Professor Michael Luger

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Position: Director of CID
Academic unit: Innovation, Management and Policy


Michael Luger assumed the directorship of Manchester Business School on January 1, 2007. Prior, he was Professor of Public Policy, Business and Planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with appointments on the entrepreneurship faculty of the Kenan-Flagler Business School and in the College of Arts and Sciences. He had served as founding chairman of the consolidated programme in Public Policy, founding director of the University's Centre for Competitive Economies, and the Carl H. Pegg Professor of City and Regional Planning. Professor Luger also taught on the Economics faculties at Duke University and the University of Maryland. He has been a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar (New Zealand), a Reynolds Fellow, and a USIA Fellow (Bulgaria). He was also a visiting professor at Witschaftsuniversit a t Wien. Professor Luger received his AB (architecture and planning) and MPA from Princeton University, and his MCP (planning) and Ph.D. (economics) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Luger was a professional officer at the Greater London Council in the 1970s, and the director of a planning agency in his native Pennsylvania. He has served on the boards of several major public sector and not-for-profit organisations, including chairman of a regional transportation authority and board of adjustment in North Carolina, as well as on many state and national boards and commissions. He has been a consultant and adviser to national, state, regional and local governments throughout the world, and to major multi-national corporations. He also is immediate past president of the membership group of the Association of Public Policy and Management.

Research Interests

Professor Luger has published over 100 refereed articles, chapters, and books. His chief research interests are in the application of science and technology to regional economic development, infrastructure planning and finance, and entrepreneurship and new enterprise development. He also has published widely in environmental impact and public policy. He is on the editorial boards of several major regional and public policy journals. And he has served on advisory panels for the National Research Council and National Science Foundation in the USA.

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  • Luger, M. I., Dabrowska, J., Ingram, G. (Ed.), & Hong, Y-H. (Ed.) (2013). Science Parks and Land Value Capture. In Land Value Capture. (pp. 233-260). Cambridge, MA: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy/Harvard University Press. . Publication link: c2731c55-fffb-4de8-b6ff-7fe018324c19


  • Luger, M., Maynard, N., & Martinez, J. (Ed.) (2007). The Role of Government in Regional Economic Government. In The Role of Government and Regional Economic Development. Forthcoming. . Publication link: 77f519eb-60b2-480c-89fb-fcb6e2a2ac4c
  • Luger, M., & Shane, S. (Ed.) (2007). Smart Places for Smart People: using cluster-based planning in the 21st century. In Creating Enterprise: Igniting Innovation through Business-University-Government Networks. Edward Elgar. . Publication link: 75ee03fa-e840-4a80-90bd-5fccded176e0
  • Luger, M., & Bae, S. (2007). Speaking Falsehoods to Power: The Misguided Use of 'Cost-of-Doing-Business' Studies in Economic Development. Review of Regional Studies. . Publication link: d0d5a0d8-7dbd-46c0-baba-82a9051c7f8e


  • Luger, M., & Goldstein, H. A. (2006). Research Parks Redux: The Changing Landscape of the Garden. US Economic Development Administration.. Publication link: 773ca7e9-2268-4c02-850a-514190b533cf


  • Luger, M., & Geva-May, I. (Ed.) (2005). Balancing Pedagogy: supplementing cases with policy simulations in public affairs education. In Thinking Like a Policy Analyst. Kluwer. . Publication link: 622965a0-9afb-4dd2-bbbf-4d7cf3518b11


  • Luger, M. (2003). Discussion of Consortia in Technology Development. In Securing the Future: Regional and National Programs to Support the Semiconductor Industry. National Academies Press. . Publication link: 1850ff00-7ab4-4bec-9e9f-ca670e9339fc


  • Luger, M., Steward, L., & Traxler, J. (2002). Identifying Technology Infrastructure Needs in America's Distressed Communities: a focus on information and communications technology. US Economic Development Administration.. Publication link: a6b54888-24dd-4cdc-b4dd-b153889103d5


  • Luger, M. (2001). Introduction: Information Technology and Regional Economic Development. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research & Practice. . Publication link: db213095-e501-4315-a0fd-84f843037c23
  • Luger, M. (2001). Innovations in Environmental Finance: an electronic text for the new millennium. Environmental Finance Centre.. Publication link: fa889b62-f197-4d36-91b8-649e30cf2d4e
  • Luger, M., & Traxler, J. (2001). Businesses and the Internet: consequences of IT for location and clustering. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research & Practice. . Publication link: 05a2bc87-9f43-4c0f-ab21-b92f5148fb38


  • Luger, M., & Wessner, C. (Ed.) (2000). Science and Technology Parks at the Millennium: concept, history, and metrics. In Transforming Ames into a Commercially Viable Research Center. National Academies Press. . Publication link: 1d9d81b8-4e17-4132-beeb-121e954554d5