B.A. 1985 Utah State University; M.A. 1992 and Ph.D. 1996 University of Colorado- Boulder.
Current research interests include environment and society, land use and transportation planning, sustainable development, and Africa.
Phone: (801) 626-6944
Courses Taught at Weber State University
GEOGR PS 1000 Natural Environments of the Earth
GEOGR SS/DV 1300 Places & Peoples of the World
GEOGR 3060 World Environmental Issues
GEOGR 3500 Geography of Utah
GEOGR 3740 Geography of Africa
GEOGR 4410 Land Use Planning Techniques and Practices
GEOGR 4420 Advanced Planning Techniques
GEOGR 4950 Advanced Regional Field Studies
GEOGR 4990 Senior Research Seminar
Land use and transportation planning:
Most recent research has focused on inadequacies of parking requirements and mass transit incentive programs. He is also interested in researching the impacts of urban and suburban growth on farmers, agricultural land use practices (Wasatch Front, Utah), and open space preservation mitigation measures.
Research in this area focuses on the cultural, socio-economic, and environmental aspects of development, particularly agricultural development. He continues to study sustainable development based on field work from the Kirinyaga District, in Central Province, Kenya where he surveyed smallholder farmers in an effort to better understand the dynamics of scale of production for diversified, low-external input agricultural production.
Currently involved in developing service-learning partnerships with local agencies that deal with land use planning issues. Much of the course material emerging from this work focuses on sustainable land use practices.
Dorsey, B., in press, Mass transit trends and the role of unlimited access in transportation demand management, Journal of Transportation Geography.
Dorsey, B., 2001, Linking theories of service-learning and undergraduate geography education, Journal of Geography 100: 124-132.
Dorsey, B., 1999, Agricultural intensification, diversification, and commercial production among smallholder coffee growers in central Kenya, Economic Geography 75 (2): 178-195.