Betsy Donald is Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning. She is also a Registered Professional Planner. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto and has held visiting academic positions at the universities of Cambridge, Harvard, and Kwansei Gakuin in Japan. Dr. Donald teaches and researches in the field of economic geography with a focus on innovation, technological change and regional economic development, urban governance, and sustainable food systems. She has over 55 publications including well-cited articles in the Journal of Economic Geography, Urban Studies, and Regional Studies. She is an award-winning teacher, having taught hundreds of students at the undergraduate and graduate level and supervised postdocs, Ph.Ds and masters students. She currently has active research projects with colleagues at the Centre for Business Research, University of Cambridge and the Munk School for Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto. Dr. Donald is an editor of the highly ranked Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. She has been the lead principal investigator on several SSHRC-funded research projects and won awards for her research including the Governor General's Academic Gold Medal.


  • 2017–2018
    Professor, Queen's University
  • 2007–2017
    Associate Professor, Queen's University


Governor General's Academic Gold Medal