- BA, Political Science, UBC
- MES, Environmental Studies, York University
- PhD, Economic Geography, Simon Fraser University
- MCIP, (Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners) and RPP (Registered Professional Planner)
Dr. Sean Markey is an Associate Professor with the School of Resource and Environmental Management and an Associate with the Centre for Sustainable Community Development and Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University. His research concerns issues of local and regional economic development, rural and small-town development, community sustainability, and sustainable infrastructure. Sean continues to work with municipalities, non-profit organizations, Aboriginal communities and the business community to promote and develop sustainable forms of community economic development. He serves on the Board of Directors with the Vancity Community Foundation, and the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation. Sean is also an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Geography at the University of Northern British Columbia.
- Halseth, G., Markey, S., Ryser, L., Manson, D. (2016). Doing Community-based Research: Perspectives from the Field. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press.
- Gismondi, M., Connelly, S., Markey, S., Roseland, M. (eds.) (2016). Scaling Up: The Convergence of Social Economy and Sustainability. Athabasca: Athabasca University Press.
- Markey, S., Breen, S., Lauzon, A., Gibson, R., Ryser, L., Mealy, R. (eds.) (2015). State of Rural Canada. Calgary: Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation
- Markey, S., Halseth, G., Manson, D. (2012). Investing in Place: Economic Renewal in Northern British Columbia. Vancouver: UBC Press.
- Halseth, G., Markey, S., and D. Bruce (eds.) (2010). The Next Rural Economies: Constructing Rural Place in a Global Economy. Oxfordshire: Cabi Press.
- Markey, S., J.T. Pierce, K. Vodden and M. Roseland. (2005). Second Growth: Community Economic Development in Rural British Columbia. Vancouver: UBC Press.
- Place Matters: Ecosystem Health and Whole System Economics (by Sean Markey, Herb Hammond, Carmen Rosen). Hopeful Economics Conference, Vancouver, BC on April 22nd, 2017
- Ryser, L., Halseth, G., Markey, S., Morris, M. (2016). The structural underpinnings impacting rapid growth in resource regions. Extractive Industries and Society.doi:10.1016/j.exis.2016.06.001
- Ryser, L., Markey, S., Halseth, G. (2016). The workers’ perspective: The impacts of long distance labour commuting in a northern Canadian small town. Extractive Industries and Society. doi:10.1016/j.exis.2016.02.002
- Manson, D., Markey, S., Ryser, L., Halseth, G. (2016). Recession Response: Cyclical Problems and Local Solutions in Northern BC. Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, 107 (1): 100-114.
- Markey, S., Breen, S., Vodden, K., and Daniels, J. (2015). Evidence of Place: Becoming a Region in Rural Canada. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 39(5): 874-891.
- Breen, S. W., Markey, S. (2015). Unintentional influence: Exploring the relationship between rural regional development and drinking water systems in rural British Columbia, Canada. The Journal of Rural and Community Development, 10(3), 52-78.
- Heisler, K., Markey, S. (2014). Navigating Jurisdiction: Local and Regional Strategies to Access Economic Benefits from Mineral Development. The Canadian Geographer, Volume 58, Issue 4, pages 457–468
- Markey, S., Ryser, L., Hasleth, G. (2015). “We’re in this all together:” Community Impacts of Long-distance Labour Commuting. Rural Society, 24(2):131-153.
- Zirul, C., Halseth, G., Markey, S., & Ryser, L. (2015). Struggling with new regionalism: Government trumps governance in Northern British Columbia, Canada. The Journal of Rural and Community Development, 10(2), 51-77
- Halseth, G., Ryser, L., Markey, S. and Martin, A, (2014) “Emergence, transition, and continuity: Resource Commodity Production Pathways in Northeastern British Columbia, Canada”. Journal of Rural Studies, 36, 350–361.
- Heisler, K., Markey, S. (2014). Navigating Jurisdiction: Local and Regional Strategies to Access Economic Benefits from Mineral Development. The Canadian Geographer, 58, 4: 457-468
- Ryser, L., Markey, S., Manson, D., Halseth, G. (2014). From Boom and Bust to Regional Waves: Development Patterns in the Peace River Region, British Columbia. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 9(1): 87-111.
- Heisler, K., Markey, S. (2013). Scales of Benefit: Political leverage in the negotiation of corporate social responsibility in mineral exploration and mining in rural British Columbia, Canada. Society and Natural Resources, 26(4), 386-401.
- Markey, S. (2013). El enfoque de “la comunidad como un todo” al desarrollo (The “Whole Community” Development Approach). Umbrales: Desarrollo Económico Comunitario, 26: 15-36.
- Ryser, L., Markey, S., Halseth, G. (2013). Developing the Next Generation of Community-Based Researchers: Tips for Undergraduate Students. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 37(1): 11-27.
- Connelly, S., Markey, S., Roseland, M. (2011). Culture and Community: Sustainable Community Planning in the Rolling River First Nation. Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development, 7(2): 40-54.
- Heisler, K., Beckie, M., Markey, S. (2011). Expectations and Realities of Engaged Scholarship: Evaluating a Social Economy Collaborative Research Partnership. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 4(1).
- Markey, S. and Heisler, K. (2011). Getting a Fair Share: Regional Development in a Rapid Boom-Bust Rural Setting. Canadian Journal of Regional Science, 33 (3):49-62.
- Connelly, S., Markey, S., Roseland, M. (2011). Bridging Sustainability and the Social Economy: Achieving Community Transformation through Local Food Initiatives. Critical Social Policy, 31(2): 308-324.
- Kristensen, F., Markey, S., Perry, S. (2010). “Our liquidity is trust, not cash”: Credit Unions and the Rural Social Economy. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 5(3): 143-161.
- Markey, S., Connelly, S., Roseland, M. (2010). ‘Back of the Envelope’: Pragmatic Planning for Sustainable Rural Community Development. Planning Practice and Research, 25(1): 1-23.
- Markey, S., Halseth, G., Manson, D. (2010). Capacity, Scale and Place: Pragmatic Lessons for Doing Community-based Research in the Rural Setting. The Canadian Geographer, 54(2): 158-176.
- Connelly, S., Markey, S., Roseland, M. (2009). Strategic Sustainability: Addressing the Community Infrastructure Deficit. Canadian Planning and Policy, 18(1): Supplement 1-23.
- Markey, S. and G. Halseth, D. Manson. (2009). Contradictions in Hinterland Development: Challenging the Local Development Ideal in Northern British Columbia. Community Development Journal, Vol. 44(2): 209–229. (advanced on-line, July 2007)
- Mader, K., and Markey, S. (2008). “Winging it” is not enough: Building capacity within the social enterprise sector. Making Waves, 19(3).
- Markey, S., Halseth, G. and Manson, D. (2008). Challenging the Inevitability of Rural Decline: Advancing the Policy of Place in Northern British Columbia. Journal of Rural Studies, 24: 409-421.
- Markey, S. and G. Halseth, D. Manson. (2008). Closing the Implementation Gap: A Framework for Incorporating the Context of Place in Economic Development Planning. Local Environment, Vol. 13(4): 337-351.
- Markey, S. and G. Halseth, D. Manson. (2007). The (Dis)Connected North: Persistent Regionalism in Northern British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Regional Science, XXX: 1.
- Halseth, G., Manson, D., Markey, S., Lax, L., Buttar, O. (2006). The Connected North: Findings from the Northern BC Economic Vision and Strategy Project. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 2(1): 1-27.
- Markey, S. and G. Halseth, D. Manson. (2006). The Struggle to Compete: From Comparative to Competitive Advantage in Northern British Columbia.” International Planning Studies, 11(1): 19-39.
- Markey, S. (2005). “Building Local Development Institutions in the Hinterland: A Regulationist Perspective from British Columbia, Canada.” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 29(2): 358-374.
- Markey, S., K. Vodden, S. Ameyaw. (2001). “Understanding Community Capacity: Planning, Research and Methodology.” Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development, Vol. 2(1): 43-55.
- Markey, S., J.T. Pierce, K. Vodden. (2000). “Resources, People and the Environment: A Regional Analysis of the Evolution of Resource Policy in Canada.” Canadian Journal of Regional Science, Vol. 23 (3): 427-454.
A sample of current and recent projects include the following:
- State of Rural Canada
- Rural Policy Learning Commons
- On the Move: Employment Related Geographic Mobility
- Canadian Regional Development: a Critical Review of Theory, Practice and Potentials
- Working ‘away’: Community and family impacts of skilled trades workers from Mackenzie BC who work outside of the town for extended periods
- Canadian Regional Development: a Critical Review of Theory, Practice and Potentials
- Place-based Policy: The Rural Perspective
- Long Distance Commuting: Development Implications for Rural Regions in Northern British Columbia. Principle investigator
- Strategic Sustainability and Community Infrastructure
- The Social Economy in BC and Alberta: Strengthening the Foundations for Growth
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This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.