Distinguished Research Professor Andy Herod does research to understand how economies function as geographical entities. He is internationally recognized as one of the most important scholars writing on the global economy and processes of globalization. Professor Herod is perhaps best-known for his work on labor geography, a field he essentially created in the 1990s that looks at the geographical organization of work and employment. Herod investigates workers’ economic and political behavior and how that behavior, in turn, shapes organizations’ economic evolution.
Andy has written three research monographs, edited or co-edited five other books, and published some 70 refereed journal articles and book chapters. His work’s impact has been wide-reaching and has shaped conceptual developments in geography but also in industrial relations, labor history, and sociology, among other fields. His work is the focus of an entire chapter in the standard undergraduate economic geography textbook.
In addition to his research on labor, Andy is director of the UGA à Paris program, which he established 10 years ago with the late Chris Allen from the School of Public and International Affairs. Herod also has taught in other study-abroad programs, including Australia, New Zealand, Oxford, Tanzania, Avignon and Croatia.
Andy also received the OIE Study Abroad Award, which honors a faculty or staff member who has made major contributions to advancement in UGA’s study abroad efforts. He has helped identify and work with bureaucratic hurdles faced by study abroad directors. In addition, he has served on numerous OIE committees and has advised and mentored several UGA study-abroad directors.
Finally, Andy also serves as one of nine elected commissioners in Athens-Clarke-County. He was in the news for his interview on the radio program “Voices of the Biosphere” in Australia, about efforts in Athens-Clarke County to ensure environmental sustainability. In addition to discussing his role as a UGA faculty member, Herod also talked about his role as an Athens-Clarke County commissioner and the ties between the university and local government.
“(The county) doesn’t just draw on the expertise of the faculty,” said Herod. “Oftentimes, the (professor) may look at a derelict site in the city and the students in that class come up with plans for redeveloping that particular site.”
For more information on the Paris Study Abroad program, UGA à Paris, see http://paris.uga.edu/.