Pot legalization will force big adjustments to Kootenay economy, society

Pot legalization will force big adjustments to Kootenay economy, society
  Tracey Harvey, PhD candidate in Rural Studies, recently spoke with the Arrow Lakes News regarding the upcoming cannabis legalization and what it might mean for rural regions. You can read the full article here: https://www.arrowlakesnews.com/news/pot-legalization-will-force-big-adjustments-to-kootenay-economy-society/. For further information on Tracey's research visit: https://ruralbclegalizationstudy.wordpress.com/.

Congratulations to Neil Stoop for Successfully Thesis Defence

Congratulations to Neil Stoop for Successfully Thesis Defence
  Neil Stoop successfully defended his Master of Science in Rural Planning and Development thesis today. For the past year, Neil has been working on his thesis titled "Understanding Rural: A Comparison of Academic, Political, and Lay Discourses of Rural". Here is the abstract for Neil's work: Rural is a word, which has many meanings and means different things to different people. Definitions of rural are often sorted into four broad categories; de

Participation at the Modelling Complex Urban Environments Conference

Participation at the Modelling Complex Urban Environments Conference
  Alex Petric (MSc, Rural Planning & Development) recently attended the Modelling Complex Urban Environments Conference at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. Held on June 21-22, 2018, this event was organized by the Waterloo Institute for Complexity & Innovation and brought together leading thinkers and researchers to discuss Big Data, Smart Cities, and methods of modelling urban environments. Though not having a major focus o...

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...

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