Coastal Routes

Coastal Routes is a new platform for staring stories of innovation and stewardship in coastal communities around the world. Coasts are under stress from multiple issues, like climate change, ocean acidification, and development. Yet, coastal peoples are tremendously resilient. Coastal Routes’ goal is to bring coastal communities together with charities and academic organizations around the world, to enable them to share and learn from one another. in pursuit of more sustainable, healthful, and climate resilient coasts. Read more>>

My ongoing quest to better understand rural broadband data and realities

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By: Wayne Kelly

On June 3rd, I was honored to be invited to the R2B2 (Regional & Rural Broadband) workshop on Broadband Analytics at the University of Guelph. I have been interested in working on understanding rural broadband connectivity, speeds, and utilization rates since the early 2000s and as a result, I was very excited to take part and to find out the latest on rural broadband data in Canada. The workshop consisted of two distinct parts related to rural broadband data. The first focus for the workshop was an overview and discussion of M-Lab. Read more>>

ICRPS 2020 Launched

The seventeenth International Comparative Rural Policy Studies (ICRPS) Summer Institute will take place in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, from June 19 to July 3, 2020. The institute will be hosted by the Rural Development Institute at Brandon University and the Brandon University Faculty of Arts.

The institute will convene for fourteen days and will involve approximately 25 graduate students and numerous faculty members from universities around the world. Classroom sessions will be supplemented with field trips and group work in local communities. Read more>>

2019 ICRPS summer institute blogs

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The sixteenth International Comparative Rural Policy Studies (ICRPS) Summer Institute took place in Rovaniemi, Finland, from June 16 to 29, 2019. The institute convened for fourteen days and involved approximately 25 graduate students and numerous faculty members from universities around the world.

Please check out the daily blogs via this link: http://2019.icrps.org/blogs/

Rural Development Conference – OECD Rural Development Conference ,24-26 September 2019

How can policies raise well-being in rural areas? The 12th OECD Rural Development Conference
will tackle this central question by examining the multiple aspects of rural wellbeing, including role of innovation and digitalisation in revitalising rural communities and making them attractive for business and residents alongside strategies to deliver quality public services and to help rural regions transition to a low carbon economy. The conference will identify best practices and build comparative knowledge on how rural policies contribute to national competitiveness and global agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more>>

Rural Development  Conference 2019- Announcement

Conference Date: 26-28 September, 2019 

We are delighted to invite you to participate already in the 9th International Scientific Conference Rural Development 2019: Research and Innovation for Bioeconomy.’ It has already become a biannual tradition to meet colleagues from all over the world here. In addition, we are pleased that this event has become a common area for international scientific interdisciplinary discussion on issues of rural development and innovations.CLICK HERE for further details.


*To register for our upcoming webinars, please click on the links below.

*For more information on upcoming webinars, please contact Munzaleen Sajjad, sajjadm@brandonu.ca

For a list of archive webinars, please click here.


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#RuralHealth - "Officials say they are prepared to begin real-world tests using #drones to ferry #medicine & medical samples between #hospitals and #rural communities in Swedish Lapland" https://t.co/OS9lJKV39Z #rplccapr #healthcare #innovation #Sweden

#RuralHealth - “Every nook and cranny is affected by addiction,” Dr. Young said. “People are suffering in the smallest of towns.” https://t.co/dmI97V7yJE #rplccapr #rural #remote #FIFO #healthcare #doctors #addictions #opioidepidemic

#RuralAB #Broadband - ““This is too big of a cost and too big of a project to do as a provincial government on our own" https://t.co/clyK3Rjzwt #infrastructure #stakeholders #rplccapr #rural #governance #policy #Alberta #internet

“The truth is, these #floods are just revealing the real story about the #agriculture #economy. #Farmers aren’t in any shape to take this kind of hit" via @dailyyonder https://t.co/AxOF9PIjUa #rplccapr #ruraldev #ruralissues #ruraldecline #farming #flooding

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