Areas of Interest
Community and Economic Development, Deindustrialization, Natural Resource Extraction, Shrinking Cities, Marginalized Communities, Rural Studies

Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning
Urban and Regional Planning


/ PhD Student

Katelynn Conedera

Katelynn is a PhD student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.  She was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area and was the 7th generation in her family to live on the family farm.  Because of her experience growing up in a part of Pennsylvania impacted by both deindustrialization and natural resource extraction, she is especially interested in researching specific community and economic development challenges as they apply to smaller communities outside of the urban core.

Before moving to Michigan to start her doctoral education, Katelynn pursued an MS in Community Development and Applied Economics from the University of Vermont.  Her thesis research revolved around the perceptions of renewable energy projects in Vermont and consumer attitudes regarding biodigesters on dairy farms in the state.  She also received a BS in Community, Environment, and Development and a BA in English from the Pennsylvania State University. There, she participated in research surrounding the economic and social implications of fracking in Pennsylvania communities.

Selected publications

  • Conedera, K. (2016). Book review: The Unnatural History of the Sea by Callum Roberts. Community, Environment, and Development Undergraduate Research Journal, 3, 1-6.