L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Sarin Adhikari, Ph.D.

Sarin Adhikari

Research economist

Kearney House, Room 308 Phone: (804) 828-1989 Email: sadhikari@vcu.edu


  • Regional economic development
  • Metropolitan governance
  • Formal modeling and GIS


Ph.D. Urban and Public Affairs, University of Louisville

M.Sc. Urban Planning, Tribhuvan University (Nepal)

B. Arch., Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (India)

Research Interests:

Metropolitan fragmentation; Inter-local cooperation; regional economic growth; new urbanism and core city revitalization.


Sarin is a research associate at the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA@VCU). His work focuses on effectiveness of local economic development policies, and metropolitan land use projections.  He holds a Ph.D. in urban and public affairs from the University of Louisville where he was recognized with an award of outstanding dissertation in urban affairs. Prior to joining CURA@VCU, Sarin worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Urban Studies Institute of the University of Louisville, and also briefly as an instructor at the Department of Political Science in the same university.  He also holds a master’s of science in urban planning and a bachelor’s degree in architecture,  and has spent nearly a decade designing and managing architectural projects.

Selected Publications:

Savitch, Hank V. and Sarin Adhikari. 2016. “Fragmented Regionalism: Why Metropolitan America Continues to Splinter.” Urban Affairs Review, online version published in April 2016.

DOI: 10.1177/1078087416630626. 

Kelly, J. M., and Sarin Adhikari. 2013. “Indicators of Financial Condition in Pre- and Post-Merger Louisville.” Journal of Urban Affairs 35 (5): 553-567.