Dr. Reid is an international scholar whose work focusses on social planning, poverty, community development, leisure and tourism. He addresses the role of work and leisure in life-construction and life-satisfaction in a world where resources are unequally shared and access to those same resources is becoming increasingly scarce for many. His most recent books are titled, “Social Policy and Planning in the 21st Century: In Search of the Next Great Social Transformation", and "A New World System: From Chaos to Sustainability". both books are published by Routledge.
His research has identified the critical issues facing rural communities as they attempt to diversify their economies from primary sector-based activity (farming) to service-based industries (tourism). His research extends to all regions of Canada and Africa. He is involved in studies that examine the level of social service provision in rural communities. His most recent work focuses on world-system change forced by climate change, new technologies, poverty, and increased migration.
In addition to his extensive research into Community Development, Social Planning, and Tourism and Recreation Planning, he has taught at all levels in the school including graduate courses in social policy and planning, research methods, tourism and recreation planning and undergraduate courses in tourism and recreation planning through distance education. Dr. Reid has also served on the board of Leisure, the Journal of the Canadian Association for Leisure Studies, and is a former member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.