Fonds MS-2-769 - Ian McAllister fonds

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Ian McAllister fonds

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  • 1967-2019 (Creation)
    McAllister, Ian

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2.5 metres of textual records and graphic material

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Ian McAllister joined Dalhousie University in 1971 as a professor of economics, later holding additional administrative and academic positions, including department chair and chair of the Senate Committee on International Development. Prior to coming to Dalhousie, he was educated at Oxford and Cambridge universities before serving as the Provincial Economist of Newfoundland (1962-65); secretary and economic advisor to the Royal Commission on Newfoundland's Economic Prospects (1965-67); and head of the regional development unit of the Canadian Department of Finance (1968-71).

His professional interests include regional development problems and policy issues and he concurrently served as director of the Institute for Research on Public Policy’s program on regional development; an economic advisor to Premier Regan; a member of the federal Minister of Industry’s advisory board on regional industrial policy; a member of the Mayor of Halifax’s economic development advisory board; a consultant to the federal Department of Energy on the economics of tidal power; and 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 extensively on these and other themes, including international development and foreign aid, disasters and development, and the role of universities as development contributors.

Officially retired from Dalhousie in 2002, McAllister continues to teach and supervise students. He is a research fellow with the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies and chair of the Board of the International Ocean Institute – Canada. In April 2015 McAllister received an honorary Doctor of Laws 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

Fonds contains records documenting Ian McAllister's work as an economist and professor between 1967 and 2010. Records include research materials and manuscripts about regional and international development and policy, foreign aid, disasters and development, and the role of universities as development contributors.

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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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  • English

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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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