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Affiliate Faculty share an interest and enthusiasm for the Center's mission, conduct tourism research activities in conjunction with the Center, serve as thesis advisors and members, and mentor students working on sustainable tourism related research.
Public Policy and Economic Development
Olga V. Smirnova
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
My research interests focus on the public policy dimensions of urban and regional economic development with the concentration on transportation systems. The transportation infrastructure is especially important for the development at the local level, including the progress of tourism industry. My studies have evolved around the concept that boundaries which we draw through institutions matter for the actual outcomes that we receive in the transportation infrastructure or other venues.
My interests lie in the area of evaluating transportation systems and their efficiency. I have worked on several program evaluation efforts. My focus is on the combination of geographically-integrated quantitative and qualitative methods. Also, I have experience conducting cost-benefit analyses for transit projects.