Austin's Growth and Economic Development


Austin is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country and a hub for technological innovation. University of Texas at Austin experts are available to discuss this unprecendented growth across a wide variety of industries, from healthcare, technology and business to arts and entertainment.

If you are seeking expertise on other subjects, please call University Media Relations at 512-471-3151 or consult our general Media Experts Guide.



General Growth and Development Trends


Kasey M Faust

Kasey M Faust

Assistant Professor , Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering , Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 475 8059, faustk@utexas.edu

Kasey Faust studies the management of critical, civil infrastructure systems, interdependencies, and vulnerabilities in various categories of cities at the interface of engineering and policy.

Media Contact: Johnny Holden, john.holden@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

James K Galbraith

James K Galbraith

Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
+1 512 471 1244, galbraith@mail.utexas.edu

James Galbraith holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr. Chair in Government/ Business Relations, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, where he teaches economics and a variety of other subjects, and a professorship in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. His expertise includes macroeconomic policy; monetary policy, economic development policies; comparative economic policy; economic inequality.

Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

Jay Hartzell

Jay Hartzell

President , The University of Texas at Austin
, president@utexas.edu

Jay Hartzell is the President of The University of Texas at Austin. He holds the Trammell Crow Regents Professorship in Business. Prior to serving as President, Hartzell served as the 12th dean of the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin, one of the largest and most distinguished business schools in the country. His research focuses on real estate finance, corporate finance and corporate governance. His articles have been published in leading journals in the field, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Real Estate Economics and The Review of Financial Studies.

Nathan M Jensen

Nathan M Jensen

Professor , Department of Government , College of Liberal Arts
, natemjensen@austin.utexas.edu

Nathan Jensen (2002, Yale Ph.D.) is a Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches courses and conducts research on government economic development strategies, state and local economic development, firm non-market strategies and business-government relations,  the politics of oil and natural resources, political risk in emerging markets, trade policy, and international institutions.

Media Contact: David Oppenheimer, oppenheimer@utexas.edu, 512-475-9712

Steven W Pedigo

Steven W Pedigo

Director (0382) , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
, pedigo@utexas.edu

Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

Heather K Way

Heather K Way

Clinical Professor , School of Law
+1 512 232 1210, hway@law.utexas.edu

Heather K. Way directs the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic, which delivers transactional legal assistance to small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and community groups in Texas. Way has more than 20 years of experience working on the creation of equitable and inclusive communities, with a focus on affordable housing, gentrification and displacement, problem properties (including code enforcement), land title issues, informal housing, seller financing, and housing preservation.

Media Contact: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

Jake Wegmann

Jake Wegmann

Associate Professor , School of Architecture
+1 512 471 0169, jagw@utexas.edu

Jake Wegmann's research lies at the nexus of housing, real estate development, and planning. He has published research on the racialized restructuring of metropolitan space, microhousing infill, and the measurement of affordable rental housing cost efficiency in Urban Geography, Journal of Urbanism, and Housing Policy Debate

Media Contact: Kelsey Stine, kelsey.stine@austin.utexas.edu,

Robert H Wilson

Robert H Wilson

Professor; Mike Hogg Professor in Urban Policy , Department of Geography and the Environment , College of Liberal Arts
, rwilson@utexas.edu

Robert H. Wilson is Mike Hogg Professor of Urban Policy in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches in areas of local and state economic development policy, urban policy in developing countries, and econometrics. His research activities are in the areas of local and state development strategies, community participation in state and local policymaking, telecommunications and development, and public policy in Brazil.

Media Contact: David Oppenheimer, oppenheimer@utexas.edu, 512-475-9712

Technology


Kenneth  Flamm

Kenneth Flamm

Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
+1 512 471 8952, kflamm@mail.utexas.edu

Kenneth Flamm, an expert on the economics of trade and investment in high technology industries, has published extensively on the economics of the semiconductor, computer, and telecommunications industries. He has worked closely with the semiconductor industry's SEMATECH research consortium in building economic models describing the impact of technological innovation on industrial competition in that industry.

Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

Robert E Hebner

Robert E Hebner

Director, Center for Electromechanics , Center for Electromechanics
+1 512 232 1628, r.hebner@cem.utexas.edu

Robert Hebner is the Director of the Center for Electromechanics at The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the University, he had been the acting Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He has served on government review teams to assess the management of technical programs in other organizations.

Andrew B Whinston

Andrew B Whinston

Professor , Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management , Red McCombs School of Business
+1 512 471 7962, +1 512 471 8879, abw@uts.cc.utexas.edu

Andrew B. Whinston is the Hugh Roy Cullen Centennial Chair in Business Administration, Professor of Information Systems, Computer Science and Economics, John Newton Centennial IC2 Fellow, and Director of the Center for Research in Electronic Commerce at The University of Texas at Austin. Resource allocation issues; bundle markets in electronic commerce; digital economy; electronic commerce; electronic financial markets; network management, business.

Media Contact: Catenya McHenry, catenya.mchenry@mccombs.utexas.edu, 512-471-5218

Real Estate and Housing


Heather K Way

Heather K Way

Clinical Professor , School of Law
+1 512 232 1210, hway@law.utexas.edu

Heather K. Way directs the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic, which delivers transactional legal assistance to small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and community groups in Texas. Way has more than 20 years of experience working on the creation of equitable and inclusive communities, with a focus on affordable housing, gentrification and displacement, problem properties (including code enforcement), land title issues, informal housing, seller financing, and housing preservation.

Media Contact: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

Jake Wegmann

Jake Wegmann

Associate Professor , School of Architecture
+1 512 471 0169, jagw@utexas.edu

Jake Wegmann's research lies at the nexus of housing, real estate development, and planning. He has published research on the racialized restructuring of metropolitan space, microhousing infill, and the measurement of affordable rental housing cost efficiency in Urban Geography, Journal of Urbanism, and Housing Policy Debate

Media Contact: Kelsey Stine, kelsey.stine@austin.utexas.edu,

Business


Jay Hartzell

Jay Hartzell

President , The University of Texas at Austin
, president@utexas.edu

Jay Hartzell is the President of The University of Texas at Austin. He holds the Trammell Crow Regents Professorship in Business. Prior to serving as President, Hartzell served as the 12th dean of the McCombs School of Business at UT Austin, one of the largest and most distinguished business schools in the country. His research focuses on real estate finance, corporate finance and corporate governance. His articles have been published in leading journals in the field, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Real Estate Economics and The Review of Financial Studies.

Nathan M Jensen

Nathan M Jensen

Professor , Department of Government , College of Liberal Arts
, natemjensen@austin.utexas.edu

Nathan Jensen (2002, Yale Ph.D.) is a Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches courses and conducts research on government economic development strategies, state and local economic development, firm non-market strategies and business-government relations,  the politics of oil and natural resources, political risk in emerging markets, trade policy, and international institutions.

Media Contact: David Oppenheimer, oppenheimer@utexas.edu, 512-475-9712

Andrew B Whinston

Andrew B Whinston

Professor , Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management , Red McCombs School of Business
+1 512 471 7962, +1 512 471 8879, abw@uts.cc.utexas.edu

Andrew B. Whinston is the Hugh Roy Cullen Centennial Chair in Business Administration, Professor of Information Systems, Computer Science and Economics, John Newton Centennial IC2 Fellow, and Director of the Center for Research in Electronic Commerce at The University of Texas at Austin. Resource allocation issues; bundle markets in electronic commerce; digital economy; electronic commerce; electronic financial markets; network management, business.

Media Contact: Catenya McHenry, catenya.mchenry@mccombs.utexas.edu, 512-471-5218

Healthcare


Marika  Cabral

Marika Cabral

Associate Professor , Department of Economics , College of Liberal Arts
, marika.cabral@utexas.edu

Marika Cabral is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Professor Cabrals research covers a range of topics in health economics, public finance, and industrial organization. Much of her research focuses on understanding the role of market failures, the impacts of incentive design, and and the consequences of government intervention in health-related insurance markets.

Media Contact: David Oppenheimer, oppenheimer@utexas.edu, 512-475-9712

Economic Policymaking


James K Galbraith

James K Galbraith

Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
+1 512 471 1244, galbraith@mail.utexas.edu

James Galbraith holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr. Chair in Government/ Business Relations, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, where he teaches economics and a variety of other subjects, and a professorship in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. His expertise includes macroeconomic policy; monetary policy, economic development policies; comparative economic policy; economic inequality.

Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

Nathan M Jensen

Nathan M Jensen

Professor , Department of Government , College of Liberal Arts
, natemjensen@austin.utexas.edu

Nathan Jensen (2002, Yale Ph.D.) is a Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches courses and conducts research on government economic development strategies, state and local economic development, firm non-market strategies and business-government relations,  the politics of oil and natural resources, political risk in emerging markets, trade policy, and international institutions.

Media Contact: David Oppenheimer, oppenheimer@utexas.edu, 512-475-9712

Robert H Wilson

Robert H Wilson

Professor; Mike Hogg Professor in Urban Policy , Department of Geography and the Environment , College of Liberal Arts
, rwilson@utexas.edu

Robert H. Wilson is Mike Hogg Professor of Urban Policy in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches in areas of local and state economic development policy, urban policy in developing countries, and econometrics. His research activities are in the areas of local and state development strategies, community participation in state and local policymaking, telecommunications and development, and public policy in Brazil.

Media Contact: David Oppenheimer, oppenheimer@utexas.edu, 512-475-9712

Arts and Entertainment


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