Gregory Veeck

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Gregory Veeck
Professor Emeritus
(269) 387-3420
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2114 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5424
Mailing address: 
Department of Geography, Environment, and Tourism
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5424 USA
  • Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1988
  • M.A., Purdue University, 1980
  • B.A., Denison University, 1977
Teaching interests: 
  • East Asia
  • Economic geography
  • Graduate and undergraduate research methods
  • Ecology and environment
Research interests: 
  • Agriculture in China, Korea and Japan
  • Rural economic development in East Asia
  • Rural environmental issues and small-scale farmers in East Asia and the United States

Dr. Gregory Veeck is a professor in the Department of Geography, Environment, and Tourism at Western Michigan University, specializing in economic geography, agriculture, rural development, and rural environmental and ecological issues.

Most of his international research is conducted in Asia, and he has lived and worked in China for almost seven years, beginning with a first visit of seven months to Taiwan in 1985. He has enduring research contacts with a number of research units and universities in China, including the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Beijing), Nanjing Agricultural University, Jilin University, Beijing Normal University and Sichuan Agricultural University.

Since the fall of 2008, he has served as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank on two agricultural development loan projects related to improvements to agricultural production systems and agricultural infrastructure (Projects Nos. 7311 and 7170) and on one World Bank Project in Shaanxi Province.

His research has been funded by the:

  • American Philosophical Society
  • Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Rural Development Institute)
  • Ford Foundation
  • Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program (1995-96)
  • Fulbright Scholars Program (2006-07)
  • Government of Japan
  • Lucia Harrison and Milton E. and Ruth M Scherer Funds (WMU Department of Geography)
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • National Geographic
  • National Science Foundation
  • Qingdao (China) Academy of Social Sciences
  • USDA
  • World Wildlife Fund

He has been awarded a number of fellowships from organizations including the:

Articles based on research projects have been published in:

  • Annals of the Association of American Geographers
  • Asian Geographer
  • Asia-Pacific Viewpoint
  • Chinese Environment and Development
  • Eurasian Geography and Economics
  • Economic Geography
  • Focus (American Geographical Society)
  • Geographical Review
  • Great Lakes Geographer
  • The Professional Geographer
  • World Development

Veeck won the 2018 College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Achievement Award in Research and Creative Activity.

Veeck's ResearchGate