The Emery Castle Chair in Resource and Rural Economics

OSU Professor Emeritus Emery Castle, a leading authority in rural and resource economics, is the inspiration for the chair.

Professor Castle made the initial gift toward establishing a chair in resource and rural economics to ensure that OSU could attract and retain a top expert in a field that is so important to rural communities in Oregon and nationwide. Supporters, including many of Castle’s colleagues and former students, have helped raise nearly $1 million, enabling the start of the chair.

Castle had a 53-year career at OSU and on state and national policy and research boards, including a 10-year stint as vice president and then president of Resources for the Future, the Washington D.C. think-tank on issues dealing with natural resources and the environment.

At OSU, his many accomplishments include serving as the head of Agricultural Economics, the Dean of the Graduate School, and the Dean of Faculty. Even after retiring in 1992, Prof. Castle continued to lead. He has acted as director of OSU’s Rural Studies Program, a multi-disciplinary program that he helped initiate.

Castle is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Agricultural Economics Association. He is a recipient of an honorary doctorate for Iowa State University.


Junjie Wu

Professor JunJie Wu was named the first holder of the Emery Castle Chair in Resource and Rural Economics in May 2005.

Dr. Wu’s research areas include the optimal design of conservation, environmental, and agricultural policy; interactions between agricultural production and environmental quality; land use economics and policy; and the rural-urban interface.

Wu has attracted national attention and funding to OSU. His research was selected for a national research initiative program to analyze the effect of infrastructure development, such as construction of roads and communication facilities, on rural communities in the United States. He has published extensively in these areas, including more than 40 refereed journal articles.

Wu has received several national level awards for his high quality of research, including the 2002 American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) Quality of Research Discovery Award, the 2002 Canadian Agricultural Economics Society Outstanding Journal Article Award (honorable mention), and the 2004 Western Agricultural Economics Association Outstanding Published Research Award. He was named a 2008 Fulbright Scholar and holds an adjunct appointment as Senior Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University.

Prior to his arrival at OSU in 1997, Wu worked as an associate scientist at Iowa State University and a research associate at Oklahoma State University. He received his bachelor’s in Mathematics from Henan Normal University in China, his graduate degree in business economics from the Yellow River University in China, and his doctorate in agricultural economics from the University of Connecticut.


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