John D. Kasarda

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Kasarda with Ekurhuleni mayor Mondli Gungubel
Dr. John D. Kasarda, Aerotropolis Institute China President photo
Dr. John D. Kasarda, Aerotropolis Institute China President photo
Dr. John D. Kasarda, Chief Advisor, Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone 2019
Dr. John D. Kasarda, Chief Advisor, Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone 2019

John D. Kasarda is an American academic and airport business consultant focused on aviation-driven economic development. He is a faculty member at the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School, the CEO of Aerotropolis Business Concepts LLC (an airport-economy consulting firm[1]) and the President of the Aerotropolis Institute in China.[2] He was the founding editor-in-chief of Logistics,[3] an open-access journal published by MDPI. Kasarda is often referred to as "father of the aerotropolis".[4][5][6]


Kasarda has a background in economics, business, and urban sociology, and has conducted research on urban form, organizational structure, airport development, and regional economic growth. He has written 10 books and over 150 published articles, many of which synthesize two or more of these topics.[citation needed]

From 1980 to 1990, he chaired UNC's Department of Sociology, where he held the position of Kenan Distinguished Professor.[7] In 1990, Kasarda moved to UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School as Kenan Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, and Director of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.[8] Over the following 22 years, he worked at the Institute for the study of entrepreneurship, regional economic development, and global competitiveness, and helped establish the Kenan Foundation Asia in Bangkok,[9] where he continues to serve on its board and executive committee.[10]

Kasarda stepped down from UNC's Kenan Institute directorship in 2012,[11] but maintained his Kenan-Flagler faculty position.[12] Much of his research and applied work since 2000 has addressed how aviation and airports impact the competitiveness and growth of firms, cities, and regions.[13][14] Kasarda developed what he has termed the "aerotropolis" model for the role of aviation and airports.[15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25] His theories and applied work were elaborated upon in a 2012 book Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next, co-authored with Greg Lindsay.[26] Kasarda has consulted on various aerotropolis developments around the world, though his most extensive efforts have been in China.[27][28][29][30]

Kasarda's model has its critics[31] including an organization called the Global Anti-Aerotropolis Movement.[32] Nevertheless, its application has been expanding internationally, such as in Amsterdam, Beijing, Dubai, and Johannesburg, Memphis, Paris, Sydney, and Zhengzhou.

Kasarda earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics from Cornell University in 1967, a Master of Business Administration in Organizational Theory from Cornell in 1968, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971.[33]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

  • In 2006, The New York Times selected Kasarda's aerotropolis concept as one of its "Ideas of the Year".[34]
  • In 2010, Brazil awarded the State of Minas Gerais Grande Medalha of Inconfidência to Kasarda[35][36] for his contributions to the Belo Horizonte Aerotropolis.[37]
  • In 2011, Time magazine named the airport-centered concept as one of the "10 Ideas that Will Change the World".[38]
  • In 2013, Future Cities magazine named Kasarda one of the Top 100 City Innovators Worldwide.[39]
  • In 2015, Kasarda received China's 1000 Foreign Talents[40][41] national award for his work as Chief Adviser to the Zhengzhou Airport Economic Zone, an "aerotropolis" covering 415 km2.[42][43][44][45][46]
  • In 2016, he was awarded the Yellow River prize for his airport economic development work in Henan Province.[47]
  • In 2019, he was recognized by the Hebei Provincial Government for his contributions to the planning and development of the Beijing Daxing International Airport Economy Zone.[48]


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  3. ^ "Logistics – Journal Editorial Board". Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute. Retrieved 2021-08-04.
  4. ^ "What's an Aerotropolis And Who Is John Kasarda?". The Urban Developer. 2016-06-14. Retrieved 2021-08-04.
  5. ^ Reese, Krista (2010-10-01). "Aerotropolis: Come Fly With Me". Georgia Trend Magazine. Retrieved 2021-08-04.
  6. ^ Shea, Bill (2008-08-22). "A conversation with: John Kasarda". Crain's Detroit Business. Retrieved 2021-08-04.
  7. ^ "The Daily Tar Heel from Chapel Hill, North Carolina". September 8, 1989. p. 4. Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  8. ^ "John Kasarda". UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  9. ^ "Jack Kasarda – Faculty Profile – Strategy and Entrepreneurship". UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  10. ^ "Kenan Institute Asia สถาบันคีนันแห่งเอเซีย – Dr. John D. Kasarda". Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  11. ^ "Kenan Institute appoints Joseph DeSimone as new director". College of Arts & Sciences. 2012-07-17. Retrieved 2021-08-05.
  12. ^ "Faculty in the American Association for the Advancement of Science". UNC Research. Retrieved 2021-08-04.
  13. ^ "The Age of Aerotropolis | endeavors". Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  14. ^ Kasarda, John. "McGraw Hill Financial | Gateway Airports: Commercial Magnets and Critical Business Infrastructure" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-02-05. Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  15. ^ "Logistics & the Rise of the Aerotropolis". Real Estate Issues: 43–48. Winter 2000–2001.
  16. ^ Kasarda, John D. (2000). "Aerotropolis: Airport-Driven Urban Development". ULI on the Future: Cities in the 21st Century. Washington, D.C.: Urban Land Institute.
  17. ^ Mihm, Stephen (December 10, 2006). "The 6th Annual Year in Ideas; The Aerotropolis". The New York Times Magazine.
  18. ^ Lindsay, Greg (July–August 2006). "Rise of the Aerotropolis". Fast Company.
  19. ^ England, Vaudine (March 16, 2006). "Free Flow: All the world's roads may lead to aerotropoli". International Herald Tribune.
  20. ^ "Aerotropolis' to Make a Major Impact on Commercial Development". EC&M. December 1, 2005. Archived from the original on July 20, 2006. Retrieved January 11, 2007.
  21. ^ "Business on the Fly". The Economist. November 24, 2005.
  22. ^ Nasser, Haya El (September 25, 2003). "New "cities" springing up around many U.S. airports". USA Today.
  23. ^ "Aerotropolis – Landing In The Heart Of 21st Century Urban Planning". 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  24. ^ Byrnes, Nanette (19 August 2007). "Home Is Where The Airport Is". Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  25. ^ Kasarda, John D. (2019), "Aerotropolis", The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies, American Cancer Society, pp. 1–7, doi:10.1002/9781118568446.eurs0436, ISBN 978-1-118-56844-6, S2CID 243453488, retrieved 2021-08-05
  26. ^ Kasarda, John; Lindsay, Greg (2012). Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. ISBN 978-0374533519.
  27. ^ "Aerotropolis Business Concepts". Retrieved 2015-08-27.
  28. ^ Hans, Edwin; Yin, Mike (December 2011). "Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next?" (PDF). Atlantis. 22 (3): 12–14. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  29. ^ "Real Estate Annual Finland 2011". Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  30. ^ "The Rise of the Aerotropolis". September 2010. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  31. ^ Charles, Michael B.; Barnes, Paul; Ryan, Neal; Clayton, Julia (2007-11-01). "Airport futures: Towards a critique of the aerotropolis model". Futures. 39 (9): 1009–1028. doi:10.1016/j.futures.2007.03.017.
  32. ^ "(no title)". Retrieved 2015-08-27. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)
  33. ^ Kasarda, John (May 2015). "CURRICULUM VITAE" (PDF). Carolina Population Center. Archived (PDF) from the original on February 7, 2022. Retrieved February 7, 2022.
  34. ^ Mihm, Stephen (December 10, 2006). "The Aerotropolis". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-11-29.
  35. ^ "DOEMG 20/04/2010 - Pg. 2 - Executivo | Diário Oficial do Estado de Minas Gerais | Diários Jusbrasil". Jusbrasil. Retrieved 2016-08-23.
  36. ^ "Tribunal de Justiça Militar do Estado de Minas Gerais - Presidente do TJMMG e juiz da 2ª instância recebem, neste momento, a Medalha da Inconfidência 2010". Retrieved 2016-08-23.
  37. ^ "Aerotrópole de Confins começa a atrair novos negócios". Hoje em dia. 16 June 2014. Retrieved 2016-08-23.
  38. ^ Iyer, Pico (March 17, 2011). "Think of Your Airport as a City — but Nicer – 10 Ideas That Will Change the World". Time.
  39. ^ "Future Cities Report - Top 100 City Innovators Worldwide".
  40. ^ Huang, Liang (2015-06-11). "我省引进的外国专家分别入选: 国家"外专千人计划"和"高端外国专家项目"". The People's Government of Henan Province. Henan Province Governmental Office. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  41. ^ "我省引进外国专家入选第五批"外专千人计划"". 河南省外国专家局. Henan Administration of Foreign Expert Affairs. 2015-06-18. Archived from the original on 2016-09-17. Retrieved 2016-09-05.
  42. ^ "Around China: American professor helps develop aerotropolis in C". China Daily. 11 July 2013. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  43. ^ "Aerotropolitan ambitions". The Economist. ISSN 0013-0613. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  44. ^ Jaggi, Rohit (2015-05-26). "Aerotropolis economic zones brace for take-off". Financial Times. ISSN 0307-1766. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  45. ^ Powell, David (May 26, 2015). "'Aero-tropolis' grows near city". South China Morning Post. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  46. ^ Kasarda, John (November 2015). "China's Dynamic Airport Economic Zone". Site Selection: 74–77. Retrieved August 23, 2016.
  47. ^ "CAPA Global Airport Leaders' Forum 2018". Retrieved 2021-08-05.
  48. ^ "约翰·卡萨达(John Kasarda) - 河北省科技厅". Hebei Provincial Department of Science & Technology. 2021-05-15. Archived from the original on 2021-08-05. Retrieved 2021-07-01.

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