The USC U.S.-China Institute talks with author David M. Lampton on his new book, which examines China’s effort to create an intercountry railway system connecting China and its seven Southeast Asian neighbors.
Eric J. Heikkila, University of Southern California
Eric J. Heikkila is Professor and Director of the SPPD International Initiative at USC’s School of Policy, Planning and Development. In this capacity he works to integrate an international dimension into the School’s core activities, including research, curriculum and professional outreach. He oversees the School’s distinctive SPPD International Laboratory offerings, which enable graduate students to gain professional field experience abroad. He is also co-Founder and Executive Secretary of the Pacific Rim Council on Urban Development, which holds regular forums hosted by local governments throughout the region. Professor Heikkila’s scholarly research and teaching seeks an understanding of how urban places develop, with attention to the economic, cultural, historical and geographic influences that shape developmental outcomes. His book on Economics of Planning is widely used in university classes in the United States and abroad.