Geography and the Environment
Abbotsford campusemail Rachel
I grew up in the lower mainland and attended UFV, where I completed a BA (Hons) in Geography. I traveled as much as I could while completing my degree, whether it was going on study tours or backpacking over the summer semester. Traveling and what I was learning at UFV fostered an interest in community economic development and, in particular, the role that resource development can play in that. I decided to pursue further studies so I went on to the University of Western Australia where I completed my PhD. Since returning to Canada in 2016, I have worked doing stakeholder engagement and policy analysis.
I have always had an interest in both physical and human geography. I found the study of resources, particularly their role in community development, to be a great intersection of the two. My PhD thesis looked at the socioeconomic impacts of a mining boom in Western Australia on residents in resource-dependent communities. I also enjoy exploring the mixed use of qualitative and quantitative methods.
Chapman, R., M. Tonts, and P. Plummer. 2014. Resource Development, Local Adjustment and Regional Policy: Resolving the problem of rapid growth in the Pilbara, Western Australia. Journal of Rural and Community Development 9 (1): 72-86.
Chapman, R., M. Tonts, and P. Plummer. 2015. Exploring Perceptions of the Impacts of Resource Development: A Q-methodology Study. Extractive Industries and Society.
Chapman, R., P. Plummer, and M. Tonts. 2015. The Resource Boom and Socioeconomic Wellbeing in Australia Resource Towns: A Temporal and Spatial Analysis. Urban Geography 36 (5). doi 10.1080/02723638.2015.1018032
Chapman, R., M. Tonts, and P. Plummer. 2016. Reshaping Rural Communities 'At a Distance': The Resource Boom, FIFO and Non-mining Towns. In Labour Force Mobility in the Australian Resource Industry: Socio-Economic and Regional Impacts ed. F. Haslam McKenzie. New York: Springer.