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Eric Heikkila
Director of International Initiatives, 
Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California
Global MPP Course: Policy Challenges in International Development
Phone: +1 (213) 821-1037
Expertise: Urban development, economic development, East Asian cities, urban economics, urban information systems.
Eric Heikkila is Professor and Director of International Initiatives at the USC Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California (USC). His research work is both quantitative and qualitative in nature, and his scholarly writings address a wide range of topics on urban development and public policy. His books include The Economics of Planning (CUPR Press, 2000) and China from a U.S. Policy Perspective (forthcoming). He has applied economic & spatial analysis, fuzzy sets, agent based modeling and a variety of statistical techniques to study urban structure. Other aspects of his work include a more qualitative, policy oriented approach to urban development issues, especially in the context of the Asia Pacific region. He has spent sabbatical leaves as a visiting scholar on separate occasions at National Taiwan University (Department of Geography), Peking University (Department of Urban and Environmental Sciences), and Chinese University of Hong Kong (Department of Geography and Resource Management).


  • Heikkila, E. J., & Huang, M. N., Adaptation to Flooding in Urban Areas: An Economic Primer; Public Works Management & Policy, 19(1), 11-36; 2014.
  • Heikkila, E. J., & Lin, M. C. Y. , An integrated model of formal and informal housing sectors; Annals of Regional Science, 52(1). Published online in 2013; 2014.
  • Heikkila, E. J., & Xu, Y., Seven Prototypical Chinese Cities; Urban Studies, 51(4), 827-847. Published online in 2013; 2014.
  • Heikkila, E. J., An Information Perspective on Path Dependence; Journal of Institutional Economics, 7(1), 23-45; 2011.
  • Heikkila, E. J., Environmentalism with Chinese Characteristics?: Urban River Revitalization in Foshan; Planning Theory & Practice, 12(1); 2011.
  • Heikkila, E. J., Beijing: Lost in Translation?; Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, 28(1) SPRING; 2011.
  • Heikkila, E. J., & Wang, Y., Exploring the Dual Dichotomy within Urban Geo-graphy: An Application of Fuzzy Urban Sets; Urban Geography, 31(3), 406-421; 2010.
  • Rabé, P., & Heikkila, E. J., Urban Planning and Development Responses to Climate Change: Adaptation and Mitigation; PRCUD Ho Chi Minh City Report, Pacific Rim Council on Urban Development, Los AngelesEric J. Heikkila, Executive Editor; 2010.
  • Heikkila, E. J., & Peycam, P., Economic Development in the Shadow of Angkor Wat: Meaning, Legitimation, and Myth; Journal of Planning Education and Research, 29(3), 294-309; 2010, Spring.
  • Heikkila, E.J., with Hu, L., Adjusting Spatial Entropy Measures for Scale and Resolutions Effects; Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, 33(6), 845-862; 2006.
  • Heikkila, E. J., & Coherd, R., Orange County, Java: Hybridity, Social Dualism, and an Imagined West; in E. Heikkila, and R. Pizarro (Eds.) Southern California and the World, Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers; 2002.
  • Heikkila, E. J., Economics of Planning; Center for Urban Policy Research, Rutgers University: CUPR Press; 2000.
  • Heikkila, E. J., The Fuzzy Logic of Accessibility; in D. Janelle and D. Hodge (Eds.) Information, Places, and Cyberspace Issues in Accessibility.Springer-Verlag, 91-106; 2000.
  • Heikkila, E. J., with Mera, K., Housing as a Tool for Reviving the Crisis-hit Economies in Southeast Asia; in K. Mera and B. Renaud (Eds.)Asia's Financial Crisis and the Role of Real Estate. M.E. Sharpe, 243-254; 2000.
  • Heikkila, E.J., From HDI to hdi; Regional Development Studies, UNCRD, 5, 41-62; 1999.
  • Heikkila, E. J. with Mera, K., Housing as a Means of Sustainable Economic Recovery in Southeast Asia; Review of Urban and Regional Development Studies, 11(2), 82-90; 1999.
  • Heikkila, E. J., with Wirtz, P., Sustainable Development in China: Reconciling Modernity with Tradition; in l. Noble, F. Costa, A. Dutt and R. Ken (Eds.) Regional Development and Planning in an Era of change, Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing; 1998.
  • Heikkila, E. J., GIS is Dead; Long Live GIS!; Journal of the American Planning Association, 64(3), 350-360; 1998.