David J.A. Douglas



David Douglas is a Professor of Rural Planning and Development in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. David is the former Director of the School of Rural Planning and Development (1985-1992), and was previously a partner in Woods Gordon (now Ernst & Young/Cap Gemini) and a Senior Regional Planner for the Province of Ontario. In addition to his CIP membership and RPP status in Ontario, Davis is a Member of the Economic Developers Council of Ontario (EDCO), Canadian Council on Social Development, and the Nature Conservancy Canada. Sits on several advisory boards and committees, was a Board Member, United Way (Guelph-Wellington) and Chaired the Social Planning Committee for many years.

David specializes in all aspects of community and regional development planning, management and governance, with some emphasis on rural community economic development and strategic planning and management. Conducts research and outreach projects in this and related fields, carries on a consulting practice, teaches at the graduate level and is an active trainer and facilitator across Canada and conducted several international short-term assignments (e.g. Iran, China, Europe, Jamaica, Pakistan, Indonesia, Japan).

Recent research includes a major project on rural and smaller community local economic development practice in Ontario. Recent publications include “Rural Development and the Regional Construct: A Comparative Analysis of the Newfoundland and Labrador and Ireland Contexts” and “Rural Development in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ireland: Governance and Its Prospects and Potentials.” In Baldacchino, G., R. Greenwood and L. Felt (eds.). 2009. Remote Control: Governance Lessons for and from Small, Insular and Remote Regions. Chaps. 4 and 12, and Rural Planning and Development in Canada.  Toronto; Nelson. 2010.

Ongoing research includes regionalism, regional development policy and planning, local governance and community development, theoretical linkages between community development and planning, Canada/Europe comparative analysis of rural development organization, policy and planning practice, and SSHRC supported research on development and planning theory.

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