Senior Faculty Associate; Director, Agricultural Centre of Excellence
Geography and the Environment
Abbotsford campus, F102
Phone: (854)-4538email Garry
Prior to returning to school to complete my PhD, I regularly organized and participated in numerous humanitarian aid projects throughout northern British Columbia, Latin America and India. These activities were in addition to managing a business that serviced the natural resource sector and British Columbia's northern communities. I combined these interests in the pursuit of my PhD as I investigated how the globalisation of India's Non Timber Forest Product Sector was impacting rural development and the forest environment. I defended my PhD thesis and began teaching geography at UFV in 2007. The courses I teach fit within the international, environmental and cultural streams of geography.
PhD, University of Guelph, 2008
BA, Thompson Rivers University, 2003
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.
Currently, I am pursuing two streams of research that are connected to my previous work in the forest sector of Madhya Pradesh, India. First, I am continuing my work in India by investigating how the decentralisation of the forest sector and movement to community-based forest management combined with the rapid growth in the medicinal plant sector is being used by the state to implement new strategies of rural development. The second stream explores potential management options of British Columbia's unregulated Non Timber Forest Product sector. This research project is designed to include undergraduate students in the research process. Both of these research streams include themes of traditional ecological knowledge, common property theory and community-based resource management.
Diversifying the Agri-Food Economy in Punjab
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. 283-307.
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.
Reports and Discussion Papers
Fehr, G. (March 2005). The impact of globalisation on forest livelihoods in Madhya Pradesh. Research Report. Shastri Applied Research Project, Globalisation and the Poor: Sustaining Rural Livelihoods in India.
Fehr, G. (August 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.
For more information on Garry Fehr, please visit his page on the Department of Geography website.