Ken Beesley

Retired
  • Ph.D. (Geography), University of Waterloo

Email: beesleyk@brandonu.ca

Research Interests

Ken Beesley specializes in “Rural Social Geography” in both teaching and research activities. Current research initiatives focus on:

  1. The horse industry in Canada
  2. Tourism and rural development
  3. Adolescent health models in small town environments in Nova Scotia
  4. Rural sustainability issues

Recent Publications

Beesley, K.B. & D. Ramsey (in press) Agricultural Land Preservation, International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. London: Springer

Lovett, C. & K.B. Beesley (in press) Where to live?  Rural Canada’s Creative Class and Residential Preferences. Prairie Perspectives

Lovett, C. & K.B. Beesley (submitted) The Residential Preferences of Canada’s Future Creative Class: Can Rural Areas Compete in the New Creative Economy? in D. Ramsey & D. Winchell (eds) Rural Change, Connections and Scale: Identity, Development and Demographic Change. Spokane: Eastern Washington University Press

Refereed Contributions

Ramsey, D. and K. Beesley (2007) ‘Perimeteritis’ and Rural Health in Manitoba , Canada : Perspectives from Rural Health Care Managers. Rural and Remote Health. 11pp.

Zehtab-Martin, A. & K.B. Beesley (2007) Immigrant Service Gaps in a Small City: Brandon, Manitoba, Our Diverse Cities No.3 (Spring), 75-79

Ramsey, D. and K. Beesley (2006)Rural Community Well-being: The Perspectives of Health Care Managers in Southwestern Manitoba, Canada Journal of Rural and Community Development. 2(1):86-107.

Beesley, K. B. (2004)  Living on the edge: landscape, satisfaction, community, pp. 113-123 in Ramsey, D. & C. R. Bryant, eds. The Structure and Dynamics of Rural Territories.  Brandon: Rural Development Institute

Beesley, K. B. & L. L. Sanderson (2003) Perception and Sustainable Forest Management: Woodland Owners in the Nova Model Forest, Prairie Perspectives 6: 155-174

Beesley, K. B.  Millward, H., Ilbery, B. & Harrington, L., eds. (2003)  The New Countryside: Geographic Perspectives on Rural Change.  Brandon and Halifax: Brandon University, Rural Development Institute and Saint Mary’s University

Beesley, K. B.  & J. Merlin (2003) Public Support for Farmland Preservation Strategies: A Pilot Study in Colchester County, Nova Scotia, in K B. Beesley, Millward, H., Ilbery, B. & Harrington, L., eds. (in press)  The New Countryside: Geographic Perspectives on Rural Change.  Brandon and Halifax: Brandon University, Rural Development Institute and Saint Mary’s University

Beesley, K. B., Whelpton, K., & D. Langille (2003) Sex, Teens and the Small Town:  The Amherst Initiative for Healthy Adolescent Sexuality, in K B. Beesley, Millward, H., Ilbery, B. & Harrington, L., eds. (in press)  The New Countryside: Geographic Perspectives on Rural Change.  Brandon and Halifax: Brandon University, Rural Development Institute and Saint Mary’s University

Millward, H., Harrington, L, Ilbery, B. & K. B. Beesley (2003) Introduction:  Milieux, Viewpoints, and Processes of Change in the New Countryside, in K B. Beesley, Millward, H., Ilbery, B. & Harrington, L., eds. (in press)  The New Countryside: Geographic Perspectives on Rural Change.  Brandon and Halifax: Brandon University, Rural Development Institute and Saint Mary’s University.

Millward, H., K. B. Beesley, B. Ilbery and L. Harrington (eds.) (2000) Agricultural and Environmental Sustainability in the New Countryside.  Halifax: Saint Mary’s University Press and the Rural Research Centre, NSAC.

Beesley, K. B. H. Millward, L. Harrington and B. Ilbery (2000) Introduction: Environmental and economic forces affecting rural producers (And What’s Happening in the Annapolis Valley?), in H. Millward, K. B. Beesley, B. Ilbery and L. Harrington (eds.) Agricultural and Environmental Sustainability in the New Countryside.  Halifax: Saint Mary’s University Press and the Rural Research Centre, NSAC.

Recent Conference Presentations

Beesley, K. B. (2008) Living on the Edge: The Rural-Urban Fringe in the New Canadian Countryside. Kelowna, BC: Fourth Annual Urban Forum, 1 April, University of British Columbia-Okanagan

Beesley, K.B. (2007) Canadian Equiculture: Selected Dimensions. Sudbury, ON: Canadian Association of Geographers, Ontario Division.

Beesley, K.B. (2007) Selected Dimensions of Canadian Equiculture. Moncton, NB: Atlantic Canada Association of Geographers.

Beesley, K. B. (2007) Canadian Equiculture. Peterborough: Trent University, Department of Geography (Public Lecture)

Beesley, K.B. (2007) Dimensions of Canadian Equiculture: Associations, Events, and Tourism. Spokane: International Rural Geography Symposium “The Global Rural: Rural Change, Connections and Scale,” July 15-22

Lovett, C. & K.B. Beesley (2007) The Residential Preferences of Canada’s Future Creative Class: Can Rural Areas Compete in the New Creative Economy? Spokane: International Rural Geography Symposium “The Global Rural: Rural Change, Connections and Scale,” July 15-22

Beesley, K.B. (2006) Canadian Equi-Culture: Tourism and Geography. Annual meeting of the Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Division of the Association of American Geographers, Lincoln, NE.

Lovett, C. & K.B. Beesley (2006) The Residential Preferences of Rural Canada’s Future Creative Class. Mystic CT: Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association.

Lovett, C. & K.B. Beesley (2006) Where to live?  Rural Canada’s Creative Class and Residential Preferences. Thunder Bay ON: Canadian Association of Geographers

Beesley, K. B. (2005) Regional City, Rural-Urban Fringe, Rurality: Change and Sustainability. Brandon, MB: Manitoba Planning Conference.

Beesley, K. B. and J. Bucklaschuk (2005) Fortunes in the Countryside: Dimensions of Equi-Culture in Canada. London, ON: Canadian Association of Geographers.

Beesley, K. B. and J. Bucklaschuk (2004) Dimensions of Equi-Culture in Canada: Focus on Associations. Muenster, SK: Canadian Association of Geographers, Prairie Division.

Beesley, K. B. and J. Bucklaschuk (2004) Equi-Culture: Perspectives on Events. Portland, Maine: NESTVAL

Beesley, K. B. (2003) Equi-Culture: Conceptualizing the Canadian Horse Industry. Gimli, MB: Canadian Association of Geographers, Prairie Division

Beesley, K. B. (2003) Conceptualizing Equi-Culture: The Canadian Horse Industry.  Annual meeting of the Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Division of the Association of American Geographers, Manhattan, Kansas

Beesley, K. B. (2003) Exploring Equi-Culture: Horses in the Canadian Countryside.  Fifth British-American-Canadian Conference on Rural Geography, Exeter-Plymouth, UK

Campbell, A., D. Ramsey & K.B. Beesley (2003) Defining Rural Health and Well-Being in Westman. Rural Canada: Issues and Insights Conference, Brandon: MB.

Walsh, D. & K. B. Beesley (2003) Ten Years Later: Coastal Community Restabilization and the Role of the Ocean in the Post-Moratorium Period. Ottawa, ON: Ocean  Management Research Network Conference

Beesley, K. B. & L. Sanderson (2002) Perception and Forest Management.  Neepawa MB: Canadian Association of Geographers, Prairie Division.

Beesley, K. B.  (2002) Living on the Edge.  Toronto: Canadian Association of Geographers.

Beesley, K. B. (2001) Public perceptions and forest management.  Lawrencetown NS: Atlantic Canada Association of Geographers.

Beesley, K. B., L. Sanderson & R. Colborne (2001) Towards Sustainable Forest Management: Perceptions of Woodland Owners in Central Nova Scotia.  New York: Association of American Geographers

McKay, D. J. & K. B. Beesley (2000) Community and Resource Issues in New England: A Review of Recent Literature.  Halifax: Atlantic Canada Association of Geographers

McKay, D. J. & K. B. Beesley (2000) Rural Sustainability in Atlantic Canada: A Review of Recent Literature.  Providence, RI: NESTVAL

Sanderson, L., K. B. Beesley & R. Colborne (2000) Forests: Public Perceptions and Attitudes in Central Nova Scotia. Truro:  Rural Research Centre, Seventh Annual Colloquium

Beesley, K. B. & J. Merlin (2000)  Public Support for Farmland Preservation Strategies: A Pilot Study in Colchester County, Nova Scotia.  Truro:  Rural Research Centre, Seventh Annual Colloquium

Beesley, K. B. (2000) Public Attitudes Toward Forest Issues: Urban-Rural Variations in Central Nova Scotia.  Pittsburgh: Association of American Geographers.

Teaching Responsibilities. Courses:

88:552 Sustainability in Rural Development (Graduate)

88:560 Economic Development (Graduate)

88:580 Guided Individual Studies (Graduate)

88:590 Co-Operative Experience (Graduate)

88:350/565 Rural Issues (Undergraduate/Graduate)

88:351/566 Rural Development and Social Indicators (Undergraduate/Graduate)

88:600 Thesis (supervision)