Defining Rural in Ingersoll: Stoop Shares Research at IGU/CAG 2018

Defining Rural in Ingersoll: Stoop Shares Research at IGU/CAG 2018
  Academics and governments create definitions of what is a rural community, and what is not a rural community, on a regular basis. These definitions might be based on population counts or based on access to services. How communities actually define themselves, however, is a different question. Neil Stoop, Master of Science in Rural Planning and Development candidate, share findings of his thesis research at the International Geography Union/Can...

SEDRD researchers to explore how provincial policy makers use research evidence to develop rural policy

SEDRD researchers to explore how provincial policy makers use research evidence to develop rural policy
Governments across Canada struggle develop and implement robust, flexible, and effective rural policies and programs to meet the ever-changing contexts of rural communities. Critical to understanding how policymakers are addressing this challenge as they design, implement and/or evaluate rural policy and programming is examining if and how they use research evidence – and what kind of evidence – they use to inform this process. As a sub-component of the...

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

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

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

Broadband Connectivity in Rural

Broadband Connectivity in Rural
  Rural communities throughout Canada experience unequal access to high-speed Internet. This 'disconnect' hinders the ability of rural residents, businesses, governments, and nonprofit organizations. Recently, Dr. Gibson was involved in a formal submission to the Government of Canada, advocating for changes to how broadband connectivity is delivered in rural and northern communities. The formal submission makes five recommendations to the Governmen...

Community Wealth Forums in Rural Ontario

Community Wealth Forums in Rural Ontario
How can rural communities create long standing public benefit from individual legacies? The Rural Ontario Institute is hosting two forums to explore how philanthropy can be utilized to sustain and revitalize local communties. The forums will be an opportunity for non-profit organizations to exchange experiences and learn from one another about how to connect local philanthrophy with community priorities. For financial planners, municipal staff, and commu...

Strong Participation at National Rural Conference

Strong Participation at National Rural Conference
  The largest rural development and policy conference in Canada was recently held in Nelson, British Columbia. The Different by Design: Innovation for Rural Prosperity conference was co-hosted by the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation and Selkirk College. During the conference, faculty and students from the University of Guelph made a strong contribution. The following oral presentations, panel discussions, and poster presentations were share

Congratulations Jodi-Ann!

Congratulations Jodi-Ann!
  Congratulations to Jodi-Ann Francis for graduating with her Master of Arts in Geography from Saint Mary's University! In addition to graduating, Jodi-Ann delivered the valedictorian address at the spring convocation. Jodi-Ann's research focused on understanding the motivations of international students studying at Halifax universities as they are about to graduate. The research strived to understand how international students make decisions of...