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Roberto Gallardo

Roberto Gallardo

Senior Associate & Advisor

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Roberto Gallardo is the Vice President for Engagement and an Associate Professor in the Agricultural Economics Department. He holds an electronics engineering undergraduate degree, a master’s in economic development, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration. Gallardo has worked with rural communities over the past decade conducting local & regional community economic development, including use of technology for development.

He has authored more than 100 articles including peer-reviewed and news-related regarding rural trends, socioeconomic analysis, industrial clusters, the digital divide, and leveraging broadband applications for community economic development. He is also the author of the book “Responsive Countryside: The Digital Age & Rural Communities,” which highlights a 21st century community development model that helps rural communities transition to, plan for, and prosper in the digital age. Dr. Gallardo is a TEDx speaker and his work has been featured in a WIRED magazine article, a MIC.com documentary, and a RFDTV documentary.

Authored news

The Rural Urban Continuum Code: What Changed?

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) has been compiling a rural urban continuum code (RUCC) every ten years since 1983. This continuum distinguishes metropolitan and…

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A “Reverse” Digital Divide in Indiana?

The state of Indiana—like all other states and territories—is in the middle of a digital equity planning process. This plan is required for the state to access future capacity building…

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How Affordable Is Home Broadband Service?

Written by Roberto Gallardo and Benjamin St. Germain. Affordability of home internet service is among the top barriers to reduce the digital divide across the country and in Indiana. In…

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