Alan Spell

Alan Spell


Assistant Extension Professor

Division of Applied Social Sciences

Research at a glance

Area(s) of Expertise

Research Summary

Spell's research focuses on applied industry and economic development studies. His work includes economic impact studies, industry and labor market analysis, and rural economy research.

Alan Spell is an Assistant Extension Professor within the Division of Applied Social Sciences. He specializes in economic and industry research for MU Extension’s Exceed program. Spell’s work includes publishing the monthly Missouri Economy Indicator briefs, conducting broadband studies and industry economic impact analyses, and providing data training.

Prior to 2020, Spell led the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC). He and his staff provided economic and workforce analysis to policymakers and the public. Spell is a certified Economic Research Professional and holds degrees in economics and landscape architecture. He has worked in economic development research for over 25 years.

Educational background

  • M.S. Landscape Architecture, University of Georgia, 1995
  • B.S. Economics, University of South Carolina, 1991