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Glen Norcliffe

Glen Norcliffe

Professor Emeritus


BA Geography, University of Cambridge (1965)
MA Geography, University of Toronto (1967)
PhD Geography, University of Bristol (1970)
DSc Geography, University of Bristol (2006)

Research Keywords

Diverse geographies of industry, (De)globalization, Governance of industry, Geographical construction of technology (especially bicycles), Performance of the economy in various geographical settings.

Contact Information

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J1P3

416 736 5107

416 736 5988

Research Interests

My research is focused on the diverse geographies of industry and of its (de)globalization, on the governance of industry, on the geographical construction of technology (especially bicycles), and performance of the economy in various geographical settings.

Research Projects

I have held visiting research positions at the University of Bristol, l’Université Lumière (Lyon 2), Manchester University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and the Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing. I served as Director of the York-Kenya Training Program, responsible for selecting and training senior Kenyan civil servants in aspects of economics, regional development, environmental management, and economic geography.

With Don Freeman, I co-directed a research project funded by CIDA examining a wide array of non-farm activities in Kenya’s Central Province. With Roger Hayter, John Holmes, Suzanne McKenzie, Valerie Preston and Damaris Rose, I was engaged in a cross-Canada study of restructuring of the Canadian newsprint industry, funded by SSHRC.

More recently I have worked with colleagues at the National Taiwan University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Central University of Finance and Economics on trading relations between China and Canada and the formation of Global Production Networks, funded by SSHRC and also by research agencies in China and Taiwan.

Research Output

Inferential Statistics for Geographers: An Introduction(1977; second edition 1981; translated into German and Polish).

Planning African Development: The Kenyan Experience (1981; re-issued in 2010 in the Routledge Revivals series) (with Tom Pinfold, eds,)

Rural Enterprise in Kenya: Development and Spatial Organisation of the Nonfarm Sector (with Don Freeman) (1985).

A Few Acres of Snow: Literary and Artistic Images of Canada(with Paul Simpson-Housley, eds) (1992).

The Ride to Modernity: The Bicycle in Canada 1869-1900 (2001).

Global Game, Local Arena: Restructuring in Corner Brook, Newfoundland (2005).

Critical Geographies of Cycling: History, Political Economy and Culture (2015 - Routledge)

Recognition & Awards

  • Award for Scholarly Distinction in Geography, Canadian Association of Geographers, 2003
  • SSHRC and York Faculty of Arts Research Fellowships
  • Fairman Prize of the American Precision Museum
  • Robert McNair History Award of the American Wheelmen