Harry Cummings

Adjunct Professor
Rural Planning and Development

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  • BA, Western University
  • MA, Clark University
  • PhD, Clark University


Harry Cumming's interests in rural development planning within Canadian and international context take him all over the world working on research and projects. He has recently been involved in a provincial study of the greenbelt and its impact on planning and agriculture. He has done extensive work on planning and rural issues and has an extensive set of studies of these issues. His interest in poverty covers both Canadian and International perspectives. Recently he travelled to Sri Lanka as part of an international rural development study of a rural water supply project for World Vision and CIDA.

Harry's health and social planning work includes rural mental health, troubled youth programs, inmates mental health, aboriginal health, farm related counselling programs and others.

Harry's interests also include program evaluation, economic impact analysis, program logic models, regional economic development, retail planning and institutional development, and he has pursued research and work in these areas. His work takes him to places in Canada, as well as Ethiopia, Iran and Indonesia, Jakarta, Sulawesi and Kalimantan.

At the University of Guelph, Harry has taught program evaluation and research methods, regional planning, and other topics, and advises graduate students in international and Canadian Rural Planning and Development studies and issues. He is often invited to present papers on his work at international conferences, and has also held a six-year term as treasurer with Ontario Board of the Evaluation Society.

Report: Understanding Freefall: The Challenge of the Rural Poor (2006)

Greenbelt Executive Summary

The Ontario Greenbelt Compared to the Rest of Ontario 2001-2006


Area of Research

Rural Planning and Development