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Katelynn Conedera

Current Student—Ph.D in Urban and Regional Planning

Katelynn Conedera

Email: conedera@umich.edu

Advisor: Scott Campbell

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


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.

Selected Presentations:

  • Conedera, K. (2018). Implications of Vermont’s pioneering compost mandate: A case study of community participation. Presented at the 2018 Penn State Rural Studies Conference.
  • Conedera, K. (2018). Willingness-to-pay for community biodigesters and compost removal services: A case study in Vermont. Presented at the 2018 University of Vermont Student Research Conference.

Fellowships and Awards:

  • Student Marshal and Valedictorian, Penn State College of Agriculture, 2016
  • Graduate Student Fellowship, University of Vermont, 2017-2019
  • Eden Hall Fellowship (Declined), Chatham University, 2017-2018
  • Doctoral Student Fellowship, University of Michigan, 2019-2023
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