Harrison Campbell

Faculty Affiliate - Associate Professor of Geography
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Dr. Campbell’s teaching and research activities revolve around the many facets of regional development, especially those that concern the dynamics of regional growth, development policy, and factors that impact the economic health of communities and regions. His recent research involves studies on the impact of segregation and spatial mismatch on metro area growth; suburbanization of producer service firms; the role of “unearned” income (transfer payments, interest, dividends, rent) on local employment growth; and the impact of professional sports teams and facilities on metro areas.


Economic Geography
Urban and Regional Development
Applied Regional Analysis
Sport and Urban Development
Impact Assessment & Program Evaluation
Geographic Thought




Li, Huiping, Harrison Campbell, and Steven Fernandez. "Residential segregation, spatial mismatch and economic growth across US metropolitan areas." Urban Studies (2013): 0042098013477697.

Residential segregation has an impact that moves beyond the urban core.  Racial and skill segregation is detrimental to the economic growth of all the people, both the poor and non-poor, in central cities and suburbs.  The results show that residential segregation have a negative impact on short and long term economic growth, this impact has increased over time.    

Campbell, Harrison S., and Darla K. Munroe. "Greenways and greenbacks: the impact of the Catawba Regional Trail on property values in Charlotte, North Carolina." southeastern geographer 47.1 (2007): 118-137.

The research shows that most of the impact to land values will be captured within 1,000 ft of the greenway, but the benefits are not completely exhausted until 5,000 ft from the greenway.  A median priced single family home will increase in value by $3,200 if it is within a mile of the greenway.  This increase will take about four years before the full premium is capitalized into the value of the land.