Georgia Tech combines manufacturing policy with a variety of fields ranging from public policy to economic geography to industrial and systems engineering. This interdisciplinary approach gives Georgia Tech faculty and researchers a unique perspective on the current state of U.S. manufacturing and its role in the global economy. Georgia Tech faculty have provided guidance to policymakers and governments around the world.

This multi-scalar and multi-disciplinary approach to manufacturing policy allows Georgia Tech faculty to see beyond traditional boundaries and to better understand where policy interventions can develop, support, and sustain a resilient manufacturing base.

Areas of Expertise:

Structure and Governance of Innovation Systems

(School of Public Policy)

  • Regional Innovation Systems (firm networks and institutional infrastructure)
  • National Innovation Systems
  • Research Centers and their role in science and technology policy

Manufacturing and Cities

(School of Public Policy and School of City and Regional Planning)

  • Industrial Retention
  • BRAC, Base Closures, and Restructuring Strategies
  • Energy Efficiency, and Retrofitting for the Built Environment
  • Neighborhood-based Economic Development
  • Brownfield Redevelopment

Supply Chain Analysis for Policy

(School of Industrial & System Engineering, School of Public Policy, Enterprise Innovation Institute)

  • Industry-level Analysis (automotive, aerospace, photonics, textiles, medical devices)
  • Sectoral Analysis (energy, defense)
  • Firm-level Analysis (firm strategies for supply chain management)
  • Policy Analysis (related to onshoring/offshoring dynamics)

Industry Analysis for Economic Development

(School of Public Policy and Enterprise Innovation Institute)

  • Industry Clusters (identification and policy strategies)
  • Workforce Development