Ph.D. (Economic Geography, Simon Fraser University)
MES (Environmental Studies, York University)
BA (Political Science, UBC)
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. 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 as co-Chair on the Board of Directors with the Vancity Community 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.
- 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., Corriveau, S., Cody, M., and Bonfield, B. (2011). Social Enterprise Legal Structure: Options and Prospects for a ‘Made in Canada’ Solution. Calgary: Institute for Nonprofit Studies, Mount Royal University.
- Reimer, B. and Markey, S. (2008). Place-based Policy: A Rural Perspective. Montreal: Concordia University. Report prepared for Human Resources and Social Development Canada.
- Markey, S. (2008). Addressing Poverty and Competitiveness through Place-based Development in Surrey, British Columbia. White Paper prepared to support the Surrey Regional Economic Summit organized by the City of Surrey and the Surrey Board of Trade, Thursday, September 18, 2008.
- Connelly, S., Markey, S., Roseland, M. (2008). Strategic Sustainability: Seizing the Opportunities of Canada’s Infrastructure Deficit. Burnaby: Centre for Sustainable Community Development. Report prepared for Infrastructure Canada.
- Markey, S., G. Halseth, D. Manson. (2006). Re-orient to Readiness: Overcoming Barriers to Implementation in the Northwest Region of British Columbia. Prince George, BC: UNBC. Report prepared for Western Economic Diversification Canada.
A sample of current and recent projects include the following:
- 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