Western University GeographyWestern Social Science

Graham Smith

Associate Professor

Ledgley

Contact Information

Office: Room 2405, SSC
Tel: 519 661-2111, 85011
Fax: 519 661-1233
E-mail: lgsmith@uwo.ca
Personal Blog

Research Areas

Sustainable globalization, capacity building & individual empowerment in the implementation of sustainability, dynamism as an approach to environmental change, & inquiry-based learning


Research Interests

Primary research focuses on shifting the paradigm for environmentalism from one of global sustainability to one of sustaining globalization. The central thesis is that the focus on global sustainability fits the stasis model of governance within which it was derived but that the dynamic nature of globalization as today's world system requires a shift in the paradigm for sustainability, away from the stasis emphasis upon the ecological imperative and more on the social imperative required by the dynamics of globalization.

This new paradigm sustainable globalization is based on the empowerment of both the individual and the community. It is predicated upon response-ability and a dynamic vision of optimism that encompasses social, political and economic freedom; unlimited wealth and opportunity, and; the values of personal integrity and systemic compassion. Implementation of this perspective focuses upon social visioning, spiritual reformation and the facilitation of leadership and entrepreneurship.

Ideology and Climate (PowerPoint File)

Publications and Supervised Graduate Student and Thesis Titles

Books

Smith, L.G. 2012 Gateways to Discovery: The Geography of Tourism Website (Kendall Hunt Pub Co)

Supervised Graduate Students and Theses Titles

PhD StudentsYearTitle
W. Dickinson 1999 Municipal Environmental Advisory Groups: Form, Function and Effectiveness
M. Prystupa 1994 Evaluation of Yukon Environmental Assessment Interest Representation
MA StudentsYearTitle
S. Dunn 2004 Interpreting Wetland Values
M. Letourneau 2001 Sacred Text: National Identity, Place and Language in the English Language Newspapers in Jerusalem
M. Pawlick 1999 Disability, Park Access and Quality of Life: An Examination of Recreational Equity
J. Eligh 1998 Sustainable Development: The Geography of Place and the Firm
W. Kinghorn 1996 Visual Preference in Forest Edge Environments: An Application of Digital Imaging
M. Jones
MDP U. of Calgary
1995 Neighbourhood Residential Intensification
C. Nell 1994 The Role of Information in Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Case of the London-Middlesex Boundary Adjustment Process
D. Van Lieshout 1993 Prospects for Impact Management: A Case Study of two Local Landfill Sites
K. Foster 1993 Media roles and function in resource management: A comparative analysis of two Vermont weekly newspapers and municipal decisions on a participation contract with Hydro Quebec
L. Hurlen 1992 Improving site selection studies in Ontario
S. Meek 1991 Implementing sustainable resource development: Factors constraining the use of natural channel design in stormwater management, Southern Ontario examples
G. Given 1989 Monitoring public concerns in impact assessment: The Victoria hospital energy-from-waste case study

Teaching

GEO 2144 - Geography of Tourism

GEO 2450 - Introduction to Resource and Environmental Management

GEO 3451 - Impact Assessment and Sustainable Resource Management

GEO 3452 - Implementing Sustainability

GEO 4000 - The Nature and Philosophy of Geography

Awards

Teaching Awards

2012 University of Western Ontario University Students Council Teaching Honour Roll Award of Excellence

2011 University of Western Ontario E.G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Western Ontario University Students Council Teaching Honour Roll Award of Excellence

2010 University of Western Ontario University Students Council Teaching Honour Roll Award of Excellence

2009 University of Western Ontario University Students Council Teaching Honour Roll Award of Excellence

2007 University of Western Ontario University Students Council Teaching Honour Roll Award of Excellence

2004 Bank of Nova Scotia, University of Western Ontario Alumni Association and University Students Council Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Professional Activities

Eodem modo typi, qui nunc nobis videntur parum clari, fiant sollemnes in futurum. Eodem modo typi, qui nunc nobis videntur parum clari, fiant sollemnes in futurum.