Accession MS-2-769 - Personal archives of Ian McAllister

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Personal archives of Ian McAllister

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  • 1967-2010 (Creation)
    McAllister, Ian, 1937-

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2.5 metres of textual records and graphic material

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Ian McAllister (1937-) joined Dalhousie University in 1971 as a Professor of Economics, also later holding additional administrative and academic positions (including chair of the Economics Department and of the Senate Committee on International Development). Previously he headed the regional development unit of the Canadian Department of Finance (1968-71), was the secretary and economic advisor to the Royal Commission on Newfoundland’s Economic Prospects (1965-67), and (1962-65) was the Provincial Economist of the Government of Newfoundland. A graduate of Oxford (MA, Dip. Econ. Dev.) and Cambridge (MA) Universities, he is married with three daughters and is a Canadian citizen.

At Dalhousie he has continued his interest in regional development problems and policy issues, concurrently serving as Director of the Institute for Research on Public Policy’s program on regional development; as a member of the three-person board of economic advisors to the (then) Premier of Nova Scotia (Regan); as a member of the (former) federal Minister of Industry’s advisory board on regional industrial policy; as a member of a (former) Mayor of Halifax’s economic development advisory board; as an economic consultant to the federal Department of Energy on the economics of tidal power, as well as adviser to Newfoundland’s Public Utilities’ Board on rural electrification policy. He was a Commissioner on Canada’s Royal Commission on Seals and Sealing (1984-86) and has written several books on these themes (including Regional Development and the European Community and edited Newfoundland and Labrador: the First Fifteen Years of Confederation) as well as a variety of journal articles and papers. His other professional interests have included three main themes: (1) humanitarian aid and disaster relief; (2) international development assistance; and (3) the roles of universities as contributors to development and ocean governance.

Disasters and Development. He established (on leave of absence from Dalhousie) the Development Department of the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Federation in Geneva (1989-91), continuing to represent the Federation at UN and other events. He has also taught numerous courses for the Pearson Peacekeeping Centre in Canada and overseas. Among books authored in this field are: Sustaining Relief with Development: Strategic Issues for the Red Cross and Red Crescent; Through a Glass Darkly: From Disaster Relief to Modern Peacebuilding; and (as a Pearson Paper) On Issues and Initiatives: The International Red Cross in Times of Duress and Ambiguity. He has been on over thirty international assignments for the IFRC and PPC – from Vietnam to Romania, from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, London, New York, Helsinki, and Washington, Tokyo, Ethiopia, Nairobi, Botswana, and Bangladesh.

His interests in international development and foreign aid have taken him (on CIDA and World Bank-funded assignments) particularly to Ghana, Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Nepal, Indonesia, the Philippines, and to parts of Eastern Europe. He once served as a member of the (federal) Minister’s Advisory Board on Aid to Africa, as well as chaired the Pearson Institute’s board. His books in this general field include: Projects for Relief and Development; Management for Development (with Tom Kent); Six International Development Projects (ed.), and [incorporating also recent events in Haiti], Projects in Search of Relief and Development has reached the review phase.

An interest in the role of universities as development contributors draws on experiences in a number of countries and his books, in this field, include Working with Neighbours, University Partnerships for International Development [published (1996) by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada]; Working with the Region (ed.); and Windows on the World (ed.). He officially retired in 2002, but continues to teach and supervise students each year at Dalhousie. He is a research fellow with the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies and, since 2010, is chair of the Board of the International Ocean Institute – Canada. In April 2015, Ian McAllister was selected to receive an honorary degree from Dalhousie University.

Custodial history

Materials were donated to the University Archives in 2011 by Ian McAllister. Prior to that they were in the custody of Ian McAllister.

Scope and content

Accession contains research material, articles, book reviews and books written by Ian McAllister between 1967 and 2010. Subjects include regional and international development, universities, peacebuilding, the Red Cross, and humanitarian aid. Accession also contains lectures and address given for different Conferences and organizations through out the years. Accession also includes one photograph.

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The materials were arranged by Ian McAllister prior to donation. The Archives have retained this arrangement structure.

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room.

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A detailed inventory is available in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room.

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Finding aid was created on April 16, 2015.

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  • English

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