Gordon McCord is an Assistant Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego. His research focuses on understanding the changing role of geography in economic development.
Current projects include using weather to model the effect of malaria on child mortality and fertility behavior; using economic geography to study agricultural growth and structural change; understanding the role of geography in Chinese city growth; and modeling the role of physical geography on the timing of economic takeoff around the world. Gordon’s public health research includes financial modeling of primary health care systems in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as modeling the effects of climate change on the burden of malaria. Gordon McCord completed his Ph.D. degree in Sustainable Development from Columbia University in May 2011. Prior to graduate school, Gordon studied poverty traps, foreign aid, and poverty reduction strategies in his position as special assistant to Jeffrey Sachs at the Earth Institute and at the UN Millennium Project.