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Dr. Betsy Donald

I am a Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at Queen’s University. I am also a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner (RPP). I earned my BA in History at McGill, MES in Environmental Studies at York University, and my MScPl in Planning and PhD in Geography at the University of Toronto. I was a Visiting Professor in Canadian Studies at Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan (2016), a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University (2005-2007), a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge (2012-2013), and was the Eccles Centre Visiting Professor in North American Studies at the British Library, London, UK (2012-2013). I have also been a Research Associate at the Centre for Business Research: Judge Business School, at Cambridge University, since 2015. I received the Julian Szeicz Award (2015-2016) for Excellence in Teaching as well as the Eccles Centre Visiting Professor Award, British Library, UK, in 2012.

My research interests fall under three categories: cities, food, and rural economies. I have a wide range of interests which are all connected to the spatial dimensions of contemporary socio-economic-political change, and I teach, research, and consult in the field of economic geography with a focus on innovation and regional economic development, urban planning and governance, and sustainable food systems.

I have authored over 55 publications including articles in the Journal of Economic Geography, Urban Studies, Regional Studies and Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. I am currently an editor of the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. I have had many Social Sciences and Humanties Research Council (SSHRC)-funded research projects and won awards for my research including the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal.