Iryna Lendel

Iryna Lendel

Senior Director of Regional Economic and Community Development

Iryna V. Lendel is the Senior Director of Regional Economic and Community Development at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.  As a director, she identifies projects that bridge research and policy worlds with practical applications to local and regional economies.

Before coming to the Institute, Lendel was a research associate professor of economic development at Cleveland State University and the Director of the Center for Economic Development, based in the university’s Levin College of Urban Affairs. She earned a Ph.D. in economics from the Lviv Regional Institute of the Ukrainian Academy of Science and a second Ph.D. in economic development from Cleveland State.

Lendel has published research in economic development and energy policy and serves as an assistant editor of the journal Economic Development Quarterly. She has produced more than 100 professional reports and has been an invited speaker to more than 40 national and international seminars and conferences over the last ten years.

As a consultant, Lendel has worked with organizations, including the World Bank and the Research Triangle Institute. She speaks four languages and has been named both a Fulbright Research Scholar and a Fulbright New Century Scholar.


  • Regional economics, economic development strategies, regional growth
  • Industry study: clusters, supply chain, and customer chain
  • University-industry collaboration and technology transfer
  • Ecology of entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Sustainable planning and energy policy
  • The role of universities in regional economies
  • Economic impact modeling

Research Highlights

Pasha, O., Wyczalkowski, C., Sohrabian, D., Lendel, I. 2020. "Transit Effect on poverty, employment, and rent in Cuyahoga County, Ohio." Transport Policy, Vol. 88, 33-41.

Lendel, Iryna, and Haifeng Qian. 2016. "Inside the Great Recession: University Products and Regional Economic Development." Growth and Change. First published online: 5 FEB 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/grow.12151.

Lendel, Iryna. 2010. "Impact of Research Universities on Regional Economies through the Concept of University Products." Economic Development Quarterly. Vol. 24(3), 210-230.

Feldman, Maryann P., and Iryna Lendel. 2010. "Under the Lens: The Geography of Optical Science as an Emerging Industry." Economic Geography. Vol. 86(2), 147-171.

Hill, Edward W., and Iryna Lendel. 2007. "The impact of the reputation of bio-life science and engineering doctoral programs on regional economic development." Economic Development Quarterly. Vol. 21(3), 223-243.

Feldman, Maryann, and Iryna Lendel. 2011. "The Emerging Industry Puzzle: Optics Unplugged." Chapter in Beyond Territory: Dynamic Geographies of Knowledge Creation, Diffusion, and Innovation. Routledge, London and New York, pp. 107-148.

Lendel, Iryna V., Philip Allen, and Maryann Feldman. 2009. "University-Based Economic Growth." Chapter in International Handbook of Higher Education. Tight, M., J. Huisman, K.-H. Mok, and C. Morphew, Eds. Routledge, London and New York, pp. 381-396.

Hill, Edward W., and Iryna Lendel. 2005. "Did 9/11 change Manhattan and the New York region as places to conduct business?" Chapter in Resilient City: The Economic Impact of 9/11. Russell Sage Foundation, New York, pp.23-61.

Lendel, Iryna, Jack Yochum, Madeline Frantz, and Georgina Figueroa. 2022. "Resource Gaps for Minority Entrepreneurs: Toledo Business Survey and Interviews Findings." Urban Publications. 0 1 2 3 1774.

Lendel, Iryna, Ityna Demko, Georgina Figueroa, and Matthew Saneda. 2022. "The Impact of Covid-19 on Ohio's Supply Chain." Urban Publications. 0 1 2 3 1777.

Lendel, Iryna, and Georgina Guadalupe Figueroa. 2022. "The NASA John H. Glenn Research Center: An Economic Impact Study Fiscal Year 2021." Urban Publications. 0 1 2 3 1772.

Lendel, Iryna, Georgina Guadalupe Figueroa, Iryna Demko, and Jack Yochum. 2022. "COVID-19 Impact on the Economic Vitality Index of Ohio’s 88 Counties." Urban Publications. 0 1 2 3 1756.

Lendel, Iryna V., and Mike Naso. 2021. "Manufacturing in the 21st Century." Urban Publications. 0 1 2 3 1751.

Lendel, Iryna V., Merissa Piazza, Molly Schnoke, Jinhee Yun, and Nra Walsh. 2020.  "Moving Cleveland Above the Trend: Benchmarking Regional Performance (Report)." Urban Publications. 0 1 2 3 1677.

Demko, Iryna, Meerissa Piazza, and Lendel, Iryna V. 2020. "NEO GRIDs Performance in 2020." Urban Publications. 0 1 2 3 1671.