Jerry Buckland

Jerry Buckland is an Economics professor at Canadian Mennonite University’s Redekop School of Business and a professor of International Development based at the University of Winnipeg. He specializes in financial ecosystem studies and regional/community development. He has authored many articles and books in these fields including co-authoring, with Brenda Spotton Visano, the book Financial Vulnerability in Canada: The Embedded Experience of Households (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022). With a team of researchers, he is working on a 6-year study, the Canadian Financial Diaries, exploring the financial dynamics of people with low and modest incomes.

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

Financial Ecosystems (Inclusion, Capability), 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

  • IDS-1100/6 Introduction to International Development Studies (UWpg)
  • IDS/CRS 2443/3 Conflict and Development Issues in Indigenous Communities (UWpg)
  • IDS/CRS-3920/3 Action Research Methods (UWpg)
  • IDS/CRS 4922/3 Program Evaluation in Development & Conflict Resolution (UWpg).


Jerry has authored or co-edited several 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 and Manitoba Public Insurance engaging in research, evaluation, and consulting.

Sample reports

‘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.

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

Community service

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