Williams Economics Professor receives regional Science AwardRoger Bolton, the William Brough Professor of Economics, Emeritus, at Williams College has received the David Boyce Award for "service to the field of regional science." The David Boyce Award is given by the Council of the North American Regional Science Association (NARSC) to acknowledge the activity of a prominent figure in regional science and reward outstanding service contributions made to a regional science organization.
The award recognizes Bolton's work as a book review editor of the Journal of Regional Science. Through his editorship, he promoted the multidisciplinary field of research by economists, geographers, historians, planners, and transportation analysts. Bolton is known for having turned part of the Journal of Regional Science into "the most stimulating review section in all the urban and regional journals world." He transformed review writing into an art, "reflecting his own intellectual curiosity, his broad knowledge, and his love for places and all matters urban and regional." The journal now publishes 60 or more reviews a year.
Besides the Journal of Regional Science, Bolton has served on the editorial boards of the Canadian Journal of Regional Science, Growth and Change, and Annals of Regional Science. He was co-editor of the International Regional Science Review for five years, where he introduced special issues on the regional dimensions of Chinese economic reforms and on regional input-output analysis. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles, and the author or co-author of four books, including "Defense Purchases and Regional Growth." In 2002, he was a member of the National Research Council Committee that authored the book "Community and Quality of Life."
Bolton joined the Williams faculty in 1966. His fields of interest include regional and urban economics, geography, history of economic thought, and the philosophy of Jurgen Habermas. His research focused on defense purchases and regional growth, as well as regional policy, with a concern for economic interpretations of place, and Arthur Latham Perry, a 19th -century Williams College economist.
During his tenure at Williams, he was chair of the economics department, chair of the Committee on Environmental Studies, and first director of the Francis Oakley Center for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Williams College recently appointed him to coordinate its Self Study for College Accreditation.
Bolton received his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College and his doctorate from Harvard University. Bolton has served the community on the Williamstown Planning Board, Rural Lands Foundation, Hoosic River Watershed Association, and the Berkshire County Regional Planning Commission, from which he received its award for outstanding contribution to planning in 1988.
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