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Garry Fehr

Garry Fehr, PhD

Associate Professor

Geography and the Environment

Abbotsford campus, F102

Phone: 604-854-4538

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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

  • GEOG 130 Regional Geography of Canada
  • GEOG 140 Human Geography
  • GEOG 312 Political Ecology
  • GEOG 340 Poverty and Development
  • GEOG 343 Transitional Societies
  • GEOG 433 Regional Geography of South Asia
  • GEOG 452 Field Methods and Techniques

All of the upper-level courses I teach 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 enable 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 Chandigarh.

Many of the internships I have supervised are linked to my research projects in British Columbia, Chandigarh, and Maharashtra, India.


Veron, R. & Fehr, G. 2011. State power and protected areas: Dynamics and contradictions of forest conservation in Madhya Pradesh, India. Political Geography.


Fehr, G. & Véron, R. 2007. Cashing in India’s forests: globalisation, reform and medicinal plants in Madhya Pradesh. In Bhabbani Nishankar (Ed.) Nationalising crisis: the political economy of public policy in contemporary India. New Delhi: Atlantic Publishers and Distributers. p. 283-308.


Véron, R. & Fehr, G. March 2006. Unintended consequences: ex-situ cultivation of medicinal plants and forest resource depletion in Madhya Pradesh. Inform. Winrock International. India. p.3-5.


Fehr, G. 2005. The impact of globalisation on forest livelihoods in Madhya Pradesh. Research Report for Shastri Applied Research Project, "Globalisation and the Poor: Sustaining Rural Livelihoods in India".


Fehr, G. 2004. The role of value chain analysis in understanding real markets in a global economy. Discussion Paper. Shastri Applied Research Project, "Globalisation and the Poor: Sustaining Rural Livelihoods in India".

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