Tenure-Track Faculty

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Robert Browning South

Title: Associate Professor, Undergraduate Director
Office: 400C  Braunstein Hall
Tel: 513-556-3427


  • PhD, University of Maryland, 1972 (Minors: Agricultural Economics, Latin American Studies Dissertation: An Analysis of Commodity Flows and the Spatial Structure of the Bolivian Economy, 1972, 270 pp. ).
  • M.A. , Indiana University, 1965 (Geography).
  • BA, Indiana University, 1961 (Geology).
  • BA, National University of Mexico, 1958


Research Areas: Regional economic development, industrial location, Latin America

Dr. Robert South attended Indiana University as an undergraduate and graduate student (B.A. Geology, M.A. Geography), and the University of Maryland (Ph.D. Geography). His research interests include economic geography, regional economic development, Colonial networks, and location problems-industrial location. Dr. South has a long-standing interest in Latin America. As an undergraduate he attended the University of Mexico (UNAM), was a Fulbright scholar (Mexico), conducted field work and research in Bolivia, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer (Chile). He was also a visiting scientist at Argonne National Laboratory conducting research on socio-economic environmental impacts of industrial location. He has published numerous articles on themes of economic geography focusing on Latin America, and has been a consultant to several U.S. companies on industrial location decisions. His current research interest is focused on U.S. manufacturing closure (Mexico), and the repatriation of manufacturing (U.S.).

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 1073 - Legacies and Landscapes of Yucatan
  • GEOG 2011 - Geography of Latin America
  • GEOG 3041 - Economic Geography
  • GEOG 5000 - Geography Capstone I
  • GEOG 6050 - International Field Trips
  • GEOG 7005 - Professional Development

Selected Publications

  • The Flying Geese Metaphor: Export-Oriented Manufactures in Mexico,” 2015, Regional Studies, in press.
  • “Spatial Variations in Mexican Maquiladora Closure,” 2007, Urban Geography, 27(8): 734-756
  • “Transnational Maquiladora Location,” 1990, Annals, Association of American Geographers, 80(4): 549-570.
  • “Environmental Legislation and the Location Process,” 1986, Geographical Review 76(1): 20-35.
  • “Energy-The Industrial Sector,” Northern Arizona University Energy Institute. 1979 Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AR

Awards and Honors

  • Fulbright, Mexico, 1985 to 1986.
  • Canadian Studies Program Award, 1977.
  • National Science Foundation, Institute, Computerized Algorithms for Solving Location Problems University of Iowa,, 1973.
  • National Science Foundation Traineeship, University of Maryland, 1968 to 1969.