Keynote Speakers
Dr Lawrence Felt
Department of Sociology
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Dr Lawrence (Larry) Felt holds a Bachelor degree in Biology and a PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois (USA). He is currently a Professor in Memorial’s Department of Sociology where he has taught since 1975. Trained in both natural and social science, his research experience includes investigation of regional economic inequality, state management of marine resources, community-based economic development and the sociology of marine science. Of particular interest to Dr Felt are efforts to link the accumulated knowledge and experience of resource users with the scientific research that provides the current basis of contemporary state management of marine resources. Dr Felt has authored or co-authored four books and over seventy professional articles on rural health care, resource management, fisheries policy and social and economic community development. A strong proponent of locally directed economic and social development, Dr Felt has undertaken comparative work involving other Canadian jurisdictions as well as Iceland and other societies of the North Atlantic maritime rim.
Jørgen Amdam
Volda University College

Born 1945, at Ørskog in Møre and Romsdal County, Norway.

Master and Dr. scient. of land consolidation and planning, at NLH, Ås, Norway, 1970, 1974.

Employed at Møre og Romsdal Distriktshøgskule, Volda; now Høgskulen I Volda (Volda University College), from 1973. Professor of local and regional planning and administration. Extensive experience as teacher and research leader; over 200 publications.

Main academic interests: Planning theory and methods - communicative planning. Local planning and administration, Regional policy, planning and development.

Publications: Books (registered in Bibsys), Registrations in Forskpub, Papers (downloadable).

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