Where to find me
Office: HC 2111
Telephone: (778) 782-6691
Fax: (778) 782-5297
Email: pvhall [at] sfu [dot] ca
Urban Studies Program
SFU at Harbour Centre
515 W Hasting Street
BC, V6B 5K3
Updated: May 2016
BSocSc (Cape Town, 1989), MSc (LSE, 1995), PhD (Berkeley, 2002)
Welcome! You’ve found me in Vancouver, on the west coast of British Columbia. I grew up in and around another west coast port city, Cape Town, South Africa. My research program bridges the disciplines of geography, planning and economics, often combining qualitative and quantitative social research methods, to address three areas related to development at the local, urban and regional scales:
I am pleased to announce updated websites for two recently completed projects:
(Re)Claiming the New Westminster Waterfront, including timeline, museum exhibit text, dynamic land use map, links to oral histories, memory walks and more...
Social Enterprise Sector Survey, including the first Canadian National Social Enterprise Sector Survey Report, Survey Guide, links to data repository and more...
Ports and waterfronts are fascinating and important because they are places where communities, cities and regions meet global economic actors and forces. Across the city-region, the port-logistics industry is comprised of a network of activities that begin at the waterfront and extend to suburban warehouse distribution centres. I am interested in the connections between these shipping and logistics networks, the port institutions that govern and regulate them, and the resulting patterns of employment and development in port cities.
2015 “Reflections on (Re)Claiming the New Westminster Waterfront, British Columbia, Canada”, Journal of Transport History. [With Pamela Stern] (link)
2015 “The social life of truck routes”, in: Cidell, J and Prytherch, D. (eds) Transport, Mobility, and the Production of Urban Space, 117-133. Abingdon: Routledge. (publisher)
2015 “Manufacturing logistics”, in: JB. Bryson, J Clark and V Vanchan. (eds) The Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the Global Economy, 58-70. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar. (publisher)
2015 “Planning for Urban Freight Transport: An Overview”, Transport Reviews. [With Jenny Cui and Jago Dodson] (abstract)
2015 “Asserting historical 'distinctiveness' in industrial waterfront transformation”, Cities, 44: 86–93. [With Annika Airas and Pamela Stern] (abstract)
2015 “West Coast Marine Logistics Employment Trends, 1980-2010”, A Preliminary Analysis / Briefing Paper. (pdf)
2015 Book review. “Three books, mostly about seaports: (1) Port-City Interplays in China, James Jixian Wang. Ashgate, Farnham (2014). £60.00 (hardback). ISBN 978-1-4724-2689-5. (2) Institutional Challenges to Intermodal Transport and Logistics, Jason Monios. Ashgate, Farnham (2014). £65.00 (hardback). ISBN 978-1-4724-2321-4. (3) Hub Cities in the Knowledge Economy, Sven Conventz, Ben Derudder, Alain Thierstein, Frank Witlox (Eds.). Ashgate, Farnham (2014). £65.00 (hardback). ISBN 978-1-4094-4591-3”, Journal of Transport Geography.(publisher)
2014 “A Gateway to Good Jobs? Opening up the conversation”, A Good Jobs Economy in BC Conference, November 21, 2014. CCPA-BC. (pdf)
2014 “Opinion: Why you should care about truckers strike”, Vancouver Sun.(link)
2014 “Transport Geography in Canada”, Journal of Transport Geography, 36: 163–164.(publisher)
2014 “Implicating Waterfronts in Regional Sustainability”, Local Environment, 19(6): 591-604. [with Pamela Stern] (abstract)
2014 “Les ports interieurs et leurs villes en Amerique du Nord”, in: Beyer, Antoine et Jean Debrie(eds). Les Metropoles: Concilier amenagement et logistique pour un developpement urbain durable, 285-292. (“River and lake ports in North America, and their cities”, translation by the editors). (pdf)
2014 “Ports and Waterfronts”, in Elmer, V and Leigland, A. Infrastructure Planning and Finance: A Smart and Sustainable Guide. Abingdon: Routledge. [with Peter Brown] (publisher)
2013 Cities, Regions and Flows. Hall, PV and Hesse, M (eds). Abingdon and New York: Routledge.(publisher)
2013 “'Resolving' Spatial and Scalar Mismatches in North American Freight Logistics”, in: Klaus Benesch (ed), Culture and Mobility, 39-50. Publications of the Bavarian America Academy, Volume 15. Universitätsverlag Winter Heidelberg. (publisher)
2013 “Environmental innovation and the role of stakeholder collaboration in West Coast Gateways”, Research in Transportation Economics. 42(1): 87-96. [With Thomas O'Brien and Clarence Woudsma] (abstract)
2013 “Guest editors’ introduction: institutions and the transformation of transport nodes”, Journal of Transport Geography. 27: 1–3. [With Adolf K.Y. Ng and Athanasios A. Pallis] (abstract)
2012 “Connecting, disconnecting and reconnecting: Port-logistics and Vancouver’s Fraser River”, L'Espace géographique. 41(3): 223-235. (abstract)
2012 “Why are maritime ports (still) urban, and why should policy makers care?”, Maritime Policy and Management. 39(2), 189-206. [With Wouter Jacobs] (abstract)
2011 Integrating Seaports and Trade Corridors. Hall, PV, McCalla, RJ, Comtois, C and Slack, B. (eds). Aldershot: Ashgate.(publisher)
2011 “The Location and Global Network Structure of Maritime Advanced Producer Services”, Urban Studies. 48(13):2751-2771 [With Wouter Jacobs and Hans Koster] (abstract)
2010 “Shifting Proximities: the Maritime Ports Sector in an era of Global Supply Chains”, Regional Studies. 44(9): 1103-115. [With Wouter Jacobs] (abstract)
2010 “Maritime ports and the politics of reconnection”, in: Desfor, G, Laidley, J, Schubert, D, and Stevens, Q. (eds) Transforming Urban Waterfronts: Fixity and Flow, 17-34. Abingdon: Routledge. [With Anthony Clark] (publisher)
2009 “Ports in Proximity, Proximity in Ports: towards a typology”, in: Notteboom, T, De Langen, P and Ducruet, C. (eds) Ports in proximity: essays on competition and coordination among adjacent seaports, 29-40. Aldershot: Ashgate. [With Wouter Jacobs] (publisher)
2009 Innovation and Stakeholder Collaboration in West Coast Gateways: An Analysis of the Seaport and Freight Movement Industries. Report for the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. [With Clarence Woudsma and Tom O’Brien] (abstract)
2008 Global Logistics and Local Dilemmas. Proceedings of the International Conference on Gateways and Corridors. (link)
2007 “Which link, which chain? Inserting Durban into global automotive supply chains” in: Wang, J, Olivier, D, Notteboom, T and Slack, B. (eds) Ports, Cities, and Global Supply Chains. Aldershot: Ashgate. [With Glen Robbins](publisher)
2005 “Inter-firm relationships and the evolution of transportation systems: the case of the car carriers and automobile importers to the United States” Maritime Policy and Management, 32(3): 279-295 (Special Issue on Shipping in the Americas). [With Daniel Olivier] (abstract) (pdf)
2004 “Persistent variation: flexibility, organization and strategy in the logistics of importing automobiles to the United States, 1980-1999” Environment and Planning A, 36(3): 529-546. (abstract) (pdf)
2003 “Development Opportunities at Seaports” in Frey, A. (ed) Just- in-time real estate, Washington: Urban Land Institute.
2000 “Regional Development and Institutional Lock-in: A case study of Richards Bay, South Africa”, Critical Planning, 7 (Spring): 87-102. (pdf)
© PV Hall, 2005
I am interested in the dynamics of local labour markets, and in the public policies that may reverse the rising inequality in contemporary labour market outcomes. Recent research projects have examined the labour market situation of immigrants in Canada’s hi-tech clusters, and in Vancouver's port-logistics sector. I also work on analyzing the costs and benefits of local living and minimum wage policies.
2015 “Seeking and securing work: Individual-level predictors of employment outcomes for psychiatric survivors”, WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 52: 91–101. DOI: 10.3233/WOR-141973. [With P Montgomery, S Davie, K Dickins, C Forchuk, M Jeng, M Kersey, A Meier, P Lahey, A Rudnick, M Solomon, L Warner] (link)
2014 “Liftoff: Living Wages at San Francisco Airport”. In: Reich, M and Jacobs, K. (eds) When Mandates Work, 70-96. University of California Press: Berkeley. [with Michael Reich and Ken Jacobs] (publisher)
2013 “Course Correction: Reversing Wage Erosion to Restore Good Jobs at American Airports”, Report of the University of California, Berkeley, Center for Labor Research and Education. [with Miranda Dietz and Ken Jacobs] (pdf)
2013 “Pathways to Immigrant Employment in the Port-Logistics Sector”, Metropolis BC, Working Paper No. 13-02 [Alireza Farahani, Kaleigh Johnston, and Choo-Ming Yeak] (paper)
2010 “The value of ’experience’ and the labour market entry of new immigrants to Canada”, Canadian Public Policy 36(2): 181-198. [With Tulin Sadouzai] (abstract)
2009 “Migration, hukou status and labor market segmentation: the case of hi-tech development in Dalian”, Environment and Planning A, 41(7): 1647-1666. [With Chuncui Velma Fan and Geoffrey Wall] (abstract)
2009 “The Targeted Wage Subsidy Program: How Program Design creates Incentives for ’Creaming’”, Just Labour, 13: 56-72. [With Pam Lahey] (abstract)
2006 The Labour Market Situation Of Highly Skilled Immigrants In Canada’s Hi-Tech Clusters. Working Paper 2006 D-18, Skills Research Initiative, Industry Canada / Human Resources Skills Development Canada / Social Science and Humanities Research Council: Ottawa.
2005 “Living Wage Policies at San Francisco Airport: Impacts on Workers and Businesses”, Industrial Relations, 44(1): 106-138. (Symposium on Living Wages). [With Michael Reich and Ken Jacobs] (abstract)
2001 “A small raise for the bottom”. In: Lincoln, J and P Ong,. (eds), The State of California Labor. Institute of Industrial Relations: Berkeley.
1997 “Unemployment and Urban Development in Gauteng”, Development Southern Africa, 14 (4): 395-411.
© PV Hall, 2005
My work in this area has addressed a diversity of topics: social enterprise, neoliberal funding regimes, small town development, housing, urban management and regional governance. A recent project with Dr Pamela Stern examined citizen engagement in community and economic development in the Northern Ontario town of Cobalt. I have served on the Canadian CED Network's Research Advisory Committee.
Publications of the Social Enterprise Sector Survey are available here.
2015 “Social Enterprises in the Canadian West”, ANSERJ: Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research / Revue canadienne de recherche sur les OSBL et l’économie sociale, 6(1), 83–102. [with P Elson, S Leeson-Klym, D Penner, and J Andres] (pdf)
2015 “Global flows: making the city, made in the city”, in: Filion, P, Walker, R, Vinodrai,T and M Moos (eds) Canadian Cities in Transition V (Chapter 3). Don Mills: Oxford University Press. [updated version of “The Global Imperative”, published in Canadian Cities in Transition IV in 2010] (publisher)
2012 “Canadian Social Enterprises: Taking Stock”, Social Enterprise Journal, 8(3): 216-236. [With Peter Elson]
2012 “The role of a good food box program in fruit and vegetable consumption and food security”, Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 73: 59-65. [With Christiana Miewald and David Holben] (abstract)
2012 “The 2010 Cultural Olympiad: Playing for the Global or Local Stage?”, International Journal of Cultural Policy . 18(2), 131-150. [With Duncan Low] (abstract)
2011 “Introduction: Special Issue on the Urban Legacies of the Winter Olympics”, Urban Geography. 32(6): 761–766. [With Karen Ferguson, Meg Holden and Anthony Perl] (text)
2010 “The Proposal Economy”, Critique of Anthropology. 30(3): 243-264. [With Pamela Stern] (abstract)
2010 “Historical Limits: narrowing possibilities in ’Ontario’s Most Historic Town’”, The Canadian Geographer, 54(2): 209-227. [With Pamela Stern] (abstract)
2008 “Decline and No Growth: Canada’s Forgotten Urban Interior”, Canadian Journal of Regional Science, 31(1): 39-57. [With Heather Hall]
2002 “Economic Development for a new era: an examination of the adoption of explicit economic development strategies by Durban local government following the April 1994 elections”. In: Freund, W and Padayachee, V (eds), (D)urban Vortex: A South African City in Transition. Durban: University of Natal Press. [With Glen Robbins.]
© PV Hall, 2005