Research Associates

Both Senior Research and Research Associates are individuals who provide significant academic contribution to specific Harris Centre research activities, and contributes to building the Harris Centre brand through their work in regional policy and development.

Harris Centre Research Associates are recommended for appointment by the Harris Centre Nomination Committee (an internal committee chaired by Advisory Board member, Dr. Evan Simpson) and officially appointed by the Director of the Harris Centre for a renewable term of three years.

Read about how Dr. Barb Neis sees her role as a senior research associate in this Gazette article.


Current Associates 

Dr. Alvin Simms

Retired Professor, Geography, Memorial University;
RAnLab founder
Senior Research Associate

Photo of Dr. Alvin Simms

Dr. Heather Hall

Director of the Economic Development and
Innovation Program in the School of Environment,
Enterprise and Development (SEED),
University of Waterloo
Research Associate

Dr. Barbara Neis

University Research Professor, Department of Sociology
Senior Research Associate, Safety Net
Senior Research Associate
Headshot of Barbara Neis 

Dr. Jim Feehan

Honourary Research Professor,

Department of Economics

Senior Research Associate