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Margaret Cowell

Associate Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP)
Margaret Cowell
900 N Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22203
  • Office: 6-018
  • Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, Cornell University, 2010
  • M.S., Urban Studies & Planning, SUNY Buffalo, 2004
  • B.S., Urban Studies, Brown University, 2002
  • Economic Development
  • Community Development
  • Community Resilience
  • UAP 5014: Gateway to Planning
  • UAP 5234: Urban Economy, Equity, and Society
  • UAP 5774: Economic Development Studio


  • Dealing with Deindustrialization: Adaptive Resilience in American Midwestern Regions (Routledge, 2014) 


  • “The Rural Identity and the Encroaching City: Governance and Development in Northern Virginia’s Wine Country (with A. Eckerd and H. Smart), Growth and Change: A Journal of Urban and Regional Policy (forthcoming).
  • “Barriers and Drivers to Accessing and Using Workforce and Technical Assistance Resources for Small and Medium Manufacturers (SMMs) in Non-urban Regions,” (with S. Tate, S. Lyon-Hill, and A. Alwang), Economic Development Quarterly (2019).
  • “It takes all kinds: Understanding diverse entrepreneurial ecosystems,” (with S. Lyon-Hill and S. Tate), Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy (2018).
  • “Homogenized diversity: Economic visions in the Great Recession,” (with J. Gainsborough and K. Lowe) Journal of Urban Affairs (2015).
  • “Bounce Back or Move On: Regional Resilience and Economic Development Planning.” Cities.
  • NRT: Disaster Resilience and Risk Management (DRRM) - Creating quantitative decision making frameworks for multi-dimensional and multi-scale analysis of hazard impact
    PI: Robert Weiss Co-PIs: Margaret Cowell, Jennifer Irish, Marie Paretti, Yang Zhang, Christopher Zobel
    Sponsor: National Science Foundation
    Amount: $3M
  • VT Collaboratory in the National Capital Region (‘Collaboratory’) – A Social Science and Design Research and Engagement Agenda for HQ2 and VT’s Innovation Campus
    PI: Margaret Cowell and Elizabeth Morton
    Sponsor: Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment
    Amount: $100,000 over three years
  • Policy+ Fellowship - Vibrant Virginia: Advancing Community and Economic Development across Urban and Rural Virginia
    Sponsor: Policy Strategic Growth Area
    PI: Margaret Cowell
    Amount: $11,000
  • Economic Development
  • Community Development
  • Community Resilience