Position: Senior Economic Analyst
Professional Experience: 47 Years
B.A. / University of Birmingham (UK)/ Economics / 1965
M.A. & Ph.D. / University of Washington / Masters of Economics / 1967, 1969
Dr. Geoffrey J.D. Hewings serves as an associate of R.A. Wiedemann & Associates and concentrates his efforts in the firm’s economic impact and econometric modeling disciplines. Dr. Hewings is a Professor of Geography and Regional Science and of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. In addition, he serves as Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory (REAL), a joint venture between the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago an the University of Illinois. The major focus of REAL is the development of models of urban and regional economies.
Professor Hewings’ research experience has focused on the development of economic impact assessments, econometric models, regional input-output models, and economic base models. He has worked on the development of the Economic Impact Forecast System (EIFS), a county based impact analysis model, for the U. S. Army Construction Engineering Laboratory.
Professor Geoffrey J.D. Hewings has been on the faculty of the University of Illinois since 1974. He was promoted to Full Professor in 1983 and assumed the Headship of the Geography Department at the same time. Prior to coming to Illinois, he was on the faculty of the Universities of Toronto in Canada and Kent at Canterbury in England. In addition, he has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Massachusetts (Amhurst), and Queensland (Australia) and Bar Ilan University (Israel). Since 1978, he has served as Executive Secretary of the Regional Science Association, one of the major interdisciplinary professional organizations in social science. In January 1989, he assumed the position of Director of the Regional Economics Applications Laboratory. In addition, Dr. Hewings has been appointed as a Special Sworn Agent of the U.S. Bureau of the Census and has access to their establishment-level data. He is the author of three books, editor of two more and has published over 50 articles in major professional journals.
His consultancies include: Northern Territory Government (Australia), State of Queensland, Greece, Korea Research on Human Settlements (Seoul), Midwest Universities Consortium on International Activities, U.S. Department of Energy and several Illinois state agencies. He has been a long term consultant for the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Laboratory for the development of a county-based economic impact forecast system (EIFS). He has worked with R.A. Wiedemann & Associates using the IMPLAN input-output model for economic impact assessment. He has been instrumental in all economic impact studies undertaken by Wiedemann & Associates.