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Russell Weaver

Director of Research, ILR Buffalo Co-Lab
EXT-Buffalo Co-Lab


Russell Weaver, PhD, is a quantitative geographer and Director of Research at the Cornell ILR Buffalo Co-Lab. He was previously an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Texas State University Department of Geography, where he taught courses in community geography, community development, urban planning, geographic thought, and quantitative data analysis. His research programs are aimed at understanding pathways for context-sensitive, sustainable, and equitable community economic development. He is the lead author of Shrinking Cities: Understanding Urban Decline in the United States, and his work appears in such journals as The Annals of the American Association of Geographers, Ecological Economics, Applied Geography, and Community Development. Weaver holds a master’s degree in Economics and a PhD in Geography from SUNY Buffalo.


Journal Articles

  • Russell Weaver. 2021. Back to the Future of Local Elections: Reestablishing Resident Voting Rights to Strengthen Municipal Democracy  , High Road Policy . 2(4).
  • Russell Weaver. 2021. The Raise the Wage Act Could Lower Housing Cost Burden and Advance Racial Equity, High Road Policy . 2(1).
  • Russell Weaver. 2020. Chartering an Inclusive, Sustainable, Democratic City  , High Road Policy . 1(4).
  • Russell Weaver. 2020. Defining and Advancing High Road Policy Concepts, Strategies, and Tactics, High Road Policy . 1(2SE).
  • Russell Weaver. 2020. Economic Development on Common Ground: Two Bipartisan State Policies for Defunding Low Road Infrastructure, High Road Policy . 1(2).
  • Russell Weaver. 2020. Prioritizing Racial Equity and Social Justice in New York State, High Road Policy . 1(3).
  • Jason Knight, Russell Weaver. 2020. Strategic demolition for shrinking and shrunken cities: A case study from Buffalo, NY, USA, Journal of Urban Regeneration and Renewal . 13:Forthcoming.
  • Russell Weaver, Jason Knight. 2018. Analysis of a multipronged community development initiative in two distressed neighbourhoods, Community Development Journal . 53(2):301-320.
  • Russell Weaver, Jason Knight. 2018. Can shrinking cities demolish vacancy? An empirical evaluation of a demolition-first approach to vacancy management in Buffalo, NY, USA, Urban Science . 2(3):1-24.
  • Jason Knight, Russell Weaver, Paula Jones. 2018. Walkable and resurgent for whom? The uneven geographies of walkability in Buffalo, New York, Applied Geography . 90(1):175-186.
  • Russell Weaver. 2018. Exploring the elements of social capital: leverage points and creative measurement strategies for community building, National Civic Review . 107(1):16-30.
  • Russell Weaver. 2016. Capacity-building and community resilience: a pilot analysis of education and employment indicators before and after an Extension intervention, Journal of Extension . 54(2):2FEA1.
  • Russell Weaver, Chris Holtkamp. 2016. Determinants of Appalachian identity: using vernacular traces to study cultural geographies of an American region, Annals of the American Association of Geographers . 106(1):203-221.
  • Russell Weaver. 2016. Palliative planning in an American shrinking city - some thoughts and preliminary policy analysis, Community Development . 48(3):436-450.
  • Russell Weaver. 2015. Critical sustainabilities: Negotiating sustainability’s discursive maze in the classroom, The Journal of Geography . 114(6):223-234.
  • Russell Weaver, Chris Holtkamp. 2015. Geographical theories of neighborhood change: from evolutionary theory to political economy…and back? , Geography Compass . 9:286-302.
  • Russell Weaver. 2015. The partisan geographies of sincere crossover voting behavior: evidence from North Carolina, The Professional Geographer . 67(2):145-153.
  • Russell Weaver. 2014. Evolutionary analysis of neighborhood decline using multilevel selection theory, Annals of the American Association of Geographers . 104(4):765-783.
  • Russell Weaver. 2013. Re-framing the urban blight problem with trans-disciplinary insights from ecological economics, Ecological Economics . 90:168-176.


  • Russell Weaver, Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen, Jason Knight, Amy Frazier. 2016. Shrinking cities: understanding urban decline in the United States, 1st edition. Routledge, 2016.

Book Chapters

  • Russell Weaver. 2017. Growth, development, and housing stock quality in the administrative Appalachian region. Routledge, 2017. Don Albrecht, Scott Loveridge, Stephan Goetz & Rachel Wellborn.
  • Russell Weaver, Joshua Dyck. 2013. New York redistricting in action: legislative inaction and judicial enaction. Lexington Books, 2013. William J. Miller and Jeremy D. Walling. (395-422)

Professional Activities

  • Presented to ILR School. Virtual. 2022.
  • Engaging the future of housing in the Buffalo-Niagara region: A preliminary exploration of challenges that lie ahead. Presented to LISC WNY. Remote/virtual. 2021.
  • Canalside Community Alliance’s Campaign for High Road Economic Development – Buffalo. Presented to International Labor and Employment Relations Association. Toronto - virtual meeting. 2020.
  • Canalside Community Alliance (CSCA) in Buffalo: High Road Economic Development for Living Wage Jobs. Presented to CRIMT - Centre de Recherche Interuniversitaire sur la Mondialisation et le Travail . Magog, Quebec. 2019.