Queen's University

Rural: rural places, small cities, slow-growing places

Keywords: rural revitalization, small cities, main streets, slow-growth and decline, place-based policies, arts and culture and agri-food

Like many geographers, I am interested in learning more about the places I experience on a daily basis. I live in a small town and am aware of the challenges and unique opportunities facing smaller cities and places. Over the years, I have worked on various research projects addressing issues such as the social dynamics of small city economies, main street renewal, rural revitalization, and planning for slow-growth and decline. There are many examples around the world of cities and places that have changed development course through creative and collective action. I am particularly interested in the potential of creative industries and people (such as the role of arts, culture, food and wine) in rural and small-city revival. In addition to my scholarly work in this area, I have been a professional planning consultant on a variety of projects in the area of economic impact and local and community economic development.

Completed Projects under “Rural” Theme

Donald, B. (Co-investigator). 2011-2013. “Sustainable Economic Development in the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve”, Research segment of a SSHRC Partnership Grant through the Monieson Centre, Queen’s School of Business with Dr. Y. Chan (P.I.)

Donald, B. (Principal Investigator). 2008. “The Economy of Prince Edward County”, Monieson Centre, Queen’s School of Business.

Donald, B. (Principal Investigator). 2008-09. “Ontario’s Creative Economy – Northern Ontario” Province of Ontario, through the Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Publications in Journal of Rural and Community Development, Chapters in books published by Oxford University Press, Routledge, Ashgate, University of Toronto Press; and publications for The Monieson Centre, Queen’s School of Business.