International Professor, Emeritus, Department of Global Development
David L. Brown is International Professor of Development Sociology, Emeritus at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Although retired, Professor Brown maintains an active research focused on migration and population redistribution in the US and Europe with a particular focus on how migration and population change affect and are affected by local community organization. His work also examines population ageing, the social organization of the urban-rural interface, the production and reproduction of social and economic inequalities between regions and rural vs. urban areas, and policies to ameliorate such inequalities. His current research is funded by the USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (NIFA).
Areas of Expertise
Rural demography, political economy of rural and regional development, spatial inequality, social organization of the rural-urban interface
Recent Refereed Articles
2021f Lichter, Dan, David L. Brown and Mimmo Parisi, “The Rural-Urban Interface: Rural and Small Town Growth at the Metropolitan Fringe.” Population, Space and Place.
2020 Vera-Toscano, E., M. Shucksmith, D.L. Brown, “Poverty Dynamics in Rural Britain 1991–2008: Did Labour's Social Policy Reforms Make a Difference?” Journal of Rural Studies. 75: 216-228.
2019 Brown, D.L., N. Glasgow, L. Kulcsar, S. Sanders and B. Thiede. “The Multi-scalar Organization of Aging-Related Services in US Rural Places.” Journal of Rural Studies. 68: 219-229.
2017 Monnat, S. and D.L. Brown. “More Than A Rural Revolt: Landscapes of Despair and the 2016 Presidential Election.” Journal of Rural Studies. 55: 227-236.
2017 Brown, D.L. and M. Shucksmith. “Reconsidering Territorial Governance to Account for Enhanced Rural-Urban Interdependence in America.” Annals of the American Academy of Social and Political Sciences. 672: 282-301.
2017 Thiede, B., D.L. Brown, S. Sanders, N. Glasgow and L.J. Kulcsar. "A Demographic Deficit? Local Population Aging and Access to Services in Rural America, 1990-2010." Rural Sociology. 83:44-74.
2015 Brown, D.L., T. Champion, M. Coombes, and C. Wymer. “The Migration-Commuting Nexus: Migration and Commuting in Rural England, 2002-2006: A Longitudinal Analysis.” Journal of Rural Studies. 31:118-128.
2015 Rebhun, U. and D.L. Brown. “Patterns and Selectivities of Urban/Rural Migration in Israel.” Demographic Research. 33:113-144.
2019. Rural Communities in the 21st Century: Resilience and Transformation: Second Edition (Polity) (with Kai Schafft)
2016. The International Handbook of Rural Studies (Routledge) (co-edited with Mark Shucksmith)
2012. Rural Transformations and Rural Policies in the UK and US (Routledge) (co-edited with Shucksmith, Shortall and others)
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The growth and change of communities captured my interest from a very early age. For most of my youth, I envisioned a career in urban planning. So, it may seem ironic that my career path has been comprised of research, teaching and outreach...