Jerry Buckland

Jerry Buckland is Professor, International Development Studies, and has been an academic for 25 years. Before that Jerry worked for a development organization in Bangladesh for five years.  His teaching and research focus is on micro-finance/bank access, community/economic development, rural development/food security, and development in Bangladesh.

Buckland was Visiting Fellow, the College of Business, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia in 2016. He was MSC Dean from 2013 to 2015 and previously coordinated the International Dev’t Studies program for over 10 years. Buckland was the Director of the University of Winnipeg’s Master’s in Development Practice program in 2012-3, and a Visiting Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies in 1992. He worked as an agricultural economist for Mennonite Central Committee in Bangladesh in the late 1980s-early 1990s.

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Teaching

Community/Economic Development, Research & Evaluation Methods, Food Security / Sovereignty


PhD, Economics (Manitoba); M.A., Economics (Carleton); B.A., Economics (Calgary)

Work in Detail


Jerry teaches courses, among others, on international and community development, research and evaluation methods.

Recent Courses

Financial Empowerment for Development and Peacebuilding

IDS 2110/3 Participatory Local Development

IDS/CRS-3920/3 Action Research Methods

IDS/CRS 4922/3 Program Evaluation in Development & Conflict Resolution


Jerry has authored or co-edited five books, several book chapters, many peer-reviewed articles, and several policy reports. Jerry enjoys and has made numerous presentations in academic and popular forums.

Current Projects

Canadian Financial Diaries

Recent Publications

Building Financial Resilience: Do Credit and Finance Schemes Serve or Impoverish Vulnerable People? New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, 270 pages.

Payday Lending in Canada in a Global Context: A Mature Industry with Chronic Challenges, New York: Palgrave Macmillan (co-edited with Chris Robinson and Brenda Spotton Visano), 2018, 245 pages.

Hard Choices: Financial Exclusion and Fringe Banks in Inner-city Canada, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012, 270 pages.

Applied consulting

Jerry has worked with several non-profit organizations (e.g., Public Interest Law CentreSEED WinnipegConsumers Council of CanadaMomentum/Calgary), federal government departments (Indigenous and Northern Affairs CanadaOffice of Consumer Affairs, Innovation, Sc, & Ec Devt Canada) and, most recently, with Credit Union Central Manitoba, engaging in research, evaluation, and consulting.

Sample reports

‘Building Managers and Staff Members Capacity to Communicate About Work Performance,’ 2017, Winnipeg, with Sandra Wiebe, Stephanie Stobbe and Janet Schmidt.

‘The regulation of Group Plan RESPs and the experiences of low-income subscribers,’ 2018, Winnipeg: SEED Winnipeg, with Gail Henderson, Kevin Schacter, Gaylen Eaton, and Simon Chung.

Community service

Member of FCAC Financial Literacy Research Committee (2018-ongoing) and the ABLE Financial Empowerment Network Research & Policy Action Team (2014-ongoing).