Richard Jelier

Richard Jelier is Professor of Public Administration and Director of SPNHA
236C DeVos Center
(616) 331-6578

Professor Jelier teaches courses in Metropolitan Politics and Administration, Economic and Community Development, Community Analysis, Comparative and International Administration, and Local Politics. He has been active in international programs, serving as director and instructor of London Urbanization in 1999, 2008, 2011 and created, directed and instructed the Public Affairs and Planning summer program in Sydney, Australia 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007. In 2013, he was selected as a Fulbright Scholar in Russia and held a five-month placement at Moscow State University in 2014.

Professor Jelier's research remains active in planning, economic development and urban and community affairs. Professor Jelier served as a research fellow and instructor at Kingston University, London 2002. Publications have appeared in The International Journal of Economic Development, the Journal of Public Affairs Education, Urban Education and the Urban Review. His book, Sustaining Michigan: Metropolitan Policies and Strategies with Gary Sands was published in 2009 by MSU Press. He has served as a principal investigator on a number of funded grant projects with the Dyer-Ives Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation and other organizations.

Professor Jelier joined the faculty in the fall of 1995 after receiving a dual Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Political Science-Urban Studies. While at GVSU, Dr. Jelier has had an active service record. He was a founding member and co-principal investigator of the Michigan Higher Education Land Policy Consortium (MIHELP), a partnership with Michigan State, Wayne State, GVSU and U of M. He is former chairperson of United Growth. He was program evaluator and consultant for the Educational Advisory Committee for the State of Michigan's Cool Cities Initiative 2006-2008. He was Michigan Campus Compacts outstanding service learning scholar 2007.


  • The book I am currently recommending to my friends is ... Tasting and Touring Michigan's Homegrown Food: A Culinary Road Trip (Arbutus Press)- yes a shameless plug for my wife's book.
  • The music I am currently recommending to my friends is ... I'm a music junkie, always searching for the next best thing, right now jamming on First Aid Kit, Florence and the Machine, Archie Roach, Dead Can Dance
  • My favorite city in the world is ... this is a tough one because I love cities, but probably London.
  • My best advice to students is ... have passion and enthusiasm for your studies and you'll have great success.
  • People are surprised to know that I ... play guitar and a little harmonica
  • My favorite comfort food is ... Thai or Indian
  • At home, I have a pet ... Dusty, the coolest dog ever



Richard Jelier