on the determinants and effects of economic growth and development, with current applications of network science principles to economic growth, resilience and innovation. Dr. Goetz has published or presented over 200 professional papers and he is the senior co-editor of four books, including Targeting Regional Economic Development (Routledge, 2009). He is the principal investigator on external grants valued at over $15 million. Among other service roles, he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania (a legislative agency of the PA General Assembly) and the Council of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE).

Research Interests

Food Systems Economics; Economic Growth and Development; Regional Economics and Policy

Education

  • Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University, 1990
  • M.S., Agricultural Economics, Michigan State University, 1986
  • B.S., Agriculture/Agricultural Economics, University of Guelph, 1984