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David Leadbeater

David Leadbeater

Sessional On-Campus
Faculty of Arts
A-318A, Arts Building


David Leadbeater is an Associate Professor of Economics at Laurentian University/Université Laurentienne in Sudbury, located on the traditional Anishinaabe territory of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek and Wahnapitae First Nation. Dr Leadbeater holds degrees from the University of Alberta, Oxford University, and the University of Toronto. He has taught in the Department of Economics since 1989 including courses on Canadian economic development, urban economics, labour economics, environmental economics, economics and colonialism, and economic theory. He is editor of Resources, Empire and Labour: Crises, Lessons and Alternatives (Fernwood, 2014) and Mining Town Crisis: Globalization, Labour and Resistance in Sudbury (Fernwood, 2008). His current research concentrates on urban and regional economic development, particularly the conditions of mining communities and hinterland/colonial areas like Northern Ontario. He is a recipient of research funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Schumacher Foundation, the J.P. Bickell Foundation, and the Laurentian University Research Fund. His most recent projects are about the communities of Schumacher, South Porcupine, and Porcupine in the amalgamated City of Timmins and their capacity for revitalization, as well as about the emerging crises of Ontario’s Northern universities.