Biswa Das

Biswa Das PhD

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

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(515) 294-7003

Campus Office: 592 Design

Mailing Address
Community and Regional Planning Department
158 College of Design
Ames, IA, 50011
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PhD, Agricultural Economics, Texas Tech University

MPhil, Economics, University of Hyderabad, India

MA, Economics, University of Hyderabad, India

BA, Economics, Utkal University, Odisha, India


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




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