James J Biles

James Biles is the Director of In Situ and a core faculty member in the International Studies Program at City College/CUNY and the Ph.D. Program in Earth & Environmental Sciences at the CUNY Graduate Center. He focuses on the confluence of global economic processes, development policy and local livelihoods. In light of the deep-seated changes in the role of government and the prevailing ideology of development, his work relies heavily on fieldwork, including large-scale household surveys, and attempts to incorporate the experiences of those excluded from prevailing models of development while highlighting agency – the place-specific practices and strategies that people employ for the purposes of improving livelihoods.

Biles earned his undergraduate degree in Urban and Environmental Studies at Ohio University (1995) and his Ph.D. in Economic Geography at Michigan State University (2001). He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and served as a consultant for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the State of Yucatán (Mexico). He is currently a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP), the American Geographical Society (AGS), and the Conference of Latin American Geography (CLAG).

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