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Dr. William Beyers
Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography
Dr. William Beyers
William Beyers is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography at the University of Washington. He obtained his BA and Ph.D. from the University of Washington, and has been on the faculty of the UW since 1967. Beyers research has been in the field of economic geography and regional science, with a long-term interest in regional input-output models, including their construction and using them to focus on structural change in regional economies. He has also done much research on service industries, especially producer services, ranging from survey-research exploring basic issues such as the geography of markets, use of labor, strategies for gaining competitive advantage, and the impact of information technologies on the production and delivery of services. He has also focused on national and international trends in service employment, and has been active in international conferences focused on service industries. He has received the lifetime achievement award for research on service industries by RESER, the European Service Industries Research Network. He has also been active in service, nationally for organizations such as the National Science Foundation and on the editorial boards of numerous journals, and regionally for state and local governments on regional development programs. He has also been involved in numerous consulting projects, many of which have been economic impact studies on topics ranging from high-technology industry to arts and cultural industries.
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