New RPLC Student Hires: Two Sajjad’s are Better Than One

The RPLC is proud to announce the hiring of two students, Munzaleen and Farheen Sajjad.  The fraternal twins are a welcomed addition to the team at the RPLC central office, Brandon University.  Both come with different research interests and will serve the RPLC in different ways.  Munzaleen will help coordinate RPLC webinars while Farheen will serve as the Secretariat Officer helping analyze RPLC expenditures to meet our project objectives.

Munzaleen completed her Bachelor of Art with a major in sociology and a minor in Philosophy. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Rural Development program at Brandon University. Research area of interest includes food insecurities in rural areas.

Farheen completed her Bachelors of Business Administration and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Education, specializing in Educational Administration at Brandon University. Research area of interest include exploring the relationship between modern technology and it’s use in an educational setting. Farheen is interested in understanding how technology and educational policies and structures can be improved and collaborated to best accommodate each other. Her research interest also includes the adaptation and creation of digital learning for Rural areas in Manitoba and Canada.

For more information on RPLC Webinars including scheduling and registration, please contact Munzaleen Sajjad, SajjadM@BrandonU.ca

For assistance with RPLC expenditures, including expense claims and network expenditures, please contact Farheen Sajjad, SajjadF@BrandonU.ca

Call for Applications: Rural Research Centres Travel Award

Overview of Award:

The purpose of the Rural Research Centres Travel Award is to support knowledge mobilization, relationship building, and collaboration around rural policy and practice. It can support student travel for training and faculty travel for mentoring. Members of The Rural Research Centres Network (R2CN) are encouraged to apply.


  • Up to $1500 for student travel for conferences, collaboration, and networking opportunities
  • Up to $1000 for faculty and collaborators travel for conferences, training, and networking

Larger requests may be considered if significant impact on R2CN goals and activities (knowledge mobilization, collaboration, and student training and mentoring) is demonstrated.


Students at the undergraduate, masters, PhD, and post-doctoral levels at RPLC-affiliated institutions in Canada, the US, Mexico, and Europe are eligible to apply. Student applicants are to include evidence of support from their university/institute or supervisor regarding the value of this event for your work in rural research. Faculty and other RPLC members are also eligible to apply for funding. All applicants must be Rural Research Centres Network members.

Application: R2CN Travel Support Application

Deadline: 18:00 CST, June 20, 2018

Please submit application and/or direct any questions about the application to Network Support (Brennan Lowery) at bclowery@mun.ca

NEW BOOK from Nathan Kerrigan (member of RPLC MIRRA Network), titled, “A Threatened Rural Idyll: Informal social control, exclusion and the resistance to change in the English Countyside“, is now available from Vernonpress.com.

Nathan Aaron Kerrigan is a research assistant within the Violence Prevention, Resilience and Justice (VPRJ) research group within the Centre for Behavioural Science at Coventry University in the UK. With a PhD in Social and Community Studies, his research interests centre around rurality and the countryside, globalisation and social change, race, racism and ethnicity, social exclusion, spaces of governance, territorial politics, political governance and informal social control. He has various publications on these issues and has also published a Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) evidence report, which explores the impact of tourism on the perceived erosion of English rural identity, as part of the 2016 inquiry on rural tourism in England.  

Full Story: http://rplc-capr.ca/rplc-mirra-network-member-nathan-kerrigan-launches-new-book-threatened-rural-idyll/


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