Doner’s academic work focuses on variation in economic development, especially upgrading and innovation, as a function of institutions (such as business associations and public-private sector networks), and politics (cabinet changes, resource endowments, crises). Although his geographical focus is Southeast Asia, the interaction of markets and institutions is relevant to U.S. cases, such as the emergence of an auto cluster in Greenville, SC. Doner’s civic involvement has included decade-long participation in a school mentoring program; organization of and participation in Emory activities related to citizenship, race, democracy and labor; and extensive participation in the 2000, 2004, and 2008 presidential campaigns, including the creation of a "speakers bureau" to engage rural Georgia voters.
In the News
Explores the recent creation of the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission (SCRC), the context in which it must operate, and the lessons it can learn from prior efforts. Highlights the critical role of defining and identifying distressed communities for the proper functioning of the commission, using Georgia as a critical case study. Presents a series of recommendations for the SCRC, each targeted at maximizing the commission's impact on the community and economic development throughout the region.