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Christopher A. Sharpe

Chris Sharpe at Kew Gardens, 2010Department of Geography
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL
A1B 3X9

Office: SN 2009

Tel: (709) 864-8984
Fax: (709) 864-3119

E mail: casharpe[at]


I’m a native of Ottawa, and completed my B.A. (Honours) degree in geography at Carleton University in 1969. Then I moved to Toronto to do graduate work, and was awarded an M.A. in 1972 and the Ph.D. in 1976. My doctoral research looked at the operation of vacancy chains in the Toronto housing market. I began my teaching career at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario in January of 1974 as a sabbatical replacement for George Nader. During the 1974-75 academic year I had a sabbatical replacement position at York University in Toronto where I taught Glen Norcliffe’s statistics course and some of Bob Murdie’s urban courses.
In the fall of 1975 I took up residence in the department at Memorial and have been here ever since. I have taught courses at the main campus at every level, from first year undergraduate to Ph.D. I have also taught the summer programme on The English Cultural Landscape at the Harlow Campus for many years.

My current research interests lie in three areas: post war suburban development in St. John’s, focusing on Churchill Park; issues relating to heritage conservation; and the cultural landscape of wartime St. John's.

I served as President of the Canadian Association of Geographers between 2004 and 2006.

Teaching Interests

Urban geography

Selected Publications

  • Sharpe, C.A. 2012 " ' prevent confused or over-optimistic thinking and possible disappointment': Brian Dunfield and the Slum Clearance Problem in St. John's, Newfoundland, 1944". Newfoundland and Labrador Studies 27: 99-130.
  • Sharpe, C.A. and A.J. Shawyer 2010 'Building a wartime landscape'. In S. High (ed.) Occupied St. John's: A Social History of a City at War 1939-1945. Montreal and Kingston: Mc-Gill-Queen's University Press, 21-80.
  • Sharpe, C.A. 2009 "Presidential Address: Is geography (the discipline) sustainable without geography (the subject). The Canadian Geographer 53: 123-138.
  • Sharpe, C.A. 2006 "House prices in a Heritage Area: The case of St. John's, Newfoundland". Canadian Journal of Urban Research 15: 175-201.
  • Sharpe, C.A. 2006 " 'a bold scheme for...doubling the living space of the town'. The origins of Churchill Park Garden Suburb, St. John's, Newfoundland, 1943". Newfoundland and Labrador Studies 21: 343-366.
  • Wernerheim, C.M., and Sharpe, C.A. 2006. “The rural/urban location pattern of advanced service firms in an international perspective”. In R. Lipsey and A. Nakamura (eds) Service Industries and the Knowledge_Based Economy. Ottawa: Industry Canada, 445-490.
  • Sharpe, C.A. 2005 “Just beyond the fringe: Churchill Park garden suburb in St. John’s, Newfoundland”. The Canadian Geographer 49: 400-410.
  • Sharpe, C.A. 2005. “Mr. Dunfield’s Folly: The development of Churchill Park Garden Suburb in St. John’s”. In Alan G. Macpherson (ed) Four Centuries And The City: Perspectives on the historical geography of St. John’s. St. John’s: Department of Geography, Memorial University, 83-122.
  • Sharpe, C.A. and S. O’Dea 2005. “Heritage Conservation in the City of St. John’s”. In Alan G. Macpherson (ed) Four Centuries And The City: Perspectives on the historical geography of St. John’s. St. John’s: Department of Geography, Memorial University, 157-221.
  • Wernerheim, C.M., and Sharpe, C.A. 2005. “Employment and location patterns of advanced services in non-urban Canada”. Service Industries Journal 25: 181-211.
  • Wernerheim, C.M. and Sharpe, C.A. 2003. “High order producer services in Metropolitan Canada: How footloose are they?”. Regional Studies 37: 469-490.
  • Sharpe, C.A. 2003. “The devil’s in the details’: Benign neglect and the erosion of heritage in St. John’s, Newfoundland”. Newfoundland Studies 19: 251-281.
  • Wernerheim, C.M., and C.A. Sharpe 2001. “The potential bias in producer service employment estimates: the case of the Canadian space economy”. Urban Studies 38: 563-591.
  • Sharpe, C.A. 2000. “ ' arouse our city from its deathlike apathy, from its reproachable lethargy, from its slumber of industrial and social death' . The 1939 St. John's Municipal Housing Scheme”. Newfoundland Studies 16: 47-66.