Randall Cantrell, PhD
Housing and Community Development
3008C McCarty Hall D
Phone: (352) 273-3554
Dr. Cantrell is researcher and educator who focuses on helping homeowners, homebuilders, and product manufacturers understand housing markets and related issues. His diversified background enables him to approach issues from perspectives of engineering, teaching, economics, community development, marketing science, and housing research. He has extensive experience working as a housing government contractor with the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Energy, and Agriculture to improve housing and building products. He also has conducted research in the area of biomass utilization, especially as it relates to construction applications.
Dr. Cantrell is currently a co-PI on a CSREES AFRI grant where he is researching differences between how green-certified homebuilders use eco-friendly building products compared to traditional builders and specifiers.
Dr. Cantrell provides extension services as well as traditional academic research in the areas of Housing and Community Development. One of his broad goals is to assist homeowners in understanding how changes to each system within a home (e.g., HVAC) impact the various other systems within the home. Another of his broad goals is to demonstrate the importance of linkages within communities that are based on a foundation of the traditional family home and its impact on the success of student education.