Author Tags: Geography

Dean of Arts at Simon Fraser University for two consecutive five-year terms, geographer John Pierce is the author of, or contributor to:

Agricultural Land in an Urban Society (AAG Resource Publications in Geography, 1982) with O.J. Furuseth.

The Food Resource (Longman, 1990, 1992)

Communities, Development, and Sustainability Across Canada. (UBC Press, 1999) with Anne Dale. Editors.

Reshaping of Rural Ecologies, Economies and Communities (SFU, 2000) with D. Prager and R. Smith (eds.). Proceedings from The IGU's Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems.

Promoting Community Economic Development for Forest-Based Communities (2000, SFU Community Economic Development Centre) with Mark Roseland. Executive Summary, Summary Report and Final Report.

Second Growth: Community Economic Development in Rural British Columbia (UBC Press, 2005) with S. Markey, K. Vodden, and M. Roseland.

[BCBW 2012]

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
Second Growth: Community Economic Development in Rural British Columbia

Second Growth
SFU Press Release (2005)

Four B.C. communities hard hit by tough economic times are getting back on their feet – call it second growth – by taking charge of their future economic development.

Working together with a team of researchers from SFU’s centre for sustainable community development, residents of Salmon Arm, 100 Mile House, and First Nations communities at Bella Coola and Lillooet re-examined their economic needs and developed their own visions and strategies. Those efforts and the rationale behind them are detailed in a new book, Second Growth, Community Economic Development in Rural British Columbia, written by the SFU team.

“Rural communities in B.C. continue to face multiple pressures on their economies,” says co-author John Pierce, SFU’s dean of arts and social sciences.

“From a policy perspective to address these issues, the book shows that neither a purely top down or bottom up approach to rural development is effective. Policy to support economic development in rural community needs to adopt a blended approach between top-down support and bottom-up initiative and participation.”

The book helps to illustrate how such a blended approach to rural development is possible.

“All of these communities have been on slightly different paths, but the process of getting on track has been quite similar,” adds assistant professor Sean Markey. “They all have had to undergo a shift in mindset, to view economic development as something that was theirs and to take responsibility for it.

“The result has been a more positive climate in these communities, and a feeling of being more empowered.”

In Salmon Arm, the community has formed a successful economic development corporation.

In 100 Mile House, a community arts centre was created after the community lost its bid to have a forest licence awarded.

Both First Nations communities, including the Nuxalk Nation at Bella Coola and the Upper St’at’imc Nation, near Lillooet, are involved in ongoing land use planning and economic development projects.

The stories of these communities and their attempts at turning their economy around are highlighted in the book.

“Community economic development doesn’t have a long research legacy, but it’s a rapidly expanding field and we’ve outlined its growth and development,” adds Markey.

Second Growth is written by Markey and Pierce together with the centre’s director Mark Roseland and member Kelly Vodden, and is targeted at educators, policy makers and the general public.

Dean of Arts announcement
Press Release (1997)

from SFU
April 3, 1997

A resource geographer who has written extensively about sustainable land use and the varied constraints on world food production is to be Simon Fraser University's next dean of arts.

Dr. John Pierce will succeed incumbent Dr. Evan Alderson for a five-year period beginning this September.

In his book, The Food Resource, which went to a second printing in 1992, Pierce argued that technology is not the sole answer to our need to produce more and better food on a shrinking planet. Solutions are achievable, he maintains, through revamped agricultural policies, land tenure changes, diversified farming and more environmentally sensitive agricultural practices.

An active member of the campus community, Pierce currently serves on the university's senate and is chair of senate's committee on scholarships, awards and bursaries. In 1996 he completed 10 years on the board of SFU's art gallery; for eight of those years, he was board chair.

As an expert in sustainable land development and community economic development, Pierce has been appointed to a number of key regional and national bodies. He is currently a member of the economic development committee of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce and is a founding member of the Canadian Consortium for Research on Sustainable Development. From 1993-95, he served on a federal government Green Plan panel adjudicating and encouraging cross-disciplinary environmental research and he continues to serve as a reviewer of programs funded by it.

Resume (2007)


B.A. (Hons. Geography), 1971, University of Toronto

M.A. (Geography), 1972, University of Waterloo

Ph.D., 1976, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London

SFU Positions Assistant Professor, 1976-1982
Associate Professor, 1982-1993
Professor, 1993
Chair, Dept. of Geography, 1990-1997
Director, Community Economic Development Centre, 1992-1997

Current Status Dean, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, 1997-


1) Research Themes

Food/agricultural systems; resource management/policy; land use allocation, modelling; structural change in resource dependent communities; best practice in community economic development; theory and praxis of sustainable development.

2) Publications (* Refereed)


* S. Prager J. T. Pierce (2006), Conditional Sustainability. International Journal of
Sustainable Development, Vol. 9 (In press).

* K. Vodden J. T. Pierce and D. House (2004), Offshore Oil and Gas and the
Quest for Sustainable Development: A Rural Development Perspective. The Structure and Dynamics of Rural Territories, D. Ramsey and C.R. Bryant (eds.), pp 226-259. Brandon: Rural Development Institute.

S. Markey K. Vodden, S. Ameyaw, J. Pierce and M. Roseland (2001), Understanding Community Capacity: Planning Research and Methodology. Canadian Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development, vol. 2 (2), pp 43-55.

* S. Markey J.T. Pierce and K.Vodden (2000), Resources, People and the Environment: A Regional Analysis. Canadian Journal of Regional Science. 23(3): 427-454.

* J. T. Pierce (1999), Communities as the Strong Link in Sustainable Development. In Communities, Development, and Sustainability Across Canada. J.T. Pierce and Ann Dale (eds.) pp 277-290. Vancouver: UBC Press

__________ (1998), Sustainable Rural Environments: Widening Communities of Knowledge. In Dimensions of Sustainable Rural Systems. P.P.P. Huigen; C.R. Bryant; I.R. Bowler (eds.) pp. 21-44. Utrecht: Netherland Geographical Studies.

* __________ (1996), The Conservation Challenge in Sustaining Rural Environments, Journal of Rural Studies 12(3), 215-229.

* Brklacich, M. Feagan, R. and Pierce, J. (1996), Sustainable Development, Global Sustainability. In R.W. Fairbridge and D.E. Alexander (eds.) Encyclopedia of Environmental Science. Van Nostrand Reinhold, U. of Mass, Amherst, MA.

* Yin, Y. Pierce, J.T. and Love, E. (1995) Designing a Multisector Model for Land Conversion Study, Journal of Environmental Management 44, 249-266.

* J.T. Pierce (1995), Agricultural Restructuring: Options for Change and Adjustment. In The Sustainability of Rural Systems C.R. Bryant and C. Marois (eds.) pp. 55-67. Montreal: University of Montreal.

* __________ (1994), Progress and the Biosphere: The Dialectics of Sustainable Development. Geographical Translation 13(1). (Reprinted in Chinese from previously published paper in the Canadian Geographer 36(4)).

* __________ (1994), Towards the Reconstruction of Agriculture. Professional Geographer 46(2), 178-190.

__________ (1994), Sustainable Agriculture and Farmland Preservation. Proceedings of the Georgia Basin-Puget Sound-Willamette Valley Building Bridges to Sustainable Communities International Conference, Bellingham: Western Washington University, pp. 45-46.

* __________ and J. Seguin (1993), Exclusive Agricultural Zoning in British Columbia and Quebec: Problems and Prospects. Progress in Rural Policy and Planning 3, 287-310.

* Yin Yongyuan and J.T. Pierce (1993), A Research Framework for Integrated Rural Land Use. Journal of Rural Studies 9(1), 89-98.

* ___________ and J.T. Pierce (1993), Integrated Resource Assessment and Sustainable Land Use. Environmental Management 17(3), 319-327.

* J.T. Pierce (1993), Agriculture, Sustainability and the Imperatives of Policy Reform. Geoforum 24(4), 381-396.

* __________ (1992), Progress and the Biosphere: The Dialectics of Sustainable Development. Canadian Geographer 36(4), 306-320.

__________ (1992), The Policy Agenda for Sustainable Agriculture. In Contemporary Rural Systems in Transition, Bowler, I., Nellis, D. and Bryant, C. R. (eds.) pp. 221-236. Oxford: CAB International.

__________ and Y. Yin (1991), Multiple-goal Assessment for Land Resource Development: the Case of British Columbia. In Limits to Rural Land Use, van Oort, G.M.R.A. vanden Berg, L.M., Groenendijk, J. G. and Kempers, A.H.H.M. (eds). pp.16-23. Wageningen: Pudoc.

__________ (1990), Introduction: International Review of Policy Frameworks.In Agriculture Canada (ed.) Exploring Sustainability in the Agriculture and Food Industries pp. 11-12. Ottawa: Agriculture Canada.

* __________ and R.J. Stathers (1988), Environmental Impacts on Cereal Grain Production in the Canadian Prairie Provinces: A Growth Constraint Model. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 21, pp. 225- 243.

__________ and Yin Yongyuan (1987), Carrying Capacity of Land: A Conceptual Framework. In Land and Water Management: Chinese and Canadian Perspectives, L.A. Kosinski, W.R.D. Sewell and W. Chuanjun (eds.) pp. 159-173. Edmonton: Dept. of Geography, University of Alberta.

* __________ (1987), Risk-Aversion versus Optimal Strategies for Planning Rural Resources. In Demands on Rural Lands: Planning for Resource Use, Cocklin, C., Smit, B. and Johnston, T. (eds.) pp. 113-122. Boulder, Colorado: Westview .

__________ (1986), Rural Planning: B.C. Experiences and Beyond, Operational Geographer No. 11, 7-8.

* __________ and O.J. Furuseth (1986), Constraints to Expanded Food Production: A North American Perspective. Natural Resources Journal 26(1), 15 – 40.

__________ (1983), Resource and Economic Considerations in the Allocation of Agricultural Land in Peri-Urban Areas: A Canadian Perspective. Landscape Planning 10, 363-386.

* __________ and O.J. Furuseth (l983), Assessing the Adequacy of North American
Land Resources. Geoforum 14(4), 413-425.

__________ (1983), "London England" in Funk and Wagnalls New Encyclopedia, New York ; 190-194.

* __________ and O.J. Furuseth (1982), A Comparative Analysis of Farmland Preservation Programs in North America. Canadian Geographer 26, 191-206.

* __________ (eds) (1982), Agricultural Land Protection in North America. A thematic issue of GeoJournal 6 , comprising eight commissioned articles on farmland preservation strategies in North America.

* __________ (1982), Farmland Protection Planning in British Columbia. GeoJournal 6, 555-560.

* __________ and J.W. Wilson (1982), Agricultural Land Commission of British Columbia. Environment (Nov), 11-20.

* __________ (1982), British Columbia's Approach to Farmland Preservation. Nordia l6, 149-155.

* __________ (1981), Land Conversion within B.C.'s Agricultural Land Reserves: A Critical Look. In Rural Urban Fringe: Canadian Perspectives, Russwurm, L. H. and Beesley, K. (eds). Geographical Monographs No. 10, pp. 314-324. Downsview: Atkinson College,York University.

* __________ (1981), The B.C. Agricultural Land Commission: A Review and Evaluation. Plan Canada 21, 48-55.

__________ (1981), Conversion of Rural Land to Urban: A Canadian Profile. Professional Geographer 33, 163-173.

* __________ (1979), Land Conversion and Urban Growth, Canada 1966-1971. TESG, Journal of Economic and Social Geography 70, 333-338.

__________ (1978), Comparative Analysis of Change in Residential Acreage for Greater Vancouver, 1961-1976. Discussion Paper No. 3, Vancouver: Department of Geography, Simon Fraser University, 43 p.

__________ (1978), Arable Land: the Appropriate Use of a Scarce Resource. Occasional Papers, Human Settlements, Vancouver: University of British Columbia: 21-25 and 28-31.

__________ (1974), Rural to Urban Land Conversion Process: A Review and Synthesis of Related Work. Discussion Paper No. 53. London: Graduate School of Geography, The London School of Economics and Political Science (27 pp)

c) Reports

__________ "Demographic Survey of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia". A report prepared for the Demographic Task Force and the Fraser Valley Planning Committee, S.F.U., June, 1989 (33 pp).

__________ "Location and Participation Analysis". A report prepared for the Demographic Task Force and the Fraser Valley Planning Committee, S.F.U., June, 1989 (18 pp).

d) Selected Book Reviews

__________ Sustainable Landscapes and Lifeways: Scale and Appropriateness, by Anne Buttimer (ed). Annals of the AAG 2002.

__________ Contested Countryside: The Rural-Urban Fringe in North America, by O.J. Furuseth and M.B. Lapping (eds.). Land Use Policy 2000.

__________ Sustainable Development: An Introductory Guide, by D. Reid, Professional Geographer 1997.

__________ Booknote, An Introduction to Agricultural Geography, by David Grigg Environment and Planning 28(4) (1996), 759-760.

__________ Agriculture in the City's Countryside, by C. R. Bryant and T.R. Johnston, Canadian Geographer 38 (1994), 187-188.

__________ Review of Resources and Global Food Prospects: Supply and Demand for Cereals to 2030, by P. Crosson and D. Anderson, Environment and Planning A, 25(9), 1371-1372.

__________ The World Food Problem, by P. Foster, Journal of Rural Studies, 9(3), 308.

__________ Environment and Economy, Property Rights and Public Policy, by D. W. Bromley, The Professional Geographer, 44(3) (1992), 350-351.

__________ Reviews of Agriculture and Land Use Legislation for B.C. and Alberta in International Yearbook of Rural Planning, Vol. 1 (l987) and 2 (1988).

__________ Four book reviews on Land Use for the International Yearbook of Rural Planning (1988), 259-261.

__________ British Regional Development Since World War I, by C.M. Law, The Professional Geographer 35 (1983), 381.

__________ Farming, Development and Space, by B. Andreae, GeoJournal 6, (1983), 586-587.

__________ Canadian Agriculture, by M.J. Troughton, GeoJournal 7 (1983), 95.

__________ The Surroundings of Our Cities, by L. Russwurm, The Canadian Geographer 12 (1978), 79-81.

3) Research Funding

Canada Council Doctoral Fellowship, 1974-1976.
President's Research Grant ($1,200), April 1977 to June 1978.
SSHRC Small Grants, June 1982, April 1984, and Aug. 1989.
SSHRC Research Grant, April 1984-1985 ($9,700).
President's Research Grant, March, 1986 ($2,496).
SSHRC Research Grant, Sept. 1989 to Aug. 1991 ($20,000).
Sustainable Communities Initiatives, co-investigator ($60,000)
Toyota Foundation, 1994-1996 ($60,000)
SSHRC Small Grants, 1994 ($5,500)
BC Ministry of Skills, Training and Labour, Innovation Fund Grant, 1995-1996 ($29,000)
Toyota Foundation, 1994-1996 ($60,000)
SSHRC Small Grants, 1994 ($5,500)
BC Ministry of Skills, Training and Labour, Innovation Fund Grant, 1995-1996 ($29,000)
SSHRC Research Grant, 1995-1998 ($45,000)
Simons Foundation to CED Centre ($17,000)
SSHRC International Travel, 1996 ($1,000)
FRBC Research Grant, 1997-2000 ($380,000)
MCRI SSHRC - Co-Investigator, 1999-2004 ($3.4 m)
VP Conference Grant, 1999 ($5,000)
SSHRC RDI, 1999 ($15,000)
Joint Initiatives (Ocean Management..), SSHRC, 2001, co-applicant ($268,000)
Climate Change Adaptation Program 2006, co-investigator ($100,000)

4) Refereeing

Suzuki Foundation, 2005
Tri-Council Secretariat, Eco-Research Program, 1992-1996
SSHRC Research Grant applications 1999, 1998, 1995, 1993, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1986, 1983
SSHRC Standard Research Grants, 1982-
Canadian Geographer 1995-2000, 1993, 1989, 1984, 1979
Canadian Journal of Regional Science, 1989, 1999-2000
Environments (six manuscripts), 1995, 1991
Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 1982, 1983
Professional Geographer 1994, 1991, 1984, 1981
Geoforum 1999-2000
Plan Canada 1988, 1981
Social Science Federation of Canada, 1977
Occasional Papers, Western Division, CAG 1980, 1981
Geographical Monograph Series, York University, 1985
University of Toronto Press, 1991
University of British Columbia Press, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998-2000
Routledge Press, 1995, 1998- 2000
James Cook Research Fellowship, 1998-2000
Environment and Planning A, 1997-2000
Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, New Zealand, 1997-1998

5) Editorial Board

Land Use Policy

6) Scholarly Presentations

J. T. Pierce “The Challenges of Conservation. Getting the Missing Story Straight: Part II.”
Continuing Studies, SFU, Town Hall Meeting, Nov. 2005.

K. Vodden S. Markey and J. Pierce, “Weighing the Consequences: Engaging British Columbia Communities in Offshore Petroleum Assessment”. A paper presented at the annual meeting of the IAIA, Vancouver, April 2004.

J.T. Pierce “Offshore Oil and Gas and the Quest for Sustainable Development: A
Community Development Perspective”, A paper presented at the Third BC Natural Gas Symposium, Vancouver, May 2003.

________ “Lengthening the Food Chain in Managed Ecosystems: Implications for Food Security”, A paper presented to the Peter Wall and South-North Vulnerability and Resilience Workshop, Vancouver, April 2003.

________ and Kelly Vodden, “Offshore Oil and Gas and the Quest for Sustainable Development: A Rural Development Perspective”, A paper presented at the Annual meeting of the CAG, Toronto, June 2002.

________ "Regulating the Changing Resource Environment," Annual Meeting of the CAG, St. Catherines, June 2000.

________ "Thinking Globally, Acting Locally - Promoting Community Economic Development for Forest Based Communities: University - Community Linkages through FRBC", (with Sean Markey, Kelly Vodden and Jenifer Gunter), B.C. Studies Conference, Vancouver, Nov. 1999.

________ "Rural Communities and Resource Management Policy". A keynote address at Forest Tenure Reform: A Path to Community Prosperity?, Kootenay Conference on Forest Alternatives, Nov. 1999.

________ "The reshaping of rural ecologies, economies and communities - the British Columbia Experience, Plenary Address", IGU Commission on Sustainability of Rural Systems Conference, Vancouver, July 3 to 7, 1999.

________ "Choosing Our Future, Options for the Agri-Food Industry" (a presentation by Ben Bradshaw assisted by JTP), The Select Standing Committee on Agriculture, Vancouver, Nov. 1999.

________ "Forging the links: Rural Communities and the Social Dimension of Policy Making in Canada (with K. Vodden, S. Markey, and K. Nield), Annual Meeting of the AAG, Honolulu, March 1999.

________ "Sustainable Community Economic Development - The British Columbia Experience" (with Kelly Vodden), Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Ottawa, June 1998.

________ "Structural Change in Resource Dependent Communities", The Centre for Theoretical Research, Charles University, Prague, 1996.

________ "Sustaining Rural Environments: Widening Communities of Knowledge", State of the Art Address, IGU Conference, The Hague, Aug., 1996.

________ and Gerald Hodge "Facilitating the Exchange of Information", Preparing for Now Conference - Tools and Strategies for Community Economic Development, Vancouver, June, 1995.

________ J.T. Pierce "Creating Sustainable Rural Environments: A Comparative Analysis", Annual CAG Conference, Montreal, June, 1995.

________ "Alternative Pathways for Structural Change in Agriculture", Annual Meeting of
the AAG, San Francisco, April, 1994.

________ "Agricultural Development and Redevelopment- Paths of Change and
Adjustment", Annual Meeting of the CAG, Vancouver, May, 1992.

________ "Policy Options for Sustainable Agriculture", The Contemporary Social and
Economic Restructuring of Rural Areas Seminar. Jointly sponsored by the IBG,
CAG, and AAG, London, Leicester, Birmingham, August, 1991.

________ "Agriculture, Sustainability and the Imperatives of Policy Reform", Annual Meeting of the AAG, Miami, April, 1991.

________ and Dave Ellenwood, "Spatial Aspects of Population Growth Characteristics and Demographic Change in the Lower Mainland of BC, Canada 1971-2006", Annual Meeting of the AAG, Toronto, April, 1990.

________ and J. Seguin, "Exclusive Agricultural Zoning in B.C. and Quebec: Problems and Prospects", CAG Annual Meeting, Edmonton, May, 1990.

________ "Introduction: International Review of Policy Frameworks", Agriculture and Food Processing Streams, Globe '90 Conference, Vancouver, B.C., March, 1990 (Invited).

________ "Policies for Sustainable Agriculture", International Association for Impact Assessment, Vancouver, B.C., March, 1990.

________ "Natural Capital and Soil Productivity in the Canadian Prairies", workshop on Natural Capital and Sustainability. Sponsored by Canadian Environmental Assessment Research Council, Vancouver, B.C., March, 1990.

________ "The Dialectics of Sustainable Development: The Case of Agriculture," Annual Meeting of the CAG, Halifax, 1988.

________ "Resource Degradation and Grain Production: A Simulation Model," Annual Meeting of the AAG, Portland, April 1987.

________ "Resource Degradation and Grain Production", Annual Meeting of the CAG, Calgary, May 1986.

________ "Risk-Aversion versus Optimal Strategies for Planning Rural Resources," Conference on the Management of Rural Resources: Problems and Policies, Guelph, July 1985 (Invited).

________ and O.J. Furuseth, "Resource and Environmental Issues in the Growth of Food Production Systems", Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Washington, D.C., April 1984.

________ "Resource and Economic Considerations in the Allocation of Agricultural Land: Some Further Thoughts", International Geographical Union Congress, Paris, France, August 1984.

________ and O. J. Furuseth, "Environmental and Resource Constraints on Agricultural Adequacy: Canadian and U.S. Perspectives", National Council for Geographic Education and Ontario Association for Geographic and Environmental Education, Toronto, Ontario, October 1984 (Invited).

________ and O.J. Furuseth, "Assessing the Adequacy of North American Land Resources," Association of American Geographers Conference, Denver, Colorado, April 1983.

________ "Scarcity, Market Failure and the Urbanization of Agricultural Land: A Commentary," Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Ottawa, June 1982.

_______ "British Columbia's Approach to Farmland Preservation," at the International Geographical Union, Symposium on Rural Development: Theory and Practice, Fresno, California, April, 1981.

_______ and O.J. Furuseth, "A Profile of Farmland Preservation Programs in North America", a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Division, CAG, Kelowna, March 1981.

_______ "Land Conversion within B.C.'s Agricultural Land Reserves: A Critical Look", Annual Meeting of the CAG, Victoria, B.C., May 1979.

_______ "A Cartographic and Graphic Analysis of the Land Conversion Process", Annual Meeting of the CAG, London, Ontario, May 1978.

7) Conference Chairing, Participation, Organization

Participant, “Moving the Water Agenda Forward.” M. J. Wosk Centre, SFU, March 2004.

Participant, “The World Summit on Salmon.” M. J. Wosk Centre, SFU, June 2003.

Organizer, "Reshaping of Rural Ecologies, Economics and Communities'. IGU Conference, Commission on Sustainability of Rural Systems. Academics from 13 countries with paper presentations and a 3 day field excursion, June/July, Vancouver, 1999.

Organizer (with Gerald Hodge) Preparing for Now Conference, "Tools and Strategies for Community Economic Development", Vancouver, June, 1995.

Organizer (with Tom Johnston), "Changing Environments for Agriculture" (three sessions), Annual Meeting of the CAG, Vancouver, May 1992.

Panelist, "Rural Change: Theoretical Perspectives and Research Agendas", Annual Meeting of the AAG, San Diego, April, 1992.

Chair, "International Review of Policy Frameworks", Globe '90 Conference, March 1990 (Invited).

Chair, "Environment and Food Production", sub-theme in the Limits to Rural Land Use Conference, IGU, Commission on Changing Rural Systems, Amsterdam, August, 1990.

Chair, "Rural and Urban Fringe Studies in Canada I: General Themes", Annual Meeting of CAG, Edmonton, May, 1990.

Chair and Panelist, "Land Use Modelling Workshop", Duke University, Raleigh North Carolina, 1988 (Invited).

Panelist, "Teaching of Rural Geography", Annual Meeting of CAG, Halifax 1988 (Invited).

Panelist, "Hydromega Project Politics: Experiences in Australia, New Zealand and Canada", Australian-Canadian Industrial Workshop, Simon Fraser University, 1986.

Organizer, "Management of Rural Resources" (two sessions), Annual Meeting of CAG, Calgary 1986.

Chair of Workshop, "Methods and Techniques for Land-Use Change and Degradation Monitoring", Environment Canada Conference - Monitoring for Change Workshop, Ottawa, 1985 (Invited).

Chair of Session, "Urban Fringe: Land Use and Policy", International Conference, Management of Rural Resources: Problems and Policies, Guelph, 1985.

Panelist, "Environmental Impact Assessment: Effects on Corporate Megaproject Planning and Regional and Institutional Development: The Case of British Columbia's Coal Development Guidelines," at the Canadian Regional Science Association Conference, University of British Columbia, June, 1983.

Organizer, economic geography workshop for the SFU - BCSSTA Geography Conference, October 30, 1981.

Chair, "Government Response to Land Use Problems", in Reason, Values and Decision Making on Land Use Issues, A Symposium sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and Continuing Studies, Simon Fraser University, March, 1981.

Chair, "Rural and Economic Change", Annual Meeting of the Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Kelowna, March, 1981.

Chair, "Land Use Conflicts Within the Urban-Rural Fringe", an invitational seminar by the Inter-governmental Committee on Urban and Regional Research, Victoria, February, 1979.

Panelist, "Research and Education in Human Settlements: Canada and the Third World", an invitational seminar by the Canadian International Development Agency and the Centre for Human Settlements, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, May, 1978.

Panelist, "Arable Land: The Appropriate Use of a Scarce Resource" invitational seminar by the Centre for Human Settlements, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, January, 1977.


1) Instruction

Course # Title

Geog. 100 Introduction to Human Geography
221 Introduction to Economic Geography
262 Geography of Canada

Geog. 322 World Resources
361 Introduction to Urban Geography
385 Food Production and the Environment
404 Directed Studies
429 Selected Topics in Economic Geography
445 Resource Planning


Geog. 700 Introduction to Graduate Studies Pt. I
701 Introduction to Graduate Studies Pt. II
736 Resource Management
803 Theories and Recent Developments in Economic Geography
805 Directed Supervision
851 Resources Management
891 Directed Readings

2) Supervision

Gary Holisko - Honors Essay, 1978
Mike Lytton - Honors Essay, 1979

Graduate Committee Member for:
Rick McDougall, M.A., 1982
Wayne Luscombe, Ph.D., 1987
Doug Brown, Ph.D., 1988
Robert Sherwood, M.A., 1987
G. Huang, M.Sc., 1992
B.Whyte, Ph. D., 1999
L. Wolfe, Ph.D., 2000
Savoie, A., M.P.M., 1997
Purnomo, A., Ph.D., 2000
Regeczi, G., M.A., 1998
Guertin, M., M.A., 2000
Carlos, M., Ph.D., ongoing
Asp, K., M.A., 2002
Markey, S., Ph.D., 2003

Senior Supervisor for:
Ron Rothacker, M.A., 1982
Catherine Camp, M.A., 1986
Jacinthe Seguin, M.A., 1989
Betty Hansen, M.A., 1990
Yin Yongyuan, Ph.D., 1990
Dave Ellenwood, M.A., 1992
Robert Feagan, Ph.D., 1995
John Logan, M.A., 1994
Anne Rowan, Ph.D., withdrew
Ian Linning, M.A., 1999
John Jespersen, M.A., 2000
Steven Prager, Ph.D., 2000
Beauchesne, A., Ph.D., withdrew
Neumann, J., M.A., 2003
Smith, R., M.A., 2002
Sean Markey, Ph.D., 2004
K. Vodden, Ph.D., ongoing
C. Rockandel, MA 2005
Brandon Young, ongoing


1) Department

Chair, Department of Geography, 1990-1997.
Chair, Graduate Studies Committee, 1987-1988.
Tri-University Atlas Project Committee, 1990-1995.
Department Graduate Studies Committee, 79, 81-82, 83-85, 87.
Department Tenure Committee, 1986-1989.
Departmental Academic Adviser, 80-1.
Department Budget Committee, 78-3 to 79-3.
Departmental Appointments Committee, 1977-1979.
Chair, Departmental Appointments Committee, 82-86.
Co-editor, Department of Geography Discussion Paper Series (1-24), Simon Fraser University, 1978-1988.

2) University

Senate Committee on University Priorities, 2005, 2003, 2001
Registrar’s Search Committee, 2006
Presidential Search Committee, 2004
Dean of Graduate Studies Search Committee 2003
Dean of Science Search Committee, 2003-2004
Dean of Education Search Committee, 2001-2002
Director Co-op Education Search Committee, 2000
Presidential Search Committee, 1999-2000
Vice Presidential Academic Search Committee, 1999-2000
Dean of Science Search Committee, 1998-1999
Dean of Continuing Studies Search Committee, 1997-1998
Chair, Senate Policy Committee on Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries, 1996-1997
Member, Senate Committee on Continuing Studies, 1996-1997
Senator, 1995-1997, 1997-2007
Director, Community Economic Development Centre, SFU, 1992-1997
Environmental Studies Task Force, 1991
Environmental Studies Committee, 1992-1995.
Chair, Urban Studies Steering Committee, 1991-1993.
Consultant to Fraser Valley Task Force, 1989.
MRM Tenure Committee, 1987 and 1988.
University Tenure Committee, 1983 and 1984.
Dean of Arts Community Economic Development Committee, 1988-1990
Canadian Studies Program Steering Committee (alternate) 79-1 to 1984.
Board Member SFU Art Gallery 1986 and 1987.
Chairman of the Board, SFU Art Gallery, 1988-1996.

3) Profession

Scientific & Technical Advisor, Committee (oil and gas exploration), Northern Coastal Information and Research Program 2002-2004, UNBC.
Management Committee, Commonwealth Geographical Bureau, 2000 -
Editorial Board, Land Use Policy, 2000-
Member, Economic Development Committee, BC Chamber of Commerce, 1995-1997.
Member of Tri-Council Secretariat, Adjudication panel, Green Plan, Ottawa, 1992-1995.
Founding Member of the Consortium of Canadian Centres for Research on Sustainable Development, 1993-1995.
Chair, Rural and Urban Fringe Study Group, CAG 1984-1987.
Board Member, Rural-Urban Fringe Study Group, CAG June 1982 to June 1984.
Coordinator, Graduate School of Geography Discussion Paper Series, London School of Economics, 1974-1976.

4) Community

Board Member: Bill Reid Foundation, 2005 –

External Examiner:

- Ben Bradshaw, "Resource Use Response to Subsidy Removal to Commercial Agriculture", Ph.D., University of Guelph, April, 1999.
- M. Brklacich, "A Framework for Evaluating the Sustainability of Food Production Systems in a Changing Environment", Ph.D., University of Waterloo, May, 1989.
- Janet Burns, "Technical and Physical Conditions, Work Organization and Culture in the Fishing Industry...", Ph.D., Dept. of Sociology, SFU, 1988 (Internal/External).
- M.S. Flaherty, "Flexibility and Criticality in Resource Use: The Case of Urban Expansion and Land Needs for Agriculture", Ph.D., McMaster University, April, 1985.
- S.Y. Wong, "Agricultural Change in Canada, 1941-1976", Ph.D., University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, June, 1983.

External Reviews:

- Graduate Program, Department of Geography, University of Guelph, 2001.
Chair, Ecosystem Health, University of Guelph, 1996 (Chaired Review Committee)
- Department of Geography, University of Windsor, 1995
- Agro-ecosystem Health Program, University of Guelph, 1995
- Canadian Centre for Sustainable Regional Development, University of Victoria, 1994
- Chair in Ecosystem Health, University of Guelph, 1993 (Chaired Review Committee)
- Tenure Case, University of British Columbia, 1996
- Promotion Case, University of Windsor, 1995
- Promotion Case, University of Guelph, 1994
- Tenure Case, University of Victoria, 1990