Assistant Professor

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Heather joined the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development in 2016. Prior to that, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the International Centre for Northern Governance & Development, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. She holds a PhD in Geography from Queen’s University and a Master’s in Planning from the University of Waterloo. She specializes in research on regional development in rural and resource-based regions.

Research interests

  • Innovation and entrepreneurship in rural and northern contexts
  • Regional economic development planning, policy and practice
  • Community readiness & community impacts related to natural resource development
  • Planning in slow-growth and declining communities


Ph.D. Geography, Queen’s University
M.A. Planning, University of Waterloo
B.A. Geography, Laurentian University

Current courses taught

  • ENBUS 203 Green Entrepreneurship
  • ECDEV 604 Management and policy tools for economic development and sustainability professionals
  • ECDEV 605 Innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainable business development

Current research

Circumpolar Innovation

I am the co-lead (with Ken Coates, University of Saskatchewan) of the University of the Arctic’s Thematic Network on the Commercialization of Science and Technology for the North. The overall objective is to develop a network that supports research and teaching on commercially viable scientific and technological innovations that will support Northern families, communities and societies. The network collaborates with government agencies, commercial associations and private companies on the identification of: opportunities for practical and applied products and services; barriers to commercial innovation in the Circumpolar world; infrastructure needs for active participation in the innovation economy; and other elements required for the North to be truly competitive and properly supported in the rapidly changing circumstances of the 21st Century. For more information, please visit the Circumpolar Innovatoin website

On the Move Partnership

I am the co-lead (with Kelly Vodden, Memorial University of Newfoundland) of the nickel processing component where we are exploring the impacts of labour mobility on source and host communities as well as the respective responses by companies, unions, local and provincial policymakers, community organizations and other organizations. The On the Move Partnership: Employment-Related Geographical Mobility in the Canadian Context is a project of the SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health & Safety Research at Memorial University. On the Move is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council through its Partnership Grants funding opportunity, the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and numerous university and community partners in Canada and elsewhere. For more information, please visit the On the Move Partnership website


Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation, Board Member

International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, Member

Select publications

  • Hodge, G., Hall, H.M., and Robinson, I.M. In Press. Planning Canadian Regions 2nd Edition. Vancouver: UBC Press. 
  • Hall, H.M. 2016. Exploring the Nature, Extent and Community Impacts and Responses to E-RGM in Long Harbour, Newfoundland and Labrador and Sudbury, Ontario. In Press, Special Section in The Extractive Industries & Society, 3(3): 606-615 .
  • Vodden, K. and Hall, H.M. 2016. Long Distance Commuting in the Mining and Oil and Gas Sections: Implications for Rural Regions. Introduction to Special Section in The Extractive Industries & Society, 3(3): 577-876.
  • Hall, H.M., Vodden, K, and Greenwood, R. 2016. From Dysfunctional to Destitute: The Governance of Regional Economic Development in Newfoundland and Labrador. Published online International Planning Studies, available online.
  • Hall, H.M., Walsh, J., Greenwod, R. and Vodden, K. 2016. Advancing Innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador: Insights for Knowledge Mobilization and University-Community Engagement. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 9(1): 19-30.
  • Greenwood, R. and Hall, H.M. 2016. The Social Dynamics of Economic Performance in St. John’s: A Metropolis on the Margins. In D.A. Wolfe and M.S. Gertler (eds), Growing Urban Economies: Innovation, Creativity, and Governance in Canadian City-Regions (pp.363-388). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Donald, B. and Hall, H.M. 2016. The Social Dynamics of Economic Performance in the Public Sector City: Kingston, ON.  In D.A. Wolfe and M.S. Gertler (eds), Growing Urban Economies: Innovation, Creativity, and Governance in Canadian City-Regions (pp.311-333). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Hall, H., & Olfort, R. 2015. Rural Saskatchewan. In S. Markey, S. Breen, R. Gibson, R. Mealy, and L. Ryser (Eds), The State of Rural Canada (pp.25-30). Camrose: Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation/Fondation canadienne pour la revitalisation rurale.
  • Donald, B. and Hall, H.M.  2015. Slow-growth and Decline in Canadian Cities.  In P. Filion, M. Moos, T. Vinodrai, and R. Walker (eds.), Canadian Cities in Transition: Perspectives for an Urban Age (Fifth Edition pp.258-273). Don Mills: Oxford University Press.

Policy and Other Reports

  • Hall, H.M. and Hesseln, H. with Coates, K. 2015. Aboriginal Workplace Integration in the North. Final Report for the SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant.
  • Hall, H.M., Walsh, J., Vodden, K. and Greenwood, R. 2014. Challenges, Opportunities, and Strategies for Advancing Innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador. Final Report of the Advancing Innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador Project. St. John’s: Harris Centre.
  • Donald, B., and Hall, H.M.  2014.  Artful Places:  Cultivating arts, culture and nature in rural development. Working Paper for the Monieson Centre, SSHRC Project on Rural Economic Revitalization.
  • Vodden, K. and Hall, H. with D. Freshwater & the Research Team. 2013. Understanding Regional Governance in Newfoundland and Labrador: A Survey of Regional Development Organizations.  Prepared for partners involved in the Rural Urban Project including, CRRF, MNL, Memorial University, the Harris Centre, and the University of Kentucky (226 pages).
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