On January 24, 2019 Ashleigh Weeden (PhD Student, School of Environmental Design & Rural Development) presented her early-stage research on place-based rural innovation systems at the 2019 European Regional Science Association’s (ERSA) Winter School, co-hosted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Trento, Italy.

The 2019 ERSA/OECD Winter School was themed around spatial productivity and local development and Ms. Weeden’s contributions to the school focused on her interest in rural-specific innovation policy from local development and policy-oriented perspective. As the sole participant from Canada and one of a select group of 27 PhD students and early career researchers across Europe and the Americas, Ms. Weeden’s invitation to present and participate in the Winter School underscores the value of research being undertaken at the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph to policy makers from around the world.

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