Fulbright Scholar

Global Reach:

SPPD Professor Tapped as Fulbright Scholar

Peter Robertson

USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development Associate Professor Peter Robertson was one of three university faculty members who have been selected as Fulbright Scholars for 2009-10.

Each year, the Fulbright program awards approximately 7,500 grants to academics and educators, allowing them to study, teach and conduct research in more than 125 countries.

Robertson spent four months in Brazil, where his research focused on the development of a network of people and organizations interested in promoting the sustainable development of tourism in Rio de Janeiro.

While in Rio, he was the instructor for SPPD’s International Planning and Development Laboratory. Twenty-six graduate students spent two weeks there focusing on the topic of sustainable tourism.

Robertson did a case study of RedeTuris, a sustainable tourism network, as an example of collaborative governance. The term refers to an array of networks established for individuals to approach a particular policy issue.

The Fulbright program was established by Congress in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas.

It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which works with private nonprofit organizations in the United States and with U.S. embassies to administer the program.

Since 1947, the program has awarded nearly 45,000 grants to support teaching and research in countries around the world.

Allen Azizian, adjunct assistant professor of psychology at USC College, and Guilbert C. Hentschke, USC Rossier School of Education professor, were the other two USC faculty members who were named Fulbright Scholars.