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Office hours: Professor Gordon McCord

Gordon McCord at his desk

The GPS faculty member opens up about some of the dearest objects that adorn his office, painting a picture of his professional backstory and personal interests

By Rachel Hommel | GPS News


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A humanitarian and policy advocate, Gordon McCord’s office displays a rich background highlighting his work on economic development, public health and the environment. As a global leader, McCord’s office is adorned with a spread of disciplines, each with a unique memory.

Peek inside office hours and you will notice a passion for spatial data and analysis, exploring the role of geography in economic development. As a research affiliate at UC San Diego’s Policy Design and Evaluation Laboratory (PDEL), his office tells a story of modeling and data, particularly in the realm of health care systems.

Inspired by foreign aid and poverty reduction strategies, each object offers insight into his passion projects, from the United Nations Millennium Project to the mentors that inspired him along the way – working at the intersection of development economics, public health and the environment.

Hover over the images above for the big picture on his professional backstory and personal interests.