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Joshua Barrett is a PhD Candidate in the Rural Studies program at the University of Guelph. His research is focused on public policy and rural development, and the various ways local governments can improve the socioeconomic conditions of their communities. He teaches courses at both Memorial University and the University of Guelph.
In addition to his research work, Josh is a Senior Environmental Planner with Stantec. In this role, he leads social and economic analysis on engineering, environmental, industrial, and other development projects. He has worked on raising public awareness, engage the academic community and professional associations, municipalities and other organizations as it pertains to climate change adaptation and the green economy.
Since 2021, Josh has served Councillor At-Large for the Town of Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador. With a community of over 27,000 residents, Josh’s involvement includes Planning and Development, as well as Economic Development and Tourism.
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