The COVID-19 global pandemic created great uncertainty for employment across Canada and internationally. News reports have noted job losses by different sectors, the unequal distribution of the impacts, and the gradual re-opening of some sectors. Victoria Agyepong, Ryan Gibson, and Ray Bollman recently published a report called "Rural Employment and Workforce Development: Impacts and Opportunities". The report takes a rural lens to understand the impac...
A new publication focused on infrastructure investments to support COVID19 recovery in rural communities was released by the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF). As part of CRRF's Rural Insights on COVID-19 Series, the publication examines how rural communities can employ green infrastructure to address post-pandemic recovery and climate reliance. The report emerges from the Building the Future research initiative funded through the Ontario Agr
Ashleigh Weeden (PhD Candidate, Rural Studies), believes the future of local government will look very different from its past and, in an interview with Municipal World's CEO and Editor in Chief, Ashleigh argues that this future requires recommitting to core values of inclusion, diversity, and integrity. The interview was recorded as part of Municipal World's new MW Shares podcast series and highlights Ashleigh's five years of contributions to Municipal Wo...
Three graduate students were recently profiled by the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) as emerging rural scholars! The February 2020 CRRF national newsletter highlighted the research being conducted by Victoria Agyepong, Koren Lam, and Ashleigh Weeden. The research themes are noted below: Victoria Aygepong: Bringing People to the Centre: Governance of Digital Circular Food Economy in Non-Metro Ontario. Koren Lam: Rural Telecommuters in
What do philanthropy, infrastructure, and rural policy have in common? These were the topics discussed by Dr. Ryan Gibson on a recent episode of "In No Particular Order" with host Peter Smith. On February 5, 2020, Peter and Ryan discussed the future of rural communities and recent research that helps rural communities build the future they desire. The podcast features research from the rural philanthropy research, building the future - infrastructure and
LIBRANNI, an annual publication for alumni of the Ontario Agricultural College, recently profiled a story on regional development emerging from research conducted by University of Guelph researchers Dr. Ryan Gibson, Dr. Sarah Minnes, and Prof. David Douglas. The LIBRANNI article shares information that emerged from the recent publication called The Theory, Practice, and Potentials of Regional Development: The Case of Canada. The book highlights a
Timothy Hunting's recent thesis entitled "Local Trail Development Along Rural Canada's Share of the Great Trail" is now available online through the Atrium at the University of Guelph. You can read the document by clicking here. An abstract of Timothy's thesis is listed below: The development circumstances of small population municipalities along The Great Trail vary widely and numerous expressions of precarious trail development were uncovered through a
The 2018-2019 year has been full of activities, outputs, and achievements for the Libro Professor of Regional Economic Development. Over the past twelve months, Dr. Gibson has been busy in research, teaching, and community engagement. Highlights from the past year can be found in the recently released 2018-2019 Libro Professorship of Regional Economic Development Annual Report. The Libro Professorship of Regional Economic Development was created in 2016
Ashleigh Weeden (PhD Candidate, School of Environmental Design & Rural Development) has been featured in a collection of researchers, journalists, academics and public figures in sharing insights on knowledge mobilization in advance of the 2019 Canadian federal election. You can read her advice to researchers looking to share their work with policy makers on the iVote/jeVote website by clicking here. To learn more about research on knowledge mobiliza
Alex Petric's recent thesis is now available online! You can download Beyond the Smart City: Assessing Open Data in Rural Ontario from the Univeristy of Guelph's Atrium website: https://atrium.lib.uoguelph.ca/xmlui/handle/10214/14704.