Please Enter a Search Term

Heather Hall

Heather HallPostdoctoral Fellow
Department of Geography and
the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, Newfoundland
A1B 3X9


Office: SN 1021
Tel: (709) 864-6127
Fax: (709) 864-3119

Email: hhall[at]mun.ca

I consider myself a regional geographer, but my interests include both political and economic aspects of regional development.  I have a BA in Geography from Laurentian University (Sudbury ON), an MA in Planning from the University of Waterloo, and a PhD in Geography from Queen’s University (Kingston ON).  My PhD research was focused on the multi-scalar political geographies of regional development in Northern Ontario.

At MUN, I will be working with Dr. Rob Greenwood (Executive Director of the Harris Centre) and Dr. Kelly Vodden (Associate Professor – Research, Environmental Policy Institute – Grenfell Campus) on issues related to governance, innovation, regional development and labour mobility in Newfoundland and Labrador.

I am also the newly elected secretary for the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) 

Research Interests

  • Politics of regional development
  • Regional development in resource-based regions
  • Rural development
  • Planning in slow-growth and declining cities

Select Publications

Lepawsky, J., Hall, H.M. and Donald, B.  forthcoming.  Kingston and St John’s: The role of relative location in talent attraction and retention.

Greenwood, R. and Hall, H.M.  forthcoming.  The Social Dynamics of Economic Performance in St. John’s: A Metropolis on the Margins.

Hall, H.M.  2012.  For All Regions, Regional Development Agencies: The History and Next Generation of RDAs in Canada.  In N. Bellini, M. Danson, and H. Halkier (eds), Regional Development Agencies: The Next Generation? (156-171). London: Routledge.

Hall, H.M. and Donald, B.  2012.  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 (pp.80-94).  London: Routledge. 

Hall, H.M.  2011.  Harvesting the Rural Creative Economy.  Knowledge Synthesis produced for the Monieson Centre, Queen’s School of Business.

Donald, B. and Hall, H.M.  2010.  Slow-growth and Decline in Canadian Cities. In T. Bunting, P. Filion, and R, Walker (eds), Canadian Cities in Transition 4th Edition (pp.276-292).  Don Mills: Oxford University Press.

Hall, H.M.  2009.  Slow Growth and Decline in Greater Sudbury: Challenges, Opportunities, and Foundations for a New Planning Agenda.  Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 18(1): 1-26.

Hall, H.M. and Donald, B.  2009.  Innovation and Creativity on the Periphery: Challenges and Opportunities in Northern Ontario.  Paper and policy report for the Martin Prosperity Institute and their provincial project, Ontario in the Creative Age.

Hall, H.M.  2009.  Being Realistic About a Growth Plan in Northern Ontario.  Plan Canada. 48(4): 15-18.

Select Presentations

Hall, H.M.  2012.  The Emerging ‘New Regionalist’ Approach to Development and What it Means For Rural Policy at the Creating Rural Connections 2012 Conference & Tradeshow, Regional Approaches and Strategies, Olds, Alberta: October 11-13.

Hall, H.M.  2011.  Contested Regionalism and the Politics of Regional Economic Development in Northern Ontario, Canada at the Winter Conference of the Regional Studies Association, London, UK: November 25th.

Hall, H.M.  2010.  For Every Region, Regional Development Agencies: The History and Next Generation of RDAs in Canada at a Special Workshop on the Next Generation of RDAs hosted by the Regional Studies Association, Volterra, Italy: November 19th

Hall, H, M.  2010.  Clarifying Creativity and Culture in a Small City on the Canadian Periphery: Challenges and Opportunities in Greater Sudbury at the Annual Meeting of the Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers, London UK: September 1st.

Hall, H,M. 2009.  Innovation and Creativity on the Periphery: Challenges and Opportunities in Northern Ontario at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas, NV: March 24th.

Hall, H.M. 2008.  Being Realistic About a Regional Growth Plan in Northern Ontario, Canada at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Boston MA: April 15th.

Hall, H.M. 2008“If you’re not growing, you’re dying”: The Urban Identity of Planning for No Growth, at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association of Geographers, Quebec City: May 22nd.

Share