Our Contributors

The (Co)Action Lab invites experts from around the world to share their successes and challenges with addressing economic and social problems. Our contributors include practitioners, storytellers, and scholars who have dedicated their careers to making lives better in their regions and beyond.

  • Ben Muldrow
    Areas of Expertise:
    Economic Development • Branding • Community Engagement • Downtown Revitalization • Historic Preservation • Innovation
    Education & Certifications:
    University of South Carolina-Greenville, BA in Advertising
    Partner, Arnett Muldrow & Associates
    USA
  • Dr. Demetra Paparounas
    Areas of Expertise:
    Economics • Business • Economic Development
    Education & Certifications:
    University of Piraeus, (Greece), Bachelors in Economics • Suffolk University, Masters in Human Resources Management • University of Massachusetts - Lowell, Masters in Economic and Social Development • Northeastern University, PhD in Law and Public Policy

  • Dr. Glaucia Peres da Silva
    Areas of Expertise:
    Economic Sociology • Music markets • World Music • Transnational and Global Markets • Relation of Local and Global Cultural Production
    Education & Certifications:
    University of Duisburg-Essen • Universidade de Sao Paulo, M. phil in Sociology • Humboldt University Berlin, Dr. phil in Sociology

    Germany
  • Dr. Inga Rademacher
    Areas of Expertise:
    Income • Corporate and Consumer Taxation in the U.S. and Germany • Tax Competition in the Euro Zone • Redistribution • Fiscal Crises and Financialization
    DAAD Fellow, European and International Studies Department, King's College London
    England
  • Dr. Julia Tomassetti
    Areas of Expertise:
    Work Law • Contract Law • Employment Rights • Legal Identity of Work Relationships • Digital Platform Work • Economic Sociology • Political Economy of Contemporary Capitalism
    Education & Certifications:
    Harvard University, JD • University of California - Los Angeles, PhD in Sociology
    Assistant Professor of Law, City University of Hong Kong
    China
  • Dr. Mauricio Reinert
    Areas of Expertise:
    Economic Sociology • Sociology of Markets • Morality and Markets • Innovation, Knowledge and Markets • Health and Markets • Research Methodology • Research Ethics
    Education & Certifications:
    São Paulo School of Business Administration – Getúlio Vargas Foundation (EAESP-FGV), PhD in Business • Federal University of Paraná, Msc in Business • FAE Business School, BA in Business
    Associate Professor, Maringá State University Business School
    Brazil
  • Dr. May Zuleika Salao
    Areas of Expertise:
    Skill Formation • Creative Industries • Decentralized Governance • Institutional Change
    Education & Certifications:
    University of the Philippines, PhD in Philippine Studies
    Director, Program in Political Economy of the School of Law and Governance, University of Asia and the Pacific
    Philippines
  • Dr. Nancy S. Lee
    Areas of Expertise:
    Environmental Economics • Small Business Development
    Education & Certifications:
    Rutgers University, BS in Environmental and Business Economics • Rutgers University, MS in Agricultural Economics • Washington State University, PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies (Economics, Regional Planning, Natural Resource Management)

    USA
  • Dr. Neenah Estrella-Luna
    Areas of Expertise:
    Social Justice • Environmental Justice • Whiteness • History and contemporary issues in US race relations (law and policy perspective) • Social inequity, especially as rooted in law and policy • Community based/ participatory action research • Diversity, inclusion, and belonging in higher education • Most issues related to social science education in higher education, especially in relation to law and social policy
    Education & Certifications:
    California State University - Los Angeles, BS in Community Health • Boston University, MPH (Public Health) • Northeastern University, PhD, Law & Public Policy
    Visiting Associate Professor, Salem State University
    USA
  • Dr. Pieta Blakely
    Areas of Expertise:
    Workforce Development • Data Management • Evaluation Systems • Policy Consulting
    Education & Certifications:
    Brown University, BA in Organizational Behavior and Management • Boston University, MS in Administration • Harvard University, MEd (Education) in Teaching and Learning • Brandeis University, PhD in Social Policy

    USA
  • Dr. Thomas Prosser

    Wales, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Torsten Kathke
    Areas of Expertise:
    American History • History and Culture
    Education & Certifications:
    Ludwig-Maximilans Universität - München, MA in Amerikanische Kulturgeschichte / Amerikanische Literaturgeschichte / Theaterwisseschanft • Ludwig-Maximilans Universität - München, PhD in Amerikanische Kulturgeschichte

    Germany
  • Dr. Tracy A. Corley
    Areas of Expertise:
    Economic Justice • Social Inclusion • Entrepreneurship • Self-Employment • Small Business • Labor Market • Local Economy • Informality
    Education & Certifications:
    Clemson University, BA in Architecture Design • Northeastern University, MS in Public Policy • Northeastern University, PhD in Law and Public Policy
    Editor-in-Chief, The (Co)Action Lab
    USA
  • Erik Fruth
    Areas of Expertise:
    Agriculture and Food Systems • Sustainability and Governance • Environmental Impact Assessment • Ecosystem Services • Social Justice
    Education & Certifications:
    California Lutheran University • Technische Universität Berlin, Master's Candidate in Environmental Planning
    Fulbright researcher, International Water Management Institute, Lao PDR
    Laos
  • Sandra Larson, MS
    Areas of Expertise:
    Journalist covering urban and social issues including early education disparities, housing, community economic development, cooperative economy models
    Education & Certifications:
    University of Wisconsin - Madison, BS in Conservation Biology • Harvard University, ALM in Journalism • Northeastern University, MS in Urban and Regional Policy
    Managing Editor and Community Manager, (Co)Action Lab • Freelance Journalist
    USA
  • Steve Gerritson, MPA
    Areas of Expertise:
    Economic Development • Clean Technology • Environmental Science
    Education & Certifications:
    University of Massachusetts - Amherst, BA in Political Science • Princeton University, MPA in International Relations and Economics

  • Tripp Muldrow, MCRP
    Areas of Expertise:
    Urban and Regional Planning • Small Cities • Economic Development
    Education & Certifications:
    Clemson University, MCRP (City and Regional Planning) and English

    USA
  • Vijayeta Singh
    Areas of Expertise:
    Extractive Industries • Land Grabs • Displacement • Human Rights
    Education & Certifications:
    Guru Nanak Dev University, BS in Business Administration • Tata Institute of Social Sciences, MA in Social Entrepreneurship • Northeastern University, PhD Candidate in Law and Public Policy

    USA
  • Yingchan Zhang
    Areas of Expertise:
    User Experience Research • Ethnography
    Education & Certifications:
    University of Massachusetts - Lowell, MA in Regional Economic and Social Development • Northeastern University, MA in Sociology • Northeastern University, PhD Candidate in Sociology

    USA