Faculty and Staff

Iryna Lendel, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor and Interim Director
Center for Economic Development
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs

Ofiice Location: UR355
Phone: 216-875-9967
Email: i.lendel@csuohio.edu



Dr. Iryna Lendel is a Research Associate Professor and the Interim Director of the Center for Economic Development at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. Iryna is an economist with vast experience conducting academic and applied research and analyzing regional and industry economic development. Her research portfolio includes projects on industrial analysis, including high-tech industries, the oil and gas industry, steel industry and re-emerging optics industry; regional growth; technology-based economic development; technology transfer and ecology of innovation. She also writes on economic impact and the role of universities in regional economies.

Dr. Lendel is also affiliated with the Center for Energy Policy and Applications. She conducts research in energy policy and best management practices for water use sectors. Dr. Lendel was a principal co-investigator on a project assessing the economic impact of the Utica Shale development on the state of Ohio and water withdrawal by industries in Ohio. Dr. Lendel has been a consultant to the World Bank, Research Triangle Institute and CRDF Global’s Technology Entrepreneurship Program. She is an assistant editor of Economic Development Quarterly and a Member of Editorial Board of International Shale Gas and Oil Journal.

Dr. Lendel earned her master's degree with honors from Ivano-Frankivsk Institute of Oil and Gas (Ukraine). After graduating from the Moscow Academy of Oil and Gas's Post-Graduate Course, she earned her Ph.D. in Economics at the Lviv Regional Institute of Ukrainian Academy of Science. She earned a second Ph.D. in Urban Studies from the Levin College of Urban Affairs with a concentration in Economic Development. Dr. Lendel is a Fulbright Scholar.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Industrial analyses and regional industry clusters
  • Regional growth
  • Public policies on technology-based economic development
  • Energy industries and public policy
  • The role of universities in regional economies
  • Arts and economic growth
  • Economic impact studies