Who We Are

About Us

The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development has two primary goals:

  • To assist in the responsible development of the economy and society of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • To stimulate informed discussion of important provincial issues.

As a key part of Memorial University, the Centre helps diverse groups and individuals connect with the research resources of Memorial, through teaching, research, and outreach initiatives.

Our History

The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development (The Harris Centre) was approved by Memorial University Board of Regents on September 8th, 2004. The Centre was formed through the merger of the Public Policy Research Centre (PPRC) and the Centre of Regional Development Studies (CORDS).

It is named in honour of Memorial University scholar and former president, Dr. Leslie Harris, who exemplifies the contribution of Memorial University to regional policy and development in Newfoundland and Labrador.

We link Memorial researchers with groups all over Newfoundland and Labrador, supporting active community engagement throughout the research process.

Working with all units at Memorial, we build connections, encourage informed debate and support collaboration, enhancing the University and the Province through mutually beneficial partnerships.