MIRRA Network – Call For Policy and Research Briefs

The Migration in Remote and Rural Areas (MIRRA) Network of the Rural Policy Learning Commons (RPLC) is launching the MIRRA Policy and Research Briefs Series.

We are looking to publish short (1000-1500 words) synopses of subjects pertaining to migration in remote and rural areas in Canada and internationally.  These can be in one of two formats:

  1. Policy Briefs will be intended for academic, government and community audiences and pertain to a matter of direct relevance for policy makers on matters of rural and remote area migration. Policy Briefs may be based on the author’s existing and ongoing research and have a readily discernible ‘policy angle’ for government or community bodies.
  2. Research Briefs will be intended for a broad audience and pertain to a wide range of matters in the area of rural and remote area migration.  Research briefs may be based on the author’s existing and ongoing research but may not have a readily discernible ‘policy angle.’

Distribution: MIRRA Policy and Research Briefs will appear on the RPLC website and will be easily distributable.

PhD Students and Early Career Scholars- Stipend Available: We particularly encourage PhD students and early career scholars to consider publishing their work in this format.

MIRRA can offer a maximum $500 stipend to PhD students and early career scholars who produce a policy or research brief to appear in the series.  Early career scholars are defined as those who have completed a PhD within the last five years but do not currently hold a regular academic position.  The amount available may be less depending on the number of applicants.

Have an idea for a policy or research brief?   Please submit a 250 word abstract to MIRRA Network Lead Dr. Ray Silvius of the University of Winnipeg at r.silvius@uwinnipeg.ca by May 31st , 2018.

Call for Research and Exchange Grant – May 2018

The RPLC Research & Exchange Team has announced a new call for proposals.  Projects should be carried out by students/junior researchers from RPLC partner institutions with the involvement of RPLC faculty members. Note that the deadline for the call is 30th of May 2018.

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For further information, you can contact:

Francesca Regoli (francesca.regoli@unibo.it) and Fabio De Menna (fabio.demenna2@unibo.it)


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