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Kelly Vodden
Department of Geography
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, Newfoundland
A1B 3X9

Office: SN 2020
Tel: (709) 737-8981
Fax: (709) 737-3119

E mail:

HBA, University of Western Ontario, MA, PhD Simon Fraser University.

Teaching Interests
Economic geography
Community, regional and resource development

Research Interests
Sustainable community and regional development
Community involvement in resource management
Local and regional governance
Rural development
Community adaptation
Complex adaptive social-ecological systems

Current Research Projects
Canadian Regional Development: A Critical Review of Theory, Practice and Potentials

Rural-Urban Interaction in Newfoundland and Labrador: Understanding and Managing Functional Regions
Enhancing the Capacity of Canadian Rural Communities to Adapt to Uncertain Futures
Community-University Research for Recovery Alliance (CURRA)
New Spaces, Ancient Places: Collaborative Governance and Sustainable Development in Canada’s Coastal Regions

PhD Students
Ryan Gibson - Instigating Conditions for Emergent Forms of Rural Regional Governance: Implications for Policy and Community Development Practice

Michelle Porter (co-supervised with M. Blaser) - TBA

MA Students

Jen Daniels (co-supervised with C. Mather): Understanding Connections Between Mi'kmaq Territory, Identity and Place-based Resource Governance in Newfoundland

Bojan Furst – Small Island Communities: Perceptions, policy and the future

Ekaterina Lysenko - Labour Market Development in Newfoundland and Labrador: Regional Challenges and Active Solutions

Raisa Mirza - TBA

Nicole Renaud - Mapping a History of Water Security in the Peruvian Highlands: a case study of Mullak'as-Misminay, Peru

Selected Publications

Vodden, K. 2009. “Experiments in Collaborative Governance on Canada’s Coasts: Challenges and Opportunities in Governance Capacity”. In L. Felt, R. Greenwood and G. Baldacchino. Remote Control: Lessons in Governance from Small Places, Institute of Social and Economic Research.

Vodden, K. and K. Bannister. 2008. “Circularising Knowledge Flows: Institutional Structures, Policies and Practices for Community-University Partnerships”. In J. Lutz and B. Neis (eds), Making and Moving Knowledge: Interdisciplinary and Community-based Research for a World on the Edge, McGill-Queen’s Press, Chapter 14.

Vodden, K., K. Bannister, T. Hollis, B. McLaren, R. Ommer, C. Roach and S. Tomblin. 2007. "New Options for Governance II: The Land and Sea/Land Interface". In Rosemary E. Ommer with the Coasts Under Stress Team, Coasts Under Stress, Restructuring and Social-Ecological Health, McGill-Queens University Press, Chapter 15, 60% (see footnote 1), pp. 405-430.

Vodden, K. 2007. Moving Toward Higher Order Outcomes: Sharing Knowledge, Resources and Accountability. Presented at “Applying the Best Available Science to Policy, Decision Making and to Changes in Societal Behaviour”. A Mini-symposium in conjunction with LOICZ Science Steering Committee Annual Meeting. May 30, 2007, SFU Vancouver.

Vodden, K. 2007. Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide: Regional Cooperation in Newfoundland and Labrador. Presented at “Community Prosperity Forum: Creating Successful Municipalities”. April 24-25th, Corner Brook NL. kelly_vodden_ bridging_the_urban-rural_divide.pdf.

Vodden, K., R. Ommer and D. Schneider. 2006. “A Comparative analysis of three modes of collaborative learning in fisheries governance: Hierarchy, Networks, and Community”. In T. Gray (ed), Participation in Fisheries Governance, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

Vodden, K. and J. Kennedy. 2006. “From Resignation to Renewal: First Nations Strategies for Resilience”. In Sinclair, P. and R. Ommer (eds.) Power, Agency and Environment: Restructuring Canada’s East and West Coasts, ISER Books.

Vodden, K. 2006. Summary Report: Adapting to Uncertain Futures Workshop.

Vodden, K. 2006. Adapting to Uncertain Futures: Alert Bay Community Background Report.

Vodden, K. 2005. Watershed Management: Building and Supporting Institutions for Positive Change. Presented at “Coasts and Coastal People: Scenarios of Change and Responses”, LOICZ II Inaugural Open Science Meeting, June 27-29, 2005, Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands.

Ng’ang’a, S., M. Hutchison, K. Vodden, J. Pepper, M. Berry, S. Nichols, M. Sutherland, R. White and B. Nkwae. 2005. A Handbook on Issues Surrounding Linking Science and Local Knowledge in Coastal Areas: Canadian Case Studies. Prepared for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Vodden, K. 2005. Regional Approaches to Governance in Economic Development and Municipal Government. A Dialogue on Social Innovation. Harris Centre Memorial Presents Lecture Series. Oct. 2005, St. John’s, NL:

Markey, S., J. Pierce, K. Vodden, and M. Roseland. 2004. Second Growth: Community Economic Development in Rural and Small Town British Columbia. UBC Press. See

Sutherland, M., S. Nichols, S. Ng’ang’a, M. Hutchison, B. Nkwae, K. Vodden, S. Dickie, R. White, M. Berry and J. Pepper. 2004. Traditional Adaptation Strategies to Sea Level Rise: Canadian Case Studies. Prepared for Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Vodden, K., J. Pierce and D. House. 2004. "Offshore Oil and Gas and the Quest for Sustainable Development: A Rural Development Perspective". In Ramsey, D. and C. Bryant (eds.) The Structure and Dynamics of Rural Territories: Geographical Perspectives. Brandon University.

Vodden K. and B. Kuecks. 2003. The Clayoquot Green Economic Opportunities Project: Taking Steps Towards a Conservation Economy. Prepared for Friends of Clayoquot Sound, Ahousaht First Nation and Clayoquot Biosphere Trust.

Vodden, K. 2002. “Sustainable Community Development in a Coastal Context: The Case of Alert Bay, British Columbia”, Canadian Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development. Vol. 3. No.1.

Vodden, K., A. Miller, and J. McBride. 2001. Assessing the Business Information Needs of Aboriginal Entrepreneurs in British Columbia - Final Report. Prepared for Western Economic Diversification Canada and BC Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture.

Markey, S., J. Pierce and K. Vodden. 2000. “Resources, People and the Environment: A Regional Analysis of the Evolution of Resource Policy in Canada”. Journal of Regional Science. Vol. XXIII: 3. pp. 427-454.