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Dr. Betsy J. Donald
Associate Professor
B.A. (McGill), M.E.S. (York), M.Sc. Pl., Ph.D. (Toronto, 1999)
Office: Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room D311
Phone: +001 (613) 533-6040
Fax: +001 (613) 533-6122
Email: betsy.donald@queensu.ca

 

Biography

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Publications

 

Biography

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 teaches and does research in the field of urban and economic geography with a particular focus on regional economic development, urban governance, and sustainable food systems. She has degrees from McGill, York and the University of Toronto. She has published articles in Regional StudiesUrban StudiesEconomic GeographyEnvironment and Planning A, and Urban Affairs Review. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University and was a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge for the 2012-13 year. She is currently doing research on the history of urban foodscapes in North America through the Eccles Centre Visiting Professorship in North American Studies at the British Library, London, UK. Dr. Donald is on the Editorial Board of the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society.

 

Teaching Interests

Dr. Donald enjoys teaching and in recent years has offered the following courses:

Gphy 227: Cities: Geography, Planning and Urban Life
Ggphy337: Regional Development Theory and Policy
Gphy 338: Urban Political Geography
Gphy 403: Geography of Sustainable Food Systems
Gphy 442: City-Regions in a Global Age
Gphy 882: Political-Geography of City Regions

She also enjoys working with post-doctoral, doctoral and masters students and welcomes inquiries from interested new students.

 

Research

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Publications

Donald, B., Glasmeier, A., Gray, M., & Lobao, L. (2014). Austerity in the city: economic crisis and urban service decline?Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society7(1), 3-15.

Donald, B. 2013. "Food retail and access after the crash: rethinking the food desert problem". Journal of Economic Geography, 13(2), 231-237.

Donald, B., Gertler, M. S., & Tyler, P. 2013. "Creatives after the crash". Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 6(1), 3-21. 

Lepawsky, J. Hall, H. and B. Donald. 2012. “Talent Attraction and Retention in Small Cities”, inThe Social Dynamics of Talent Attraction. In Jill Grant (Ed.), Toronto: University of Toronto Press, in press.

Hall, H.M. and Donald, B. 2011. Clarifying Creativity and Culture in a Small City on the Canadian Periphery: Challenges and Opportunities in Greater Sudbury. In A. Lorentzen and B. van Heur (Eds), Cultural Political Economy of Small Cities (19 pages). London: Routledge.

Bedore, M. and B. Donald. 2011. “Revisiting Class in the Social Dynamics of Economic Performance”, Journal of Urban Affairs, March, 47, pp. 183-217.

Donald, B. and H. Hall. 2010. “Slow Growth and Decline in Canadian Cities”, Chapter in Canadian Cities in Transition. In  R. Walker, T. Bunting and P. Filion (Eds), 4th edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 276-292.

Donald, B. 2010. “Food System Planning and Sustainable Cities and Regions: the role of the firm in sustainable food capitalism”, Imagining Sustainable Food Systems. In A. Blay-Palmer (Ed.). Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 115-134.

Donald, B. Gertler M., Gray, M. and Labao, L. 2010. “Re-regionalizing the Food System?” Editors Introduction to Special Issue on Food Relocalization, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 3 (2), pp. 171-175.

Lewis, N. and B. Donald. 2010. “A New Rubric for ‘Creative City’ Potential in Canada’s Smaller Cities” Urban Studies, vol. 47, no. 1, pp. 29-54.

B. Donald. 2009. "From Kraft to Craft: innovation and creativity in Ontario's Food Economy" Working paper published by the Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, February 2009, ref. 2009-WPONT-001

B. Donald. 2009. "A New Menu for Ontario's Food Economy" Policy insight, Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, February 2009.

H. Hall and B. Donald. 2009. "Innovation and Creativity on the Periphery: challenges and opportunities in Northern Ontario" Working paper published by the Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, February 2009, ref. 2009-WPONT-002

Donald, B. 2009. “Contested notions of quality in a buyer-driven commodity cluster: the case of food and wine in Canada” European Planning Studies, in press.

Donald, B. 2008. “Food Systems Planning and Sustainable Cities and Regions: the role of the firm in sustainable food capitalism” Regional Studies, 42(9), pp. 1251-1262.

Donald, B. and A. Blay-Palmer. 2008. The Urban Creative Food Economy in The Contemporary Canadian Metropolis, edited by C. Morgan, R. Dennis and S. Shaw, Institute for the STudy of the Americas, Washington: Brookings Institution Press, in press.

Blay-Palmer, A. and B. Donald. 2008. “Food Fears: making connections”, in Food Fears: from industrial to sustainable food systems, Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 1-16.

B. Donald and A. Blay-Palmer. 2008. “Eating Organic in an Age of Insecurity” in Food Fears: from industrial to sustainable food systems, Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 109-120.

Blay-Palmer, A. and B. Donald. 2008. “Manufacturing Food Fear” in Food Fears: from industrial to sustainable food systems, Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 121-132.

Donald, B. and A. Blay-Palmer 2007. “Eating Organic in an Age of Insecurity”, Lien Social et Politique, vol. 57, Spring, pp. 63-73.

Blay-Palmer, A. and B. Donald 2007. “Manufacturing fear: The role of food processors and retailers in constructing alternative food geographies". In M. Kneafsey, L. Holloway and D. Maye (eds.) Constructing ‘Alternative’ Food Geographies: Representation and Practice, Elsevier Press, forthcoming.

Blay-Palmer, A. and B. Donald. 2006. “A Tale of Three Tomatoes: the rise of new food economies in Greater Toronto” Economic Geography, vol. 82 (4), pp. 383-399.

Donald, B. and A. Blay-Palmer. 2006. “The Urban Creative Food Economy: producing food for the urban elite or social inclusion opportunity?” Environment and Planning A, October, vol. 38 (10): 1901-1920.

Donald, B. 2006. “From growth machine to ideas machine: the new politics of local economic development in the knowledge-intensive city” in The Competitive City in the New Economy, edited by Diane-GabrielleTremblay and Rémy Tremblay, Montreal: University of Quebec Press, Political Economy Collection.

Donald, B. 2005. “The politics of local economic development in Canada’s global cities: new dependencies, new deals and a new politics of scale?” Space & Polity, vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 261-291, December.

Donald, B. D. Morrow with A. Athanasiu. 2003 Competing for Talent: implications for social and cultural policy in Canadian city-regions A report prepared for Strategic Research and Analysis (SRA) Strategic Planning and Policy Coordination, Department of Canadian Heritage, May 14, 2003, 43 pages.

Donald, B. 2002. “Spinning Toronto’s Golden Age: the making of a ‘city that worked’" Environment and Planning A, vol. 34, no. 12, pp. 2127-2154.

Donald, B. 2002. “The Permeable City: Toronto’s Spatial Shift at the Turn of the Millennium” The Professional Geographer, vol. 54, no. 2, pages 190-203