Dr. Owen Furuseth
Associate Provost for Metropolitan Studies and Extended Academic Programs, and Professor of Geography University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Economic Opportunity, A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Perspective
Dr. Owen J. Furuseth is the Associate Provost for Metropolitan Studies and Extended Academic Programs, and Professor of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He earned his BA and MA in geography and urban planning from East Carolina University and a PhD in geography at Oregon State University.
Owen joined the faculty at UNC Charlotte in 1977. Previously he was employed as an urban planner in Jacksonville, Florida. Throughout his professional career he has had an active program of engaged scholarship, working with local governments, non-profits, and community groups to design and develop community planning tools and policy guides. Beginning in 1997, Owen has served as the principle research director for UNC Charlotte’s partnership with the City of Charlotte developing the biennial Neighborhood Quality of Life report. In 2012, Mecklenburg County and the six towns in the county joined in a new countywide Quality of Life process.
Owen and his colleagues at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute are working with the Foundation for the Carolinas, the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, and Federal Reserve Brank Charlotte Branch to provide research services to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force.
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