Charles French

Faculty Affiliate
Phone: (603) 862-0316
Office: Cooperative Extension, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Charles A French

Charlie leads UNH Cooperative Extension’s Community & Economic Development program, whose mission is to cultivate civic leaders; foster participation in community decision-making; revitalize downtowns; and help communities leverage resources to grow the local and regional economy. In his capacity as Program Leader, he works with his Extension colleagues to provide civic leaders with training, educational resources, and technical assistance in community engagement, economic development, leadership development, and community-based natural resources stewardship.

As an Extension Associate Professor in Community and Economic Development, he brings his applied experience to the classroom in UNH’s Masters in Development Policy & Practice program, where he teaches a course in land and resource use conflict. His current research is focused on civic agriculture and tracking the long-term impacts of community development efforts.

Before joining UNH Extension, Charlie was an Economic Development Educator for the University of Illinois Extension. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Panama, where he taught conservation principles and sustainable agriculture techniques to school-age youth and subsistence farmers. Charlie has a B.A. in Geography from Dartmouth College, an M.A. in Regional Planning from Western Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources Policy from UNH.


  • Ph.D., Natural Resources/Conservation, University of New Hampshire
  • M.A., Geography, Western Illinois University
  • B.A., Geography, Dartmouth College

Selected Publications

Ward, S., French, C., & Cullen, K. (n.d.). Resident-Owned Manufactured Home Communities in New Hampshire. National Association of Housing Cooperatives, 2006.

Ward, S., French, C., & Giraud, K. L. (n.d.). The Effect of Cooperative Ownership on Appreciation of Manufactured Housing. Cooperative Housing Journal, (2005/2006).

Giraud, K. L., French, C., & Ward, S. (n.d.). Building Wealth through Ownership: Resident-Owned Manufactured Housing Communities in New Hampshire. Journal of Extension.