Gibson Re-elected to CCEDNet Board of Directors

Gibson Re-elected to CCEDNet Board of Directors
  The Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) recently announced Dr. Ryan Gibson has been re-elected to the board of directors for a three-year term. CCEDNet is a member-driven, not-for-profit, charitable organization made up of community-based organizations, co-operatives, social enterprises, practitioners, active citizens, researchers, and other organizations involved in community economic development. Throughout Canada, CCEDNet...

Open Data and Rural Innovation: Presentation at GOOD 2018

Open Data and Rural Innovation: Presentation at GOOD 2018
  SEDRD students Ashleigh Weeden (PhD, Rural Studies), Valencia Gaspard (PhD, Rural Studies) and Alex Petric (MSc, Rural Planning & Development) recently shared their insights on open data and innovation in rural communities at the 2018 GOOD Conference in Barrie, ON. Ashleigh, Valencia, and Alex were featured on a panel about the ‘networked rural’ and the opportunities and challenges of open data initiatives in rural communities, moderated by B

Place, Collaboration and Innovation: NSPDA/LPPANS Conference

Place, Collaboration and Innovation: NSPDA/LPPANS Conference
  How can communities build and plan for vibrant local futures? Dr. Gibson recently contributed a keynote presentation on this topic to the 2018 Inspiring Results: Working Together to Make Great Things Happen Conference in Halifax. Regional development and planning in Canada plays host to numerous experiments and experiences towards building vibrant local futures. Rural communities and regions encounter unique challenges related to distance, spa...

Where do Rural Communities Fit into Innovation?

Where do Rural Communities Fit into Innovation?
  Check out the latest video from the University of Guelph's Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies featuring Ashleigh Weeden! The video showcases Ashleigh's doctoral research on innovation in rural communities. For more information on her research click here.                 ▶ University of Guelph Graduate Student Ashleigh Weeden (PhD, SEDRD) 

Lessons from youth facilitated participatory community development in informal settlements in Honduras

Lessons from youth facilitated participatory community development in informal settlements in Honduras
As part of the requirements for the M.Sc. program in Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph, Stephanie Patzer is conducting a research project with TECHO Honduras, with support from Cuso International. TECHO is an NGO, present in 19 countries in Latin America, that seeks to overcome poverty through the collective action of youth volunteers and the residents of informal settlements, executing programs and projects that enable community d

Stay Connected to Canadian Rural Development Stories

Stay Connected to Canadian Rural Development Stories
  Ever wondered what is happening in rural British Columbia or rural Québec? There is a way to stay connected to rural development news from across Canada -- the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation newsletter! The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation publishes a free monthly newsletter containing stories on rural and regional development news, events, and stories. Once you register to receive the newsletter it is delivered to your inbox ea

Discussing the Next Generation of Rural Development Policy

Discussing the Next Generation of Rural Development Policy
  What does the future of rural development policy look like? How can we ensure appropriate, effective, and efficient policies to support rural areas and their economies? This was the focus of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's 2018 Rural Development Conference. The Conference brought together over 400 leading policy makers, private sector and renowned experts to exchange experiences and good practices on issues related

Check Out Weeden’s Recent Publication: “Canada deserves a rural innovation agenda…”

Check Out Weeden’s Recent Publication: “Canada deserves a rural innovation agenda…”
  With all the hoopla around innovation systems, what is happening around rural innovation? Ashleigh Weeden, PhD student in Rural Studies at the University of Guelph, recently published an article challenge the current discourse of urban-based innovation strategies and agendas. In the article, titled "Canada deserves a rural innovation agenda …", Weeden argues for a unique rural innovation agenda that contributes advances rural communities. Check o

2018 International Comparative Rural Policy Summer Institute

2018 International Comparative Rural Policy Summer Institute
  Each year, graduate students and faculty from the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development participate in a two-week summer institute focused on comparative rural policy. The 2018 edition of the International Comparative Rural Policy Summer Institute will be held in Tuskegee, Alabama from June 24-July 7, 2018. An introductory session for students interested in learning more about the 2018 International Comparative Rural Policy Summer ...