John Belec, PhD

Office: A407b, Abbotsford
Phone: x4562
Current Position
Faculty, Department of Geography


My fascination with urban geography, I now realize, began as a child. Endless hours were spent constructing, and de-constructing, urban landscapes in the basement of my parents' suburban home in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. My interest in urban studies followed me through adulthood, and I completed degrees in urban geography at Brock University (BA, Hons, 1978) and Queen's University (MA, 1980; PhD, 1988). My university teaching career began in 1984 at Nippissing University. I moved to UFV in 1992.


PhD, Queens University, 1988
MA, Queens University, 1980
BA (Hons), Brock University, 1978


Teaching Interests
Courses Taught:
GEOG 130: Canada (on-line)
GEOG 252: Explanation in Geography: Quantitative Techniques
GEOG 344: Urban Development
GEOG 421: Borderlands
GEOG 440: Advanced Research Topics in Urban Geography


Research Interests
My research specialties are focused in the study of: 1) urban residential design and housing markets and 2) cross-border regions. In 2013-14, I will embark on a third research endeavour which combines elements of the two: a study of Abbotsford's ethnic enclave known as the Townline neighbourhood.

For a more detailed description of research interests, see my research page.



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