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Stephen G. Tomblin

Stephen Tomblin

Professor in Political Science 
Coordinator of Certificate in Public Policy

Department of Political Science, Science Building
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL A1B 3X9 Canada
Phone: (709) 864-8189
Email: stomblin[at]mun[dot]ca (or search here)

B.A. (Calgary), M.A. (Dalhousie), Ph.D. (British Columbia)

Areas for Student Research Supervision
• Canadian and provincial politics
• Comparative public policy and public administration
• Health policy
• Regionalism and economic development

Examples of Recent Courses Taught
2600 Intro to Public Policy and Administration; 2800 Intro to Canadian Politics and Government; 3610 Public Administration in Canada; 3800 Federalism in Canada; 4310 Comparative Federalism; 4870 Regionalism in Canada; 6700 Canadian Politics; 6780 Politics of the Atlantic Provinces

Dr. Stephen Tomblin is a full professor in the Department of Political Science and Medicine (Community Health) at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In addition to administrative service in the political science department, Tomblin has served as the Principal Investigator for the Atlantic Regional Training Centre. As the result of a Canadian Health Services Research Foundation Career Renewal Award, Tomblin has begun linking earlier research on regionalization (dealing with economic development, continentalism and other cross-border issues) with health restructuring developments, including efforts to devolve power on a regional basis. . It is worth noting that Tomblin, collaborated with Wade Locke in researching and writing a paper on Cape Breton Governance that was sponsored by the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. This paper spawned an entire conference that was organized into panels of decision-makers and experts that discussed the reports findings. It was called the Cape Breton Governance Conference. The event was organized by the Community Economic Development Institute (CED), University of Cape Breton, under the auspices of the Cape Breton Island Branch of the North American Program (NAIP) and took place at UCCB, June 17-19, 2004.

Tomblin has published widely on the issue of regional integration. In 1995, he authored Ottawa and the Outer Provinces: The Challenges of Regional Integration in Canada, published by Lorimer Press. He also co-edited and contributed to Regionalism in a Global Society: Persistence and Change in Atlantic Canada and New England, published by Broadview Press. He has been a frequent media contributor and produced discussion papers for the Romanow Commission and the Newfoundland and Labrador Royal Commission on Renewing and Strengthening Our Place in Canada. Both of these were peer- reviewed and the Romanow discussion paper has been published by University of Toronto Press. Tomblin has benefitted from participating in various collaborative/interdisciplinary research projects. These include: Social Sciences and Humanities Council (SSHRC) - sponsored Challenges and Opportunities of the Knowledge-based Economy in Newfoundland and Labrador; SSHRC- Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - sponsored Coasts Under Stress Project; Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF) Health Human Resources Study; SSHRC-sponsored Multilevel governance and public policy in Canadian municipalities project; and Canadian Institutes of Health Research-sponsored health care reform project. Each of these projects has a restructuring/regionalization component. Tomblin is also part of a newly designated WHO Collaborating Centre Health Workforce Planning and Research Team, located in Dalhousie. This has provided an opportunity to learn about the challenges of health policy reform in dissimilar historical, institutional, cultural, and political contexts, including in Brazil, Jamaica, and Zambia.

Select Papers & Publications
Stephen Tomblin and Jeff Braun Jackson, “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Difficulty of Reforming Health Care in Newfoundland and Labrador,” in Paradigm Freeze.” Edited by Harvey Lazar, Pierre – Gerlier Forest, John Lavis, and John Church. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012.

Norm Catto and Stephen Tomblin, “Multi-level Governance Challenges in Newfoundland and Labrador: Case-study on Emergency Measures,” in Emergency Measures Policy in Canadian Municipalities, edited by Bob Young. McGill – Queen’s University Press, 2012.

Stephen Tomblin, Wade Locke, and Jeff Braun – Jackson, “Federal Property Management in Newfoundland and Labrador,” in Federal Property in Canadian Municipalities, edited by Michael C. Ircha and Robert Young. McGill - Queen’s University Press, 2012.

James P. Feehan, Jeffery Braun-Jackson, Ronald Penney and Stephen G. Tomblin, “Newfoundland and Labrador” in Andrew Sancton and Robert Young (eds.), Foundations of Governance: Municipal Government in Canada’s Provinces. Toronto: University of Toronto Press 2009, 453-487.

Stephen Tomblin, Jeffery Braun Jackson, "Health Restructuring in Newfoundland and Labrador", Canadian Political Science Review 3(4). December 2009. pp. 15-30

David Freshwater and Stephen Tomblin, "Making Sense of Realities in the "Uncharted Fringe" Edited by Godfrey Baldacchino, Rob Greenwood, and Larry Felt. Remote Control: Governance Lessons from Small, Insular, and Remote Regions. (St. John's: Institute of Social Economic Research, 2009. pp. 19-46

Stephen Tomblin, The Challenge of Renewing Governance in Canada. Edited by Shaun F. Goldfinch, and Joe L. Wallis. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2009. pp. 187-200.

Stephen Tomblin and David Freshwater, “Rural-Urban Integration and Interaction,” in Larry Felt and Godrey Baldacchino, editors, Remote Control: Lessons in Governance from/for Small Places. (St. John’s: Institute of Social Economic Research, 2007).

“Creating a More Democratic Health System: A Critical Review of Constraints and a New Approach to Health Restructuring,” in Tom Macintosh, Pierre-Gerlier Forest and Greg Marchildon, editors, The Governance of Health Care in Canada. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004). pp. 280-311.

Stephen G. Tomblin and Charles Colgan. Editors and Contributors Regionalism in a Global Society (Toronto: Broadview Press, 2003).

Stephen Tomblin, Ottawa and the Outer Provinces (Toronto: James Lorimer and Company Publishers, 1996).