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Evan Cleave

Cleave, Evan


Assistant Professor




JOR 631


416-979-5000 x543456

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Dr. Evan Cleave is a human geographer whose research and teaching focuses on issues of urban, economic, and business geography. His doctoral research was on understanding the effectiveness of place branding in influencing decision-making of businesses, talent, and immigrants. Evan’s current work seeks to examine issues of effective local economic development planning and local finance. Further research explores the changing spatial distribution of manufacturing in Ontario, the spatial-temporal patterns of plant closure, and their impacts on affected workers and communities. Finally, Evan is using the recent Amazon HQ2 competition as a jumping off point to investigate contemporary the business attraction strategies of cities, as well as the key factors that drive location decision-making of large firms.

Prior to joining Ryerson, Evan was SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Toronto. He earned his PhD from the Department of Geography at the University of Western Ontario, after doing an M.GIS from the University of Calgary.

“Ryerson University and the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies have excellent reputations for challenging its students to develop strong scholastic skills and in-depth theory and knowledge, while also providing students with the technical and professional expertise needed to find a job in the dynamic economic landscapes of Toronto, Ontario, and Canada. And to me equally important is the presence of an active student population who are eager to learn and participate in all aspects of academia. I am excited to become part of this exceptional community at Ryerson.”


Geography & Environmental Studies