• RDPSG meeting minutes

    Dear RDPSG members,
    I hope this message finds you well. On April 10, 2021, we had the 2021 RDPSG business meeting via zoom. At the meeting, the members have elected the 2021-2022 board members. Attached please find the meeting minutes and the election results.
    I would like to take this opportunity to thank Yingru and all 2020-2021 board members for their services and leadership. 

    Stay well and healthy! I hope to see you in New York in 2022.

    Felix Liao

    The 2021 Business Meeting of the Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group

    6:15pm - 7:30 pm (PDT), Apr. 10, 2021 (zoom meeting)


    Host: Yingru Li

    Attendance: RDPSG members


    1. Approve of the 2020 RDPSG business meeting minutes 


    1. Briefing about the RDPSG Activities (2020-2021)- Yingru Li 
    • Announced three RDPSG Awards
    • Sponsored a virtual tour of Seattle (more than 30 attendees).
    • Sponsored several paper sessions and one RDPSG signature panel.


    1. Membership report and financial report – Yingru Li


    1. Announcement of the Awards – Yingru Li
    • The A.K. Chakravarti Awards for Best Student Paper and Best Student Research Proposal on South Asia: Vacant
    • The AK Chakravarti Award, Best Graduate Student Paper: Diala Ltief,D. student, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto.
    • Distinguished Service Award: Bikramaditya K. Choudhary, Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
    • The RDPSG Emerging Scholar Award: Stephen McCauley, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Integrative & Global Studies, Worchester Polytechnic Institute University.
    • The RDPSG Best Undergraduate Student paper award: Vacant


    1. Election of the RDPSG Board for 2021-22

    At the meeting, Member-at-large, Chair of Honors Committee, and Student Representative/Media Coordinator were elected.


    The list of the 2021-2022 RDPSG Board members is the following:


    Haifeng (Felix) Liao

    University of Idaho



    Gargi Chaudhuri

    University of Wisconsin La Crosse



    Han Li

    University of Miami

    Chair of Honors Committee

    Bikramaditya Choudhary

    Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi


    Director of Developed/Developing Countries

    Arun K. Tripathi

    University of Delhi


    Student Representative and Media Coordinator  

    Megha Shrestha 

    Auburn University 


    1. The board members of RDPSG thanked Yingru Li for her services as the Chair of RDPSG in 2020-2021


    1. Board members agreed that in addition to the best graduate student paper award, if there are more than 2 submissions for the 2021-2022 study paper competition, the second place or runner-up will receive a travel award of $150.


    1. Meeting ended with congratulating the members of the new RDPSG Secretariat Team


    1. Adjourned at 7:10 pm