Garry Fehr, PhD

: A406c, Abbotsford
Phone: 4167
Current Position
Faculty, Department of Geography
Director, Global Development Studies Institute
Senior Associate, Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies
Chair, Global Development Studies Curriculum Working Group
Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography, G.C. University, Faisalabad, Pakistan


Before I started my post-secondary education, I worked for 19 years in the construction and primary resources services sector throughout British Columbia. During this time, I also provided leadership for several humanitarian aid projects in Latin America and India. I completed my BA in Geography at Thompson Rivers University in 2003 and my PhD at the University of Guelph in 2008. I taught several geography courses in the human and environmental streams as a sessional instructor at the University of Guelph before beginning my career in the Department of Geography at UFV in 2007.


PhD, University of Guelph, 2008
BA, Thompson Rivers University, 2003

Teaching Interests
I teach undergraduate coures in the Regional Geography of Canada (GEOG 130), Human Geography (GEOG 140), Political Ecology (GEOG 312), Poverty and Development (GEOG 340), Transitional Societies (GEOG 343), Regional Geography of South Asia (GEOG 433), and Field Methods and Techniques (GEOG 452). All of the upper-level courses reflect my research interests in global development studies and political ecology, with an emphasis on sustainable rural livelihoods and social justice issues. I also focus on the development of applied skills by leading study tours and coordinating student internships. The study tours take place in Mexico, India, and the interior of British Columbia. Both local and international internships are often funded and require students to partner with NGOs that enble them to use skills in mapping, urban agriculture, community governance, capacity building, and projects that promote environmental sustainability.


Research Interests
My research interests include the inter-related themes of rural livelihoods, resource management, political ecology, local governance, and community development. Geographically, my research has focused predominantly in South Asia and more recently here at home in British Columbia. Currently, I am investigating how the processes of globalization and decentralized governance influence the sustainability of rural livelihoods and the landscapes they depend upon. I am also engaged in Participatory Action Research in partnership with Panjab University and local NGOs to empower children and youth in peer-to-peer methodologies of community development in the colonies near Chandigargh. Many of the internships I have supervised are linked to my research projects in British Columbia, Chandigargh, and Maharashtra, India.

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