Charles French

TEAM LEADER
Faculty Affiliate
Phone: (603) 862-0316
Office: Cooperative Extension, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824
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Charlie leads UNH Cooperative Extension’s Community & Economic Development program, whose mission is to cultivate civic leaders; foster participation in community decision-making; revitalize downtowns; and help communities leverage resources to grow the local and regional economy. In his capacity as Program Leader, he works with his Extension colleagues to provide civic leaders with training, educational resources, and technical assistance in community engagement, economic development, leadership development, and community-based natural resources stewardship.

As an Extension Associate Professor in Community and Economic Development, he brings his applied experience to the classroom in UNH’s Masters in Development Policy & Practice program, where he teaches a course in land and resource use conflict. His current research is focused on civic agriculture and tracking the long-term impacts of community development efforts.

Before joining UNH Extension, Charlie was an Economic Development Educator for the University of Illinois Extension. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Panama, where he taught conservation principles and sustainable agriculture techniques to school-age youth and subsistence farmers. Charlie has a B.A. in Geography from Dartmouth College, an M.A. in Regional Planning from Western Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources Policy from UNH.

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Charlie French is Master in Public Policy and Master in Community Development Policy and Practice faculty as well as a Faculty Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy. As a program team leader in community and economic development for UNH Cooperative Extension, Dr. French leads a team of Extension staff to provide individuals, businesses, and communities with training, educational resources, and technical assistance in the areas of business and economic development, civic engagement , leadership development, and community-based natural resources stewardship. From 1999-2001, he was an economic development educator for the University of Illinois Extension, and from 1995-1997 he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Panama, where he taught conservation principles and sustainable agriculture techniques to school-age youth and to subsistence farmers.

Charlie brings his applied experience into the classroom as a faculty member in Masters in Community Development Policy and Practice Program, where he teaches coursework in managing complex natural resource conflicts and challenges. Charlie received a BA in geography from Dartmouth College, an MA in geography and regional planning from Western Illinois University, and his doctorate in natural resources and earth systems sciences from the University of New Hampshire.

Education

  • Ph.D., Natural Resources/Conservation, University of New Hampshire
  • M.A., Geography, Western Illinois University
  • B.A., Geography, Dartmouth College

Courses Taught

  • DPP 952: Balancing Resource Management

Selected Publications

Giraud, K. L., French, C., & Ward, S. (n.d.). Building Wealth through Ownership: Resident-Owned Manufactured Housing Communities in New Hampshire. Journal of Extension.

Ward, S., French, C., & Cullen, K. (n.d.). Resident-Owned Manufactured Home Communities in New Hampshire. National Association of Housing Cooperatives, 2006.

Ward, S., French, C., & Giraud, K. L. (n.d.). The Effect of Cooperative Ownership on Appreciation of Manufactured Housing. Cooperative Housing Journal, (2005/2006).