by Chris Hammond
Dr. Robert Greenwood
By Deborah Inkpen
Memorial University’s newly established Centre of Regional
Development Studies (CORDS) will co-ordinate and facilitate
the university's educational, research, and outreach activities
in the area of rural and regional development. Approved by
Memorial’s Board of Regents in October 2003, CORDS’
mandate includes the development of academic programs relating
to regional development, such as developing training programs
targeting the province's growth sectors, which could be delivered
at Memorial's Grenfell College and St. John's campuses, or
through distance education.
CORDS will also take a role in matching the needs for research
with graduate programs and research centres and play a co-ordinating
and informational role for the university’s many outreach
activities including the development of work term opportunities
in rural Newfoundland and Labrador. The centre will facilitate
partnerships within the university and with other organizations
and identify funding from external agencies to support these
activities. It will encourage and advocate research in key
areas including tourism development, regional labour market
development, new fisheries, small-scale manufacturing and
transportation. CORDS will also act as a broker to link Memorial’s
capacity for outreach with the community.
Dr. Robert Greenwood has been appointed director for CORDS.
Reporting to the vice-president (academic), Dr. Greenwood
will also work with a board of directors representing the
university and external stakeholders.
“CORDS is a response to the university’s Strategic
Framework of 2000 and to the Royal Commission on Renewing
and Strengthening Our Place in Canada,” Dr. Greenwood
said. “While CORDS is not a centre in the physical sense,
it is a service that will respond to the demands and opportunities
presented by the province’s geography, culture and economy.”
Prior to taking up the position at Memorial, Dr. Greenwood
operated a consulting business and served as a director and
assistant deputy minister of policy in economic development
departments in Newfoundland and Labrador and in Saskatchewan.
He was vice-president, Corporate Development, Information
Services Corporation of Saskatchewan, and was founding director
of the Sustainable Communities Initiative, a partnership of
the University of Regina, the City of Regina, and the National
Research Council of Canada.
In Saskatchewan, he led the development of the provincial
economic strategy. In Newfoundland and Labrador, he was director
of research and principal author of the 1995 Report of the
Newfoundland Task Force on Community Economic Development,
titled Community Matters: The New Regional Economic Development.
He led the process to establish Regional Economic Development
Boards in 20 Economic Zones, based upon the recommendations
of the Task Force. He also led the development and co-authored
A Strategy for Small-Scale Manufacturing in Newfoundland and
Labrador, which was launched in 1999.
Dr. Greenwood holds a PhD in industrial and business studies
from the University of Warwick, England, which he attended
as a Commonwealth Scholar and an Institute of Social and Economic
Research Doctoral Fellow. He was Newfoundland’s representative
on the International Advisory Board of the North Atlantic
Islands Program and co-edited Competing Strategies of
Socio-Economic Development for Small Islands, published
in 1998. He has taught, consulted, published and presented
extensively on community economic and regional development,
strategic economic planning, sectoral and cluster development.
He is president of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation.