‘Building the Future’ research initiative launches at OGRA with standing-room only workshop

‘Building the Future’ research initiative launches at OGRA with standing-room only workshop
Dr. Ryan Gibson and Ashleigh Weeden (PhD student, School of Environmental Design & Rural Development) hosted a workshop at the Ontario Good Roads Association's 2019 Conference in Toronto yesterday (February 26, 2019) to launch the "Building the Future: Rural Infrastructure & Regional Economic Development" research initiative. Over 125 delegates participated in discussions focused on the opportunities and challenges facing rural communities in ma...

Gibson and Weeden highlight rural infrastructure research initiative in OGRA Milestones magazine

Gibson and Weeden highlight rural infrastructure research initiative in   OGRA Milestones magazine
A new research initiative aimed at investigating the influence of rural communities' capacity to respond to infrastructure challenges on their immediate and long-term economic development potential is underway. Dr. Ryan Gibson is the lead investigator of the project, which includes researchers and policy experts from across Canada, including University of Guelph PhD student Ashleigh Weeden. Funded through the research partnership program between the Ont...

Gibson, Weeden & Furst Share Insights on Re-Imagining Evidence Based Policy at ECONOUS18 in Moncton, New Brunswick

Gibson, Weeden & Furst Share Insights on Re-Imagining Evidence Based Policy at ECONOUS18 in Moncton, New Brunswick
On September 25, 2018, Dr. Ryan Gibson (Libro Professor in Regional Economic Development, University of Guelph), Ashleigh Weeden (University of Guelph) and Bojan Furst (The Harris Centre, Memorial University of Newfoundland) delivered a skill-building workshop to nearly 40 community economic development professionals from across Canada at the Canadian Community Economic Development Network's EconoUs18 conference in Moncton, New Brunswick. The workshop focu

New Episode of Rural Routes Podcasts on Rural Immigration

New Episode of Rural Routes Podcasts on Rural Immigration
Have you ever wondered what immigration to rural areas of Canada look like? Check out Episode 13 of Rural Routes Podcasts with Michael Haan. "Canada is a land of immigrants” is a phrase we hear often. And while that is certainly true in many ways, immigration is a complex issue we don’t spend nearly as much time talking about as we should. Michael Haan is Canada Research Chair in Immigration and Ethnic Relations at Western University in London, Ontario, an

Rural Routes Episode on Northern Housing

Rural Routes Episode on Northern Housing
  What does it mean to live rurally in the 21st century? This is the foundational question asked during each episode of Rural Routes Podcasts. The online podcast program was created in 2015 through a partnership between the Leslie Harris Centre for Regional Policy and Development and the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation. In Episode 12, Dr. Gibson shares his experience meeting with researchers at the Cold Climate Housing Research Centre in F

New Funding Announcement: Building Vibrant Rural Futures

New Funding Announcement: Building Vibrant Rural Futures
  On October 3, 2016, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) awarded Dr. Gibson and his colleagues a one-year Connections Grant. The Connections Grant will facilitate the Building Vibrant Rural Futures conference, support engagement of community and students in rural policy discussions, and support knowledge mobilization among researchers, policy makers, and local/regional development actors. The Building Vibrant R...