EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation

Integration of Online Market Place and Main Street in Michigan Communities: Drivers, Impacts, and Policy Implications (2019)

Project Details

Co-Learning Plan - 2019

Author: Peilei Fan, MSU Urban Planning

Summary

This proposal is to examine how online market place and Main Street can be best synergized for Michigan communities. The research questions are: (1) How have local business integrated e-commerce and reaped benefits of such integration? How have the built environment been transformed, either through a change in function for main street stores or the growth of fulfillment centers and logistics operations? (2) What are the key drivers and barriers that have affected the realizations of these benefits? What strategies may increase the integration? (3)What are the implications of exogenous factors, such as globalization, trade regime change, and tax regulations?

Author

Peilei Fan, MSU Urban Planning

Dr. Peilei Fan is an associate professor of Urban and Regional Planning at School of Planning, Design, and Construction, Michigan State University (MSU). She also holds a joint research appointment at Center for Global Change and Earth Observations and is an adjunct faculty member of the Geography Department at MSU. She has a Ph.D. in Economic Development and a MS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, both from MIT. Before she joined MSU, Dr. Fan worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the United Nations University in Tokyo on comparative analysis of innovation and economic development in Japan, China, India, the US, and other East Asian countries. Dr. Fan has served as a consultant/an economist for United Nations University – World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) and Asia Development Bank (ADB). She was a Core Fulbright US Scholar of Cross-Strait Studies Program for 2017-2018 and a faculty member of executive education of Harvard J.F. Kenney School of Government (2008 & 2017). She has extensive research experience of working with economic development experts at local, regional, and national levels of different countries. Dr. Fan’s research focuses on innovation, economic development, and sustainability. Her research projects have been funded by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Science Foundation (NSF), and USAID. She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and been guest (co)editors for special issues of four academic journals. While her past research is about cities worldwide, she is also interested promoting economic development, urban environment, and public health of local communities in Michigan. With her research expertise in innovation, technological catching up, and economic development in different national contexts, she can bring valuable insights to the proposed Co-Learning Plan. Please see her detailed professional profile at https://msu.edu/~fanpeile/ and Google Scholar (search for Peilei Fan).