B.A., Stanford, 1969 (honors in economics)
Master's in Regional Planning (MRP), Cornell, 1971
Ph.D., Cornell, 1975
Community Development--International and Local
Local Development in Latin America
Research, Scholarship and
Dr. Wilson currently teaches international development, Latin American
development, public participation, and conflict resolution skills. Her research
focuses on individual and social transformation, grassroots democracy, and
community-building. She uses the methods of appreciative inquiry, social
narrative, and participatory action research, and draws upon the theories
of communicative action, social learning, and holistic systems. Currently
Dr. Wilson is doing field research on community collaboration in South Africa,
India, and the Pacific for a new book entitled Building Deep
holds a B.A. in economics from Stanford and a Master's and Ph.D. in Planning
from Cornell. She has worked in economic development planning at the local
and Federal level, for the City of San Francisco and the Economic Development
Administration in Washington, DC. She has also worked in grass-roots community
development in Hispanic neighborhoods in San Francisco and Austin, and was
the principal investigator for a national study of subemployment and the
urban underclass. At the University of Texas, she designed the economic
development concentration in planning and developed the
Joint Master's Program in Planning and Latin American Studies.
Dr. Wilson has had
a long involvement in international planning, particularly in Latin America,
where she taught regional economics at the Universidad Catolica in Lima,
Peru, and regional development planning at the Universidad Nacional de
Ingenieria, also in Lima. She has done extensive research and consulting
on integrated regional development, export-led development, decentralization
and municipal strengthening, and most recently democratization and participation.
Besides Peru, she has worked in Mexico, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia, Bolivia,
and Chile. From 1990 to 1992 she served as president of the Sociedad
Interamericana de Planificacion, the professional society of Latin American
planners. She has published two books and numerous articles on planning and
development in Latin America, including Exports and Local Development: Mexico's
New Maquiladoras (University of Texas Press, 1992).
Courses and Syllabi:
381 : Planning Processes &
CRP 384/LAS 381 : Local Development in Latin American
CRP 385c : Participatory
Methods in Community Development
CRP 385c : Urban
and Regional Theory (no longer
CRP 386 : International Development and Participation
"Building Deep Democracy: The Story of a Grassroots Learning Organization
Planning Forum, Vol. 9, Spring 2003, pp. 47-64 (co-authored with Christina
Building Social Capital: A Learning Agenda for the 21st Century," Urban Studies,
Vol. 34, Nos. 5-6, 1997, pp. 745-760.
"Embracing Locality in Local Economic Development," Urban Studies, Vol.
32, Nos. 4-5, 1995, pp. 645-658.
"Empowerment: Community Economic Development from the Inside Out," Urban
Studies, Vol. 33, Nos. 4-5, 1996, pp. 617-630.
El Empoderamiento: Desarollo Economico Comunitario Desde
Adentro Hacia Afuera Ecuador Debate, Vol. 44, 1998, pp.
Selected Book Reviews:
Steiner, Human Ecology: Following Nature's Lead, in Planning Forum,
Vol. 9, Spring 2003, pp. 102-105.
CRP 385c : Community
Visioning: St. John Community, Austin, Texas
Patricia A. Wilson