Chris Benner, Ph.D.

Organization: 
University of California, Santa Cruz
Position: 
Professor
Department: 
Environmental Studies
"The message is simple: knowledge is power, and those places that have a more diverse knowledge base will be more equitable and will more likely grow faster in the coming years, and that's the power of just growth."

Chris Benner is a Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Executive Director of the Everett Program.  His research focuses on the relationships between technological change, regional development, and structures of economic opportunity, focusing on regional labor markets and the transformation of work and employment patterns.  Dr. Benner’s recent book, co-authored with Manuel Pastor, is Just Growth:  Inclusion and Prosperity in America’s Metropolitan Regions, which helps uncover the processes, policies and institutional arrangements that help explain how certain regions around the country have been able to consistently link prosperity and inclusion. Benner’s work has also included providing research assistance to a range of organizations promoting equity and expanded opportunity, including the Coalition on Regional Equity (Sacramento), Working Partnerships USA (San Jose), the California Labor Federation, and the Congress of South African Trade Unions among others.  He received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

Social implications of information technology, urban labor markets and restructuring of work, regional development and social equity, social movements and innovative community/labor organizing.

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