Professor, Community Development Program


     Phone: 1-902-585-1160
     Office: AAC 487-2 War Memorial Gym



Dr. John Colton is a professor of Sustainability and Community Development Studies in the Environment, Sustainability Studies, Recreation Management and Community Development programs at Acadia university. He received his BA from University of Washington in geography and his Masters' Degree and PhD from the University of Alberta, where he focused on sustainability studies.

Dr. Colton’s research interests have included sustainable tourism, aboriginal tourism, agritourism and community sustainability. He has published papers and book chapters in The Journal of Native Studies, The Pacific Tourism Review, Leisure, Municipal World, and Indigenous Peoples and Tourism. He is a scholar practitioner with applied research projects related to municipal sustainability strategies and decision-making with Halifax Regional Municipality, sustainable procurement, aboriginal tourism feasibility studies and interpretation and programming development program. Dr. Colton is also a training associate for The Natural Step, an international sustainability training organization. He is the east coast sustainable tourism expert for National Geographic's’ World Legacy program and has served as an expedition leader for several northern Canadian river-based expeditions for National Geographic. He is past co-chair of the Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program, Director of the Atlantic Canada Sustainability Initiative, Chair of the Centre for Rural Sustainability, and served on the Nova Scotia Renewable Energy Steering Committee that drafted the Nova Scotia 2015 renewable energy targets. He is a founding member of the Acadia Tidal Energy Institute.



Research Areas:

Sustainable Community Development

Socio-Economic Impacts of Marine Renewable Energy


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