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Brian Berry

Brian Berry

Member of National Academy of Sciences
Lloyd Viel Berkner Regental Professor Emeritus
GR 3.813
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Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Geography
University of Washington - 1958
M.A. - Geography
University of Washington - 1956
B.S. - Economics
University of London - 1955

Research Areas

Research Interests
Dr. Berrys early urban and regional research helped spark the scientific revolution that occurred  in geography and urban research in the 1960s. In the early 1960s he became the worlds most  frequently cited geographer, a ranking maintained for more than a quarter-century. After moving  to Texas his inquiries turned to long-wave rhythms in the economy, society and polity.  Throughout his career he has been concerned with bridging theory and practice and has been  heavily involved in urban and regional planning in both advanced and developing countries.  Frequently called on as an advisor, consultant, and expert witness, his contributions have been  made in cities as diverse as Chicago and Calcutta, Jakarta and Melbourne and his regional  development expertise has been applied in areas from Appalachia to Magellanes to Indonesia. He  is the author of more than 500 books, articles, planning reports and other professional  publications and he has been honored many times.


Patenting Differentials Among Major U.S. Research Universities: Do Regional Factors Play a Role? With Ping (Penny) Chen. 2014 - Publication
Review The New Science of Cities. by Michael Batty. GEOGRAPHICAL ANALYSIS 46: 334-5. 2014 - Publication
Review Utopian Movements and Ideas of the Great Depression. by Donald M. Whisenhunt. NOVO RELIGIO. A JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND EMERGENT RELIGIONS. 2014 - Publication
Long Waves in American Politics, Part One: Takeoff Presidencies. With Denis Dean. KONDRATIEFF WAVES 2. 2014 - Publication
Long Waves in American Politics, Part Two: The Obama Question. With Euel Elliott. KONDRATIEFF WAVES 2. 2014 - Publication
Working Hours and Life Satisfaction: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Latin America and the United States. With Rubia Valente. 2014 - Publication
Countering Inequality: Brazils Movimento Sem Terra. With Rubia Valente. GEOGRAPHICAL REVIEW. 2014 - Publication
Performance of Students Admitted Through Affirmative Action in Brazil. With Rubia Valente. 2014 - Publication


The University of Texas at Dallas [2005–2010]
Lloyd Viel Berkner Regental Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [1991–Present]
Director, then Chair
The University of Texas at Dallas [1988–1995]
Founders Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [1986–1991]
Dean/ University Professor of Urban Studies and Public Policy Professor or Urban Studies and Public Policy
Carnegie-Mellon University [1981–1986]
Professor/ Chairman
Harvard University [1976–1981]
Frank Backus Williams Professor
Harvard University [1976–1981]
Harvard University [1976–1981]
Faculty Fellow
Harvard University [1976–1981]
The University of Chicago [1973–1976]

Additional Information

  • 1964-8 Member, Commission on Methods of Economic Regionalization, International Geographical Union.
  • 1966-9 Member, Village Plan Commission, Park Forest, Illinois.
  • 1968-76 Chairman, Commission on Quantitative Methods, International Geographical Union.
  • 1974-8 Program Advisory Committee, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria.
  • 1975-8 Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Social Science Research Council.
  • 1977-80 Council and Executive Committee, Association of American Geographers.
  • 1978-9 Board of Directors, American Geographical Society.
  • 1982-4 Executive Council, National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.
  • 1999-2002 Council, National Academy of Sciences. Member of Executive Committee.
  • 2000-2004 Chair, Science Advisory Board, Center for Spatially-Integrated Social Science.
  • 1962-65 Committee on Geography.
  • 1967-69 Committee on Social and Behavioral Urban Research.
  • 1972-73 Social Science Panel on the Significance of Community in the Metropolis.
  • 1972-75 Building Research Advisory Board.
  • 1975 Membership in the Academy: the youngest social scientist to be so honored.
  • 1975-78 Executive Committee, Assembly of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
  • 1975-78 Committee on Science and Public Policy.
  • 1975-78, 2000-04 Report Review Committee.
  • 1981-85 Committee on National Urban Policy.
  • 1990-92 Committee on Strategic Transportation Data Needs.
  • 1994-2000 Transportation Research Board, Executive Committee.
  • 1994-2000 Subcommittee for NRC Oversight.
  • 1995-98, 2000 NAS Class V Membership Committee.
  • 1997-99 Mapping Science Committee, Commission on Geosciences, Environment, and Resources.
  • 1999-2002 Council (first geographer to so serve). Appointed to Executive Committee, Membership Committee, Committee on Scientific Programs, Committee on Executive Compensation.
  • 2000-2001 Chair, Section 64 (Human-Environmental Sciences).
  • 2001-2002 NAS Class VI Membership Committee.
  • 2004-2007 Geographical Sciences Committee, Board on Earth Sciences and Resources.
  • 1960-62 Ford Foundation, India/Calcutta Metropolitan Planning Organization.
  • 1965-67 US Dept. of Transportation.
  • 1965-67 US Dept. of Agriculture.
  • 1965-69 Transportation Center, Northwestern University.
  • 1965-67 US Agency for International Development/Indian Institute of Technology.
  • 1966-68 Office of Statistical Standards, US Bureau of the Budget.
  • 1967-68 Ford Foundation/Government of Chile.
  • 1967-70 International City Management Association.
  • 1968-70 Ministry of Housing, Government of Brazil, and Brazilian Foundation for Statistics and Geography.
  • 1968-70 National Goals Research Staff, Office of the President.
  • 1968-70 Economic Development Administration, US Dept. of Commerce.
  • 1968-70 Bureau of Economic Analysis, US Dept. of Commerce.
  • 1968-73 US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development.
  • 1969 Upper Great Lakes Regional Commission.
  • 1970-80 The Urban Institute.
  • 1970-80 Geographical Applications Program (Remote Sensing), US Geological Survey.
  • 1970-72 Scientific Group on Research in Epidemiology and Communications Science, World Health Organization.
  • 1970-73 World Bank/Government of Indonesia.
  • 1971 Appalachian Regional Commission.
  • 1971 Commission on Population Growth and the American Future.
  • 1972-74 City of Melbourne, Australia
  • 1972-76 Ministry of State for Urban Affairs, Ottawa, Canada.
  • 1972-76 Office of Policy Analysis, US Environmental Protection Agency.
  • 1977-87 Harvard Institute for International Development/Ministries of Finance and Public Works, Government of Indonesia.
  • 1988-90 US Agency for International Development, Sri Lanka.
  • 1990-94 US Dept of Justice.
  • 1992-94 Bureau of the Census.
  • 1993-95 Office of Technology Assessment, US Congress.
  • 1995 See National Academy of Sciences

News Articles

U. T. Dallas’ Brian Berry to Receive World’s Top Honor for Geographers
U. T. Dallas’ Brian Berry to Receive World’s Top Honor for Geographers RICHARDSON , Texas (Aug. 16, 2005) – Dr. Brian J. L. Berry, dean of the School of Social Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), has been named the 2005 recipient of the Vautrin Lud Prize, the highest award that can be bestowed on a geographer. Berry will receive the award at a ceremony on Sept. 29 at the International Festival of Geography in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, France. 

The prize, which was created in 1991 and is officially known by its French name Lauréat Prix International de Géographie Vautrin Lud, is awarded each autumn to an intellectual leader in the field, as determined by a five-person international jury.
Former EPPS Dean Honored by Science Scholars, Alma Mater
Dr. Brian Berry, Lloyd Viel Berkner Regental Professor and former dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, has received two recent honors – one from an international scholarly society and another from his alma mater, the University of Washington.

Berry was elected a 2012 fellow of the Regional Science Association International, which is a cohort of scholars focused on economics and global processes. Members of the association nominate distinguished scholars for the honor. Berry was one of four elected this year.
Renowned Geographer Dr. Brian Berry Named Dean of Social Sciences at UTD
RICHARDSON, Texas (June 16, 2005) – Dr. Brian Berry, a world-renowned geographer, economic and urban development expert and member of the National Academy of Sciences, has been appointed dean of the School of Social Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), succeeding Dr. James Murdoch, who will return to full-time research and teaching duties at the school following completion of his term of appointment as dean. 

Berry, who is the Lloyd V. Berkner Regental Professor in UTD’s School of Social Sciences and a long-time leader of the university’s political economy program, will assume his new duties on July 1. The School of Social Sciences is one of seven schools at UTD and offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in a broad range of fields, including sociology, political science, geography, economics and finance, government and politics and public affairs. The school has 53 faculty members and nearly 1,200 students.
UTD Social Sciences Dean Named Fellow Of American Institute of Certified Planners
Dr. Brian J. L. Berry, dean of the School of Social Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) and one of the world’s leading social scientists, has been selected a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the professional arm of the American Planning Association (APA).

The 39,000-member APA is the nation’s leading city and regional planning organization.  AICP, with 15,000 members, provides leadership in the certification of professional planners, ethics, professional development, planning education and the standards of planning practice.
Regental Professor Will Receive American Association of Geographers Award
Regental Professor Will Receive American Association of Geographers Award Dr. Brian Berry, one of the pioneers of modern geography who is credited with changing the course of his discipline, has been selected to receive the 2020 Stanley Brunn Award for Creativity in Geography from the American Association of Geographers (AAG).  

The annual award recognizes an individual geographer or team that has demonstrated originality, creativity and significant intellectual breakthroughs in the study of lands, features, inhabitants and phenomena.

“The award is a nice capstone at the end of a very long career,” said Berry, the Lloyd Viel Berkner Regental Professor in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS) at The University of Texas at Dallas. “I knew Stan Brunn personally, when he was a graduate student. This is both a wonderful personal and professional experience. I am very pleased to receive the award.”