Plenary Session 1: Regional Studies vs. Today’s Challenges - Professor Betsy Donald

Betsy Donald is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at Queen’s University and cross-appointed to the School of Urban and Regional Planning. She is also a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and Registered Professional Planner. She teaches and does research in the field of urban and economic geography with a particular focus on innovation and regional economic development, urban planning and governance, and sustainable food systems. She has degrees from McGill (B.A. History), York (M.E.S. Environmental Studies) and the University of Toronto (M.Sc.Pl. Planning, Ph.D. Geography). She has over 45 publications including articles in Regional Studies, Urban Studies, Economic Geography, Environment and Planning A, Urban Affairs Review, and the Journal of Economic Geography. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University (2005-07), a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge (2012-13), and was the Eccles Centre Visiting Professor in North American Studies at the British Library, London, UK in 2012-13. She is currently doing research on the impact of austerity policies on cities in North America, the UK and Europe and she is also writing a manuscript on the history of North American food industrialization. Dr. Donald is on the Editorial Board of the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. She has completed many SSHRC-funded research projects and received awards for her research, including the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal.

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