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Kirby Calvert

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Dr. Kirby Calvert received his PhD in Geography (2013) at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, where he worked with the Queen’s Institute of Energy and Environmental Policy. After two fulfilling years as an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at The Pennsylvania State University (2013-2015), Kirby returned to Canada to join the Department of Geography at the University of Guelph. His teaching and research program has three interwoven threads: 1) the development of concepts and techniques in geographic information systems to conduct local resource assessments and spatial plans for renewable energy production; 2) studying the evolution of landscapes, land-use systems, and land-use planning activities under more intensive renewable energy development; and 3) evaluating governance innovations that can help to facilitate structural change toward low-carbon energy systems. Kirby puts this research to work as a member of the City of Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative Task Force, and he is Co-Director of the Community Energy Knowledge and Action Partnership (CEKAP); a national partnership of universities and non-academic partners which aims to facilitate local climate change mitigation and resilience building through community energy planning (

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241 Hutt Building



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