Epp Shares Northern Ontario Agriculture Research with International Rural Policy Institute

Epp Shares Northern Ontario Agriculture Research with International Rural Policy Institute
  Sara Epp, PhD in Rural Studies candidate, shared her research on the migration of Mennonite farmers to northern Ontario at the International Comparative Rural Policy Summer Institute on July 3. Sara shared the experience of motivations, experiences, and challenges experienced by Mennonite farmers that recently migrated from southern Ontario to northern Ontario. Summer Institute students were interested to learn about the dynamics of the Mennonite f

Social Justice, Rural and Natural Resource Policy – 2018 ICRPS

Social Justice, Rural and Natural Resource Policy – 2018 ICRPS
  Nearly 30 graduate students and faculty members from across North America and Europe are gathered in Tuskegee, Alabama for the 2018 International Comparative Rural Policy (ICRPS) Summer Institute. The summer institute is an opportunity for graduate students to gain new skill sets, capacities, and networks in the field of comparative rural policy. This year's summer institute theme is "Social Justice, Rural and Natural Resource Policy". Students w...

Stephanie Patzer Part of Team that Place in Top 20 of International Ideas Competition

Stephanie Patzer Part of Team that Place in Top 20 of International Ideas Competition
  Stephanie Patzer, MSc in Rural Planning and Development student at the University of Guelph, was part of a team recently was announced as a top 20 finalist in an international ideas competition inspired by the sustainable development goals. In the Spring 2018, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology launched an international ideas competition for students interested in the built environment and sustai...

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

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

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 ...

Two Emerging SEDRD Researchers Profiled in National Rural Newsletter

Two Emerging SEDRD Researchers Profiled in National Rural Newsletter
  Rana Telfah and Ashleigh Weeden, doctoral students in the Rural Studies program in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, were recently profiled as emerging rural researchers by the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (www.crrf.ca). Each year, the Foundation devotes their winter newsletter to showcasing new and emerging rural researchers from across Canada and internationally. The CRRF newsletter is an opportunity for emer