Advancing Green Infrastructure Solutions in Rural Regions

Advancing Green Infrastructure Solutions in Rural Regions
  Congratulations to Jay Maloney, Sean Markey, Ryan Gibson, and Ashleigh Weeden for their recent peer reviewed journal publication titled "Advancing Green Infrastructure Solutions in Rural Regions: Economic Impacts and Capacity Challenges in Southwest Ontario, Canada". The abstract for the article published in Rural and Regional Development is listed below: Green infrastructure (GI) is a growing topic in urban planning, asset management, and clima

Northern Dialogues Conference Explores Remoteness and Sustainable Livelihoods in Rural and Northern Canada

Northern Dialogues Conference Explores Remoteness and Sustainable Livelihoods in Rural and Northern Canada
The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation and Yukon University recently co-hosted the Northern Dialogues: Remoteness and Sustainable Livelihoods in Rural and Northern Canada Conference in Whitehorse, Yukon. The conference addressed the intersection of remoteness and sustainable livelihoods framed across three interrelated themes: (i) innovation and community development, (ii) education, health, and social systems, and (iii) culture, heritage, and wellb...

Congrats to Josh Barrett

Congrats to Josh Barrett
  Congratulations to Josh Barrett (PhD candidate in Rural Studies, University of Guelph) who received the Best Student Paper Award at the 2024 American Association of Geographers in April 2024 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The manuscript, co-authored by Kelly Vodden, focuses on how rural local governments in Newfoundland and Labrador are using entrepreneurial approaches and partnerships to achieve local development. The article, titled "Partnerships in Plac

Innovative Rural Approaches to Labour Force Development

Innovative Rural Approaches to Labour Force Development
Amid economic uncertainties exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ontario faces challenges in tight labour markets, high unemployment rates, and a significant skills gap, particularly in rural areas, where approximately 250,000 jobs remain unfilled. In response to these pressing issues, a research initiative has been launched to spotlight innovative workforce development strategies aimed at addressing rural labour force challenges. By conducting an online

Oyewale Successfully Defends MSc Thesis

Oyewale Successfully Defends MSc Thesis
  Congratulations to Damilola Oyewale for successfully defending his MSc (Planning) thesis this morning! Damilola's graduate thesis was titled "Evaluation of the Impact of the Provincial Policy Statement on International Agricultural Workers’ Housing in Ontario”. An online copy of the graduate thesis will be available shortly - stay tuned!

Linking Research and Policy: Reflections on the 2024 Rural Symposium

Linking Research and Policy: Reflections on the 2024 Rural Symposium
  The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), hosted a one-day symposium to showcase rural research being conducted at the University of Guelph. The Rural Symposium is an opportunity for graduate students to share their research with researchers, policy analysts and program staff with the OMAFRA, and rural organizations.