Image - The value of unplugging i the age of distractionProfessor, author and renowned public speaker, John Rennie Short is an expert on urban issues, environmental concerns, globalization, political geography and the history of cartography. He has studied cities around the world, and lectured around the world to a variety of audiences.

John Rennie Short is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland (UMBC).

Before coming to UMBC in 2002, he was a Professor in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. From 1978 to 1990 he was Lecturer in the University to Reading UK. He has held visiting appointments as Senior Research Fellow at the Australian NationalClick for link - John Rennie Short featured in this article University, as the Erasmus Professor at Groningen University and as the Leverhulme Professor at Loughborough University. Among his research fellowships are the Vietor Fellowship at Yale University, the Dibner Fellowship at the Smithsonian, the Kono Fellowship at the Huntington Library and the Andrew Mellon Fellowship at the American Philosophical Library.

He has received research awards from the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, National Geographic Society and the Social Science Research Council. Dr. Short's main research interests are in urban issues, environmental concerns and cartographic representation. He is the author of over 30 books, 20 invited chapters to edited books and over 40 papers in such journals as Area, City, Environment and Planning, Geoforum, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Journal of American Planning Association and Urban Studies.

Handbook on Wealth and the Super-RichDr. Short's first release in 2016 is a unique contribution to "The Handbook on Wealth and the Super-Rich," a detailed examination of both the lives and lifestyles of the super-rich, as well as the processes that underpin super-wealth generation and its unequal distribution.

Short's section title, "Attracting wealth: crafting immigration policy to attract the rich," the editors introduce its chapters as a discussion of "the economic supremacy of the super-rich in contemporary capitalism and globalization. A vital narrative that runs through these chapters is the super-rich's ability to exert power and influence over the rest of society, whether economic, political or cultural. (Professor) Short illustrates clearly how the super-rich find it very easy, unlike the rest of us, to adhere to different nation-state immigration policies because of their ease i meeting different country entry requirements based on wealth, income and assets."

blog posting: "The Transition to a Sustainable Economy by 2030." Government and business have a common interDecember 30, 2015, "Considered Ranting," blog posting: "The Transition to a Sustainable Economy by 2030." Government and business have a common interest in keeping the planet from overheating. How can they combine to foster this mutual concern?

Professor Short's book,Urban Theory: A Critical Assessment, was released in November 2014.

Urban Theory - book jacketTwo reviews describe the first edition as:
• "A remarkable intellectual tour-de-force: incisive, comprehensive, wide-ranging, compelling." - Professor Sir Peter Hall, Bartlett Professor of Planning and Regeneration, University College London, UK
• "A great read: almost as gripping as a good novel. A must-have book for scholars and an ideal text to get students thinking and capture their interest." - Saskia Sassen, University of Chicago, USA and author of Territory, Authority, Rights)

Human Geography - A Short IntroductionHis prior book is Human Geography: A Short Introduction (2014). Other recent titles include Stress Testing The USA (2013), Cities and Nature (2013, 2nd ed), Korea: A Cartographic History (2012), Globalization, Modernity and The City (2011), Cities and Suburbs (2010), Sage Companion To The City (2008), Cities and Economies (2008), Liquid City (2007), Alabaster Cities (2006), Urban Theory (2006), Imagined Country (2005), Global Metropolitan (2004), Making Space (2004), Globalization and The Margins (2003), Global Dimensions (2001), Representing The Republic (2001) and Globalization and The City (1999).

The World of Maps - Book jacket His The World Through Maps was recognized by Discover Magazine as one of the outstanding science books of 2003.

His work has been translated in to Czech, Korean and Chinese and cited over 3,600 times in articles in over 450 different research journals. He has delivered lectures to universities around the world and given presentations to a range of audiences outside of the academy.

He is a founding co-editor of the journal Society and Space, founding editor of the book series Space, Place and Society published by Syracuse University Press, founding co-editor of the Critical Introduction to Urbanism book series published by Routledge and consultant to the 12 volume World and Its Peoples.

He received his M.A. from the University of Aberdeen, UK in 1973 and his Ph.D. from the University of Bristol, UK in 1977. He was born in Stirling, Scotland.

Globalization and its discontents: Why there’s a backlash and how it needs to change

Election analysis 2016

The Conversation - the legitimation crisis in the US - -Why have Americans lost trust in government

Elections normally decide who is to govern.

The 2016 election is about the very legitimacy of the system. Putting this rancorous and divisive presidential election aside, trust in the federal government in general has been...(CLICK FOR THE ENTIRE ARTICLE)

a tough trek for the answer - from what we have discovered and learned over the years, should the Olympic Games have a permanent venue? click here for cbc-radio program, The Current, interview of professor john rennie short by anna maria tremonti Click here for article we shgould host the olymoic in the same place every time click this link for article by John Rennie Short: On rocky road to Rio, the biggest loser may be the glory of hosting Olympics

The Conversation - The geography of Brexit: what the vote reveals about the Disunited Kingdom

A majority in the U.K. voted to leave the EU. But a look at the geography of the vote provides another angle on the result and insights into the political geography of the Disunited Kingdom. The vote laid bare a seldom-acknowledged political and economic imbalance within the country. It has also raised the chances of dissolving a more than three centuries-old union.

Troubled waters

The U.N. ruling will likely create more problems than solutions. Interpreted by China as a U.S.-inspired power move, it will increase rather than decrease geopolitical tensions.

Yet, conflict between Washington and Beijing can be managed. There are vast areas of mutual economic interest and shared global objectives.

A greater fear is that a local event can spin out of control. An overzealous Chinese lieutenant fires upon a U.S. ship; a U.S. destroyer rams a Chinese fishing boat. A U.S. plane is accidentally shot down by a surface-to-air missile from a disputed island. At the local level the potential for conflict grows to dangerous levels. And often it is events at the local that can influence the global.

Efficiency requires ‘just in time distribution’ but we are moving to ‘maybe in time’

Why is the U.S. unwilling to pay for good public transportation?  Officials in Washington, D.C. said this week they may have to shut down portions of the Metro subway system for months because its piecemeal approach to maintenance is no longer sufficient. (click for more)

Look at Cities and Efficiency to Grow Economy (16:48)
Dr. John Short, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. The state of our economy is one of the greatest concerns facing the nation. With massive public concern and the topic over taking the current presidential diabetes, many are looking for answers to solve our economic woes. According Dr. Short those answer may lie within our cities. Dr. Short’s recent article, “Want the economy to grow? It’s time to look at cities and efficiency,” discuss the need for growth and expansion in our cities. Dr. Short explains more about the future of the nation's economy.

Urban resurgence and suburban decline in the U.S.

"The IOC is a classic oligarchy that's fiddling while the Olympics burn," says John Rennie Short, a professor of public policy at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County who has written 38 books on globalization and urban issues. "The IOC has a monopoly with little incentive to change. They reap nearly all the benefits while insisting their host cities and governments literally sign documents to bear all the cost and risk. So the whole thing was always a bit of a cabal to begin with anyway, but we didn't mind so much when the cabal was at least working."

Want the economy to grow? It’s time to look at cities and efficiency

Want the economy to grow? It’s time to look at cities and efficiency. The economy is a hot topic in the presidential debates and is among the top public concerns. But the “economy” is a loose and hazy notion and, for politicians, a convenient place to make promises. Even the solutions are pitched at a high level of abstraction... (click for the entire "Conversation")

The conversation article - Cities are booming but progress is uneven and, to some, too costly

"This year and this day – the United Nations' World Cities Day – we should remember that the city is back. Across the globe there is an urban resurgence. In fact, it is of such major and global significance that I have described it as a Third Revolution, after the invention of cities around 5,000 years ago and the second linked to the Industrial Revolution." CLICK FOR THE COMPLETE ARTICLE

Link to op-ed the other immigrants: how the super-rich skirt quotas and closed borders

The mass media are filled with images of desperate refugees struggling to escape civil unrest. But it is not only the poor and the displaced who are on the move. The rich, especially from countries such as Russia and China, are also leaving their home countries, but they are not faced with (more)...

image link to article - We should host the Olympics in the same place every time

July 28, 2015 - The mayor of Boston announced this week that he won’t support the bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, scuttling the city’s chances of hosting the Games. Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Los Angeles – the other cities who competed to represent the United States – are understandably frustrated. But really, the mayor’s reticence makes sense. The Summer Olympics are one of the... CLICK FOR MORE

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Smoley western forest fires - aerial photoThe West is on fire – and the US taxpayer is subsidizing it

by John Rennie Short, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; in The Conversation, 2015-09-23 09:36:34 UTC

  • Raging – and costly. US National Parks Service , CC BY-SA The western US is burning. This year’s damaging experience is just the latest in a recent series of devastating wildfire seasons, a trend that will only likely increase over the coming years. Over the last few decades, and especially since 2000, the wildfire season is getting longer, with more fires, bigger fires and more damaging fires . Even before the end of this year’s season, 600,000 acres have burned in California, and almost a million acres each in Oregon and Washington. More than five million acres were destroyed in the [...] is a blog aggregator for Economics research hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Disclaimer: Views expressed do not necessarily reflect official positions of the Federal Reserve System.





The International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences recently posted a 6-page article of mine titled, "City Marketing," with this Abstract:

Since the 1970s city marketing has grown in size and importance. A historical contextualization considers the selling of the frontier city, the resort, the suburb, and the industrial city. The article explores the symbolic reconstruction of cities through a discussion of strategies and tactics of city marketing. Marketing strategies include the promotion of the postindustrial city, the global city, the business city, the good city, the green city, the cosmopolitan city, and the city of culture. The tactics of city marketing include namings, slogans, logos, and the construction of iconic buildings. The article discusses what city marketing reveals about social power in cities.

The 6-page article can be downloaded as a pdf for a $31.50 fee, set by the publisher of the paper, by clicking this link. I also touch on this same theme in my recent 296-page book Urban Theory 2nd ed available from Amazon in paperback at from $37.00 to $47.00.