Douglas House

Honourary University Research Professor (Ph.D. McGill University)

Research Interests
Political sociology, Social and economic development, Oil and gas
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Personal Profile

Douglas House's current academic focus is mainly on issues related to bridging the gap between academic research on politics and socio-economic development and the practical challenges of encouraging socio-economic development through government policies and programs. He is the author of six books and more than 100 articles and reports. In addition to his academic career as a sociologist at Memorial University, Dr. House has had considerable experience in public service. His positions have included Chair of the Royal Commission on Employment and Unemployment, Chair of the Economic Recovery Commission, Chair of the Board of the Enterprise Newfoundland and Labrador Corporation, and provincial Co-Chair of the Task Force on Community Economic Development. At the present, he is on leave from the sociology department and is serving as Deputy Minister for the Provincial Development Plan. A Rhodes Scholar, Dr. House has also been inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame. In 2001 he received the Order of Canada.


Against the Tide: Battling for Economic Renewal in Newfoundland and Labrador, Toronto: University of Toronto Press. (Author)

But Who Cares Now? The Tragedy of the Ocean Ranger. St. John's: Breakwater Books. (Author)

The Challenge of Oil: Newfoundland's Quest for Controlled Development. St. John's, ISER. (Author)

The Last of Free Enterprisers: The Oilmen of Calgary. Toronto: Macmillan. (Author)

Fish Versus Oil. St. John's, ISER.