Owen Furuseth

UNC Charlotte
Associate Provost for Metropolitan Studies and Extended Academic Programs Professor of Geography Department of Geography and Earth Sciences


Owen J. Furuseth is Associate Provost for Metropolitan Studies and Extended Academic Programs, and Professor of Geography at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to joining the UNC Charlotte faculty, Furuseth was employed as an urban and regional planner in Florida and a planning educator in Oregon. Since 1997, he has served as the Principal Investigator for the City of Charlotte Neighborhood Quality of Life Studies.


Ph.D. Geography, Oregon State University, 1978

M.A. Geography, East Carolina University, 1973

B.A. Geography and Urban and Regional Planning, East Carolina University, 1971

Fulbright Senior Research Scholar, University of Auckland, NZ, 1993

NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship, Simon Fraser University, 1981


Furuseth’s current research interests are centered around community planning, especially social and community change associated with Latino immigration.  With fellow UNC Charlotte geographer, Heather Smith, Owen co-edited Latinos in the New South: Transformations of Place (Ashgate, 2006). He has also co-edited Rural Housing, Exurbanization, and Amenity-Driven Development (Ashgate, 2010).


  • ui.uncc.edu
    Mar 20, 2014
    Charlotte attracts new residents, both domestic and international, from across the socioeconomic spectrum. The data do not bear out the popular image of immigrants as poor and confined to low-wage jobs. As a result, policies are shifting from facilitating access to city services to educating the community about the ways immigrant communities help move the city forward. (Photo: Nancy Pierce)
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Sep 05, 2013
    We are finally seeing the long-awaited economic recovery slowly build momentum in the Charlotte region. What can we do to better position our area for sustained economic growth and positive change? We must work to actively attract capital, entrepreneurs, and innovators from around the world. (Photo: Mary Newsom)
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Sep 30, 2010
    Community leaders and urban analysts have long recognized that vibrant, sustainable neighborhoods are critical for successful cities.  During the 1990’s, the City of Charlotte initiated an innovative framework of neighborhood focused renewal and planning.  This approach targets...