About CREC

The Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) is an independent, not-for-profit organization founded to provide policy-makers from around the world with the information and technical assistance they need to formulate and execute innovative, regional, job-creating economic strategies.

Our staff members come from around the globe, bringing with them diverse backgrounds, and world-class skill sets.

CREC fellow

Edward Feser
Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Edward Feser has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness (CREC) since 2010. Dr. Feser a globally known, highly regarded professor, researcher, and practitioner of economic development policy, economic development strategy and implementation, cluster analysis, and methods of urban and regional analysis.

Dr. Feser is currently Dean of College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He was previously living in the UK, serving as the Eddie Davie Professor and Enterprise & Innovation at the University of Manchester. Before he moved to UK in 2012, he was Head of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC).

Dr. Feser’s research is focused on the growth, decline, economic adjustment, and industrial restructuring of cities and regions; industry clusters and regional competitiveness; technology-based economic development; economic development policy making and implementation, and spatial-analytical methods for identifying regional economic assets. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the World Bank, the U.S. Economic Development Administration, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the German Marshall Fund of the United States, as well as multiple state and local agencies. He was also centrally involved in the development and operation of NEURUS – the Network for European-U.S. Regional and Urban Studies – a consortium of universities in the U.S., the Netherlands, Germany and Austria.

Previous to moving to UIUC in 2004, Dr. Feser worked at other academic institutions, such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he taught for seven years, as well as in the public and private sectors, which he credits as being critical to his ability to make connections between theory and practice. In 2003, Dr. Feser served as Assistant Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, where he acted as chief economist and senior policy advisor to the Secretary and directed the reorganization and expansion of the agency’s Division of Policy, Research and Strategic Planning. He continues to work closely with state and local governments on issues related to his research and acts regularly as a consultant to the corporate sector, state and local governments, non-profit development agencies, and economic development planning firms.

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