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Community and Regional Planning Faculty and Staff

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Office Support Staff

Graduate Coordinator



Associate Professor

Biswa Das PhD

Associate Professor, Community and Regional Planning
Director of Graduate Education, Community and Regional Planning
Extension Specialist, Community and Regional Planning

Mailing Address

Community and Regional Planning Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011

Contact Information

Phone: (515) 294-7003
Office: 592 Design


PhD, Agricultural Economics, Texas Tech University
MPhil, Economics, University of Hyderabad, India
MA, Economics, University of Hyderabad, India
BA, Economics, Utkal University, Odisha, India

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Research Interests

Delivers outreach programs relating to local government finance for Iowa communities. Provides assistance to Iowa communities as part of a multidisciplinary collaborative in areas of community and economic development. Broad research focus is in the areas of: community and regional economics, public finance, natural resource and environmental economics. 

Courses I teach:

CRP 566 Policy Analysis and Planning

CRP 579 Applied Public Finance and Planning

Current Projects

1. Overcoming the Rural Data Deficit to Improve Quality of Life and Community Services in Smart & Connected Small Communities, Study Funded by the National Science Foundation (2020-2023)

2.  Keeping Shelters in Place: Understanding Residential Landlord Decision-making During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Study funded by the National Science Foundation, 2020-21

3. Iowa Government Finance Initiative: Customized Annual Fiscal Conditions Reports for 942 Iowa Cities and 99 Counties

4. A Best Practice Manual for Aging in Place: Revitalizing Small Communities for Aging Population in Iowa, Study funded by BNIM group, 2020-21