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John Belec

Dr. John Belec

Faculty Associate

Geography and the Environment

Abbotsford campus, A407b

Phone: 604-854-4562

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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.

View my full research profile here.

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