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Curriculum Vitae


Doctor of Philosophy (ABD), Geography, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, 2006-present

  • Dissertation title: The Bamboo that Bends: Tracing a global commodity chain
  • Committee: Katharine Rankin (supervisor), Rachel Silvey, Scott Prudham, and Meric Gertler
  • Exam Fields: Uneven Development, Relational Geographies, Commodities and Commodification

Master of Arts, Political Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2004

  • Thesis title: Corporatism, Credit and Clients: A political economy analysis of credit for the poor in Vietnam
  • Committee: John Wood (supervisor) and Michael Leaf

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), International Development Studies and History, University of King’s College and Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 1991-1996

Awards, Distinctions and Fellowships

  • ChATSEA / SSHRC Research Grant, 2008, 2009 ($10,000 per year)
  • University of Toronto Graduate Fellowship, 2006-2010 ($17,000 per year)
  • Association of American Geographers, Economic Geography Specialty Group Graduate Student Research Award, 2008 ($750)
  • Kari Polanyi-Levitt Prize, Canadian Association for Studies in International Development, 2008 ($1,000)
  • University of Toronto Department of Geography Research Fellowship, 2007 ($3,250)
  • University of Toronto Asian Institute Graduate Student Support Grant, 2008 ($1,000)

Teaching Experience

Instructor, Geography 4395: Asia-Pacific Development, Department of Geography, York University, Toronto, Fall 2008.

  • Taught a 4th year seminar in the economic geography of the Asia-pacific. Specific focus on the development state, commodity flows, changing labour relations and the role of the state in economic development.

Instructor, ASI400Y: Political Economy of the Asia-Pacific, David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, Winter 2008.

  • Taught one semester of full year 4th year capstone class for Asia-pacific studies students. Seminar focused on the political economy of Southeast Asia with a focus on key texts within Southeast Asian political economy.

Teaching Assistant, GGRA02: Cities and Environments, Department of Social Sciences, University of Toronto at Scarborough, Fall 2007   

Teaching Assistant, GGR 342: Geography of Development in Southeast Asia

Department of Geography, University of Toronto, Fall 2006

Teaching Assistant, Comparative Political Ideologies and Comparative Politics

Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia, Fall / Winter 2000

Other Teaching Experience

Instructor, Journées de Tam Dao, Summer School in Social Science Research, July-August 2010

  • Designed and co-facilitated a one-week research methods seminar on agrarian transition for an annual social science summer school for 27 researchers from Vietnam, Lao PDR and Cambodia. Delivered short lectures on agrarian transition and commodity networks and facilitated presentations from participants.

Program Associate, Monitoring and Evaluation, Coady International Instiute, St. Francis Xavier University, 2004 – 2006

  • In the context of the Diploma in Development Leadership, facilitated integrative learning seminars for 45 professionals from developing countries. Delivered two one-week segments of a 5-month Diploma that aided participants to integrate their learning from various block courses, as well as one one-week segment on local responses to globalization.
  • Supervised independent research on governance and development for three Diploma students.

Academic Advisor, World University Service Canada International Seminar, Hanoi, Vietnam, Summer, 2002

  • Designed and facilitated development studies seminar for 30 Canadian and 30 Vietnamese studies.  Developed a student learning manual based on community based learning, coordinated a two week series of lectures from Vietnamese researchers and development professionals in Hanoi followed by a three week immersive experience in small groups in uplands villages.

Coordinator World University Service Canada International Seminar, Vietnam, Summer 1998, 2001

  • Designed and coordinated two learning seminars for Canadian and Vietnamese students in Vietnam in 1998 and 2001. Assisted faculty academic advisor in supervisor students’ independent research.


Rankin, K. and Delaney, J. (Accepted subject to revisions, 8 September 2010). Community BIAs as Practices of Assemblage: Contingent Politics in the Neoliberal City. Environment and Planning A.

Delaney, J. (2009). The Tools of Empire? Microfinance and the state in Vietnam. Canadian Journal of Development Studies 29 (3-4): 313-328.

Book Chapters and Non-refereed papers

Delaney, J. (2009). Doing Research in a Time of Crisis. Canadian Council of Southeast Asian Studies 9(2): 10-12.

Delaney, J. and N.D. Vinh. 2008. When Bamboo is Old, the Sprouts Appear: Rekindling local economies through traditional skills in Hanoi. In A. Mathie and G. Cunningham (eds.) From Clients to Citizens: Communities changing the course of their own development. London: Practical Action.

Papers in preparation

Delaney, J. (in preparation) Economic Geography and public policy: assemblages, performances and influences. In preparation for special issue of The Professional Geographer. Accepted by special issue editors; will enter formal peer review November 15th.


Delaney, J. (2010). Trading values: A political economy of exchange in Vietnam’s bamboo sector. Paper presented at the Revisiting Agrarian Transitions in Southeast Asia Conference, Chiang Mai, Bangkok, March 2010.

Delaney, J. (2009). A Political Ecology of price fetishism: Raising expectations and declining prices in Vietnam’s bamboo sector. Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers, Gary Gaile Development Geography Pre-conference, Washington D.C., April 20010.

Delaney, J. (2008). Culturing production or the production of culture? Traditional knowledge and asset based development in a bamboo construction cooperative. Paper presented at the Southeast Asian Geography Association biannual conference, Diliman, The Philippines, June 2008.

Delaney, J. (2008). Diverse economies and critique. Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers annual meeting, Boston, April 2008.

Delaney, J. (2007). Consumption spaces and the politics of placemaking: Commercial strips in Toronto. Paper Presented at the Second International Conference on Economic Geography, Beijing, China, 2007.

Delaney, J. (2007). The tools of empire?  On microfinance, territory and the economic subject.  Paper presented at the Association of American Geographers annual meeting, San Francisco, May 2007.

Delaney, J. (2002). Indicators of urban and rural poverty.  Paper Presented at the HCMC Economics University – Institute of Social Studies MDE Lecture Series.

Delaney, J. and Tran Thi Kim Xuyen. (2002).  Indicators of urban poverty in HCMC.  Paper presented at the Official Development Assistance Partnership (ODAP) Workshop on Poverty in HCMC.

Delaney, J. (2001).  What we can learn from informal savings and credit?  Paper presented at University of Social Sciences and Humanities of HCMC National Workshop on Microfinance and Development

Research Experience

Research Associate, Centre for Urban and Community Studies, University of Toronto, Ontario, 2004-2006

  • Conducted interviews, literature reviews and data analysis on Business Improvement Areas and commercial change in downtown Toronto. Co-authored report on Commercial Change in the Downtown West Side.

Case Study Researcher, Coady International Institute, St. Francis Xavier University and the National Institute for Agricultural Planning of Vietnam, Summer 2007

  • Conducted a case study in cooperative development in Vietnam as a component of the Coady International Institute’s Asset-based community development initiative funded by the Comart Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

Research Coordinator, Localized Poverty Reduction in Vietnam Program, Center for Human Settlements, University of British Columbia and the National Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities of Vietnam (NCSSH), 2002 – 2003

  • Coordinated research and publications for a large action research project focusing on developing local planning processes and linkages between universities and poor communities in Vietnam. Coordinated project reporting and internal evaluations.

Consulting and other professional experience

Team Leader, Local Development Planning and Institutional Expert, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Various sites in Vietnam and Laos, PDR, 2009-2010

  • Provided supervision and evaluation services to four International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) financed programs in Attapeu, Lao PDR; Oudomxai, Lao PDR; Dak Nong, Vietnam and Gia Lai, Vietnam.

Planning and Local Economic Development Consultant, German Technical Cooperation (GTZ), Attapeu Province, Laos, PDR, May 2010

  • Conducted a technical review Local Economic Development Planning planning processes for GTZ’s Rural Development in Mountainous Areas (RDMA) Program in Lao PDR.

Technical Coordinator (part-time, 5 days per month), CHF-partners in rural development, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2009

  • Led a team of six consultants contracted by CHF-partners in rural development to provide technical services in livelihoods planning for the ADB/JFPR Livelihoods Reconstruction for households displaced by the Song Bung Dam project.

Economic Analyst, LCBD Associates for the World Bank, Hanoi, February 2009

  • Conducted an institutional and financial analysis of wastewater treatment options for small scale enterprises for the World Bank Industrial Wastewater Management in River Basins Nhue-Day & Dongnai Project

Program Associate, Monitoring and Evaluation, Coady International Instiute, St. Francis Xavier University, 2004 – 2006

  • Led all institutional planning and evaluation strategies for development education, capacity building and research programs. Developed new institutional marketing strategy and implemented new e-marketing strategy, and was responsible for maintaining and growing relationships with the Canadian Association of Native Development Officers.

Technical Coordinator, Vietnam. CHF-partners in rural development, Hanoi, Vietnam, 2003-2004

  • Led the Sustainable Livelihoods in Quy Chau program in Vietnam. Managed a budget of $1,200,000 CAN (3 years) and supervised work of 4 CHF staff and numerous Vietnamese counterpart staff. Developed capacity building program on sustainable livelihoods analysis and village development planning for local government and university researchers

Development Facilitator, Localized Poverty Reduction in Vietnam Program, Center for Human Settlements, University of British Columbia and the University of Social Sciences and Humanities of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 2000 – 2002.

  • Designed and delivered training programs on community economic development planning, small enterprise development and microfinance for a network of institutions supported by the Localized Poverty Reduction in Vietnam program. Prepared reports to donors and substantive reports on urban poverty, ethnicity and poverty and microfinance.

Project Officer, World University Service Canada (WUSC), Hanoi, Vietnam, 1997-1999

  • Responsible for management of human resource development and capacity building programs in Vietnam, including study seminars, internships, student exchanges and small projects in sustainable tourism. Supervised the placement of over 40 Canadian students and interns in Vietnam.

Community Involvement / Administrative Activity

  • Board Member, World University Service Canada (WUSC), 2006-2008
  • Newsletter Editor and Executive Member, Development Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers. 2008-present
  • Conference Program Chair, AAG Gary Gaile Development Geographies Pre-Conference, April 2009
  • Student Executive Representative, Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies, 2009-present