The COVID-19 pandemic has been a catalyst for significant change at a rapid pace. Rural communities across the world have pivoted to address both the short-term and long-term implications for rural people, rural economies, and rural landscapes. Prof. Ryan Gibson joined a panel discussion hosted by the International Comparative Rural Policy Consortium examining three rural regions and their responses to COVID-19. The webinar share experiences of how rural regions were impacted by the pandemic, their responses, and their future directions. The discussion identified the unequal impacts of the pandemic, the role of public policy, and what lessons can be shared to other rural regions.
The webinar was recorded and is available below. Copies of each presentation are available below:
- COVID-19 Perspectives from Ireland
Karen Keaveney, Head of Rural Development and Assistant Professor, University College of Dublin, Ireland
- Closed borders and divided communities: Impacts of COVID-19 on Nordic border regions
Mari Wøien Meijer, Research Fellow, Nordregio, Sweden
- COVID-19 Responses and Recovery – Rural Canada Perspectives
Ryan Gibson, Libro Professor of Regional Economic Development, University of Guelph