FUJIA LU IS DIRECTOR OF WCU'S
NEW POLLING, RESEARCH CENTER
Fujia Lu (standing), director of polling and research activities for Western's newly launched Institute for the Economy and the Future, works with Jeff Zelenka (seated), the institute's social research associate.
CULLOWHEE – Fujia Lu, who formerly held senior research positions at Pinkerton Computer Consultants and the University of Texas, is the new director of polling and research activities for Western Carolina University's Institute for the Economy and the Future.
As director of the IEF's Research, Rapid Survey and Polling Center, Lu is leading a survey research unit concentrating on overnight polling, analysis and focused survey research designed to meet the quick-turn-around demands of public and private clients, and conducting long-range research projects and economic impact analyses.
“Dr. Lu is responsible for organizing, training and establishing the polling team, and enabling the polling center to be a key player in the process of public policy making on regional economic development issues,” said IEF director Paul Evans. “In addition to experience in survey research, he has research interests in topics such as strategy of economic development, voting behavior, bureaucratic corruption and international political economy.”
Lu received his master of science degree in policy economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990 and his doctorate in political science from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000. While at Texas, he was senior research associate for the university's Thomas Rivera Policy Institute, working on such Latino population public policy issues as gender, race and ethnicity, immigration, social welfare and voting behavior.
At Pinkerton Computer Consultants, Lu served as senior research analyst and worked on a variety of demographic and educational survey data projects, including statistical analysis for the National Center for Education Statistics annual publication “Condition of Education 2000.”
Formerly known as the Center for Regional Development, the IEF conducts research, policy analysis, polling and surveys, and employment trend analysis, and crafts policy at the state and regional levels to foster growth and innovation and promote economic development. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/ief/ .