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Ghadimi, Hodjat

Associate Professor of Design & Landscape Architecture

Hodjat Ghadimi is Associate Professor in School of Design and Community Development at the Davis College of West Virginia University. Professor Ghadimi is also a Faculty Research Associate in the Regional Research Institute. He received his Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning focusing on international development planning from the Ohio State University (Ph.D. 1993, MCRP 1987, Ohio State University, and BS 1979, Architecture, Lawrence Technological University). Professor Ghadimi’s fields of interests are in development planning, energy-built environment-economy interaction modeling, economic development in energy-rich regions, and creativity and innovation in urban and regional economies.  Among his current areas of research are development patterns of energy-rich regions around the world, the transition of exhaustible resource-based economies to a diversified and creative economy, and ecological community and urban design and development.  He also has acquired significant expertise in computable general equilibrium (CGE) modeling, and he is interested in the interface between the rigor of the social sciences and the creativity of design. Dr. Ghadimi’s recently completed research include PI on a NSF funded project titled “ The Technology, Energy, Economy, and Environment (TEEE) Chain: Integrated Modeling for Technology Transition in Energy-Rich Regions” and co-PI on a USDA-funded project titled "Economic and Environmental Impacts of Woody Biomass Utilization in the Central Appalachian Region."

Select Publications

Ghadimi, Hodjat. 2016. Sustainable Economic Development Planning in Energy Rich Regions. The Journal of Energy and Development. Volume 41, joint issue number 1 and number 2.

Ghadimi, Hodjat., Trevor Harris, and Timothy Warner. 2015. A Geospatial Approach to Measuring Regional and Sub-Regional Inclusive Wealth: The case of resource rich West Virginia, USA. Regional Science, Policy and Practice. Volume 7, Number 4, pp. 199-224. doi:10.1111/rsp3.12067

Ghadimi, Hodjat. CGE Models of Optimal Energy Depletion. 2016. In Volume Three: Global Economic and Computable General Equilibrium Models of Society, Environment and Resources. Series Editor Ariel Dinar, Volume Editor, Tony Bryant. pp. 333-349. doi: 10.1142/9789813208179_0011. Web:

Ghadimi, Hodjat. 2015. Energy Rich Regions in the United States and China: Sustainability and Global Implications. The Global Studies Journal. Vol 9, Issue 1, pp. 35-42. Available as a PDF download at doi: 10.18848/1835-4432/CGP/v09i01/40946

Ghadimi, Hodjat, Trevor Harris, and Timothy Warner. 2014. Measuring the wealth of regions: Geospatial approaches to empirical capital estimation. A book chapter in Rural Wealth Creation. Pender JL, Weber BA Johnson TG, and M Fannin (eds). Routledge. 2014.

Ghadimi, Hodjat. 2012. Global Impact of Energy Use in Major Oil Economies: A Modeling Framework. The Journal of Energy and Development, Vol 36, Issue numbers 1 and 2, pp 85-97.

Ghadimi, Hodjat. 2012. Economic Development Planning in Oil Economies: A Dynamic Computable General Equilibrium Analysis.  AV Akademikerverlag ISBN-10: 3639452135, ISBN-13: 978-3639452136.  Initially published in 2007 by VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller e.K. ISBN: 978-3836434553. 300 pages.
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