Gary Green

Professor and Chair, Department of Community and Environmental Sociology

Professor Green’s research, teaching and outreach focus on the relationship between economic development and community change. His current research projects focus on the deindustrialization of rural America. His recent books include Handbook of Rural Development, Asset Building and Community Development (4th Edition) and Workforce Development Networks in Rural Areas: Building the High Road. He was a member of Governor Tommy Thompson’s Initiative on Workforce Strategies in 1998. He earned his Ph.D. in Rural Sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Areas of expertise

Workforce development, rural economic development, local economic development incentives, labor market challenges in Wisconsin’s counties, helping counties better match jobs and workers, natural amenities and asset-based development, rural school consolidation, industry clusters, effect of banking de-regulation on communities, and green collar jobs.