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Dr. Douglas West

Professor Emeritus

Phone Number: 
+1 (705) 330-4008ext. 2647
Office Location: 
OA 3019
Academic Qualifications: 

Ph.D. Carleton 1990
M.A. Calgary 1984
HBA Concordia 1982

Research Interests: 

Dr. Douglas A. West is the editor of four books in including From Our Eyes: Learning from Indigenous Peoples (Garamond) and the author of 3 editions of the Instructor’s Manual for An Introduction to Government and Politics: A Conceptual Approach(Nelson) By M. O. Dickerson, Thomas Flanagan, Brenda O'Neill. He has contributed over 20 articles, chapters, reviews and editorials to scholarly journals and edited works in the areas of Canadian Political Thought, Indigenous Political Ideas, Northern Politics and the Politics of Food. Dr. West has also presented papers at over 30 conferences and public gatherings. From 2006-2008, he served as Co-Director for the Food Security Research and Service Exchange Network which was funded by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation for 985,000. Dr. West has served Lakehead University as a member of the Senate Teaching and Learning Committee, The Senate Research Committee, the Senate Nominations Committee and was Chair of the Senate Academic Committee in 2008-9. Dr. West is also committed to developing Community Service Learning and Community Based Research at Lakehead and has served on many not-for-profit Boards in Thunder Bay, Ottawa and Victoria, BC as a member and advisor for the past 19 years. He has developed over 25 different classroom based and on-line courses for the Department of Political Science and served as Chair from 2003-2006. Currently, his research interests are focused on Community Food Sovereignty/Sustainability, Northern Food Policy and the Political Ideas of George Grant and Harold Innis.