RPLC Welcomes Amy Unicomb as New Student Support for Rural Research Center Network

Amy Unicomb is the new Network Support for the Rural Research Centre Network. Amy grew up in Truro, NS, where she also attended Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agricultural (Dal-AC) for her undergraduate and master’s degrees (B.Sc. and MSc. in Agriculture). She currently resides in Springhill, NS.

Through her roles as an Instructor and Program Facilitator, she has coordinated a variety of groups, including incarcerated individuals, undergraduate students, English as a Second Language students, and geriatric populations. Amy is currently a Program Facilitator for the Horticulture Skills Training Program at Nova Institution for Women.

Click Here to know more about Amy.

2019 North Atlantic Forum and CRRF Conference- CALL FOR PAPERS

The 2019 North Atlantic Forum and the  Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference will be held at St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada, October 1-4,2019. The conference is aimed to bring together practitioners, policy makers, community leaders, and researchers interested in rural sustainability issues.  This conference is a unique opportunity to share your own successes, learn from other, and to hear the latest on issues that matter to communities and people who live and work in rural regions.

The conference organizing committee will accept abstracts for oral presentations, panels, capacity building sessions, and posters for 2019 conference until March 31, 2019. The conference theme is Sustainable Communities.

Visit website:http://northatlanticforum.org/  for more information and submit your application.

R&G Mobility Grant- New Call  Open

The new call for Research and Exchange Mobility Grant is now open, inside the call you can find the Guidelines, Criteria for eligible country/institution and the Post-mobility Outputs.

Please, note that the deadline for applications is 25th of November 2018.

Proposals must be submitted using the application form and sending it to: Francesca Regoli (francesca.regoli@unibo.it) and Fabio De Menna (fabio.demenna2@unibo.it).

 Proposed research projects should be related to topics addressed by RPLC Policy Networks and should aim to develop an interdisciplinary and comparative approach. Thus, the inclusion of a mobility period within the proposal is mandatory. Clear outputs should be identified and developed in line with RPLC purposes. Collaboration with other partners (both from within and outside the RLPC network) is also mandatory. In addition, the involvement of policy makers is strongly suggested.”

Projects should be carried out by students/junior researchers from RPLC partner institutions with the involvement of RPLC faculty members.

The Launch of the Community Engaged Research on Immigration (CERI) Network! by Ray Silvius

Ray Silvius announced that a publications tab has been added to the Community Engaged Research on Immigration (CERI) Network webpage. The first two publications have been posted.

Click Here to find the material

First MIRRA Research/Policy Brief published- by Michelle Lam

The first MIRRA Research/Policy Brief is published by Michelle Lam entitled “Newcomer Integration and Educating Canadians”. This research brief provides an in-depth analysis of the recent board game tool entitled Refugee Journeys: Identity, intersectionality and Integration which is a tool that can educate Canadians more specifically about integration experiences.The game was developed with the goal of educating Canadians about newcomer experiences.

The Canadian government defines integration as a “two-way street” which involves change and accommodation from both newcomers and Canadians. But most settlement and integration initiatives work towards educating newcomers about Canada, not the other way around.

For full content of the Brief: CLICK HERE

Rural Route Podcast- The Country Mouse and The City Mouse

Everybody knows the old story of the Country Mouse and the City Mouse. In this episode of Rural Routes, Dr. David Freshwater of University of Kentucky and Dr. Kevin Morgan from the University of Wales suggest we better develop some new ways of understanding the differences, and dependencies, between rural and urban populations. In the age of globalization, climate change, and just-in-time deliveries, what do rural and urban need, want, and expect from each other? Our guests both have incredible knowledge and experience, and you might even laugh a couple of times too.

For more information about this episode, visit: http://ruralroutespodcasts.com


The Rural Research Centres Network recently concluded its first travel award and is pleased to support an excellent group of award recipients. During the summer 2018 round of applications for the Rural Research Centres Travel Award, 13 applicants applied for support to attend conferences and continue research collaborations on a variety of rural-focused topics. These awardees will benefit from the ability to present their research findings to a broad network of peers, form and strengthen Canadian and international research partnerships, and enhance networking and shared capacity building opportunities among members of rural research centres across RPLC’s network. To read more, visit network page: http://rplc-capr.ca/rural-research-centre-network/

R&E Grant Supports Cirone’s Research to Improve Local Food Systems

Making international comparatives between Italy and Canada – University of Bologna student, Francesco Cirone, is learning how to use GIS (graphic information systems) software to increase the efficiency of local food systems. Cirone plans to visit several local food markets throughout the Westman Region in Manitoba and, in working with Dion Wiseman at Brandon University, will create a map of local food supply systems with spatial analysis regarding food production, transportation and distribution.  The opportunity to conduct his research in Canada was made possible with support from the RPLC Research & Exchange Grant.

To learn more about Cione’s research contact: francesco.cirone@studio.unibo.it

To learn more about the RPLC Research & Exchange Network, click here.


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

Mapping Historic Sites In Rural Manitoba: Development, Themes, And Applications
Wednesday November 21, 2018

*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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#RuralIndia - The National Institute of #Rural #Development and Panchayati Raj & Syngenta Foundation India are tackling #unemployment among #ruralyouth and focusing on improving the plight of #farmers in #rural #India https://t.co/JHihtWnaBU #rplccapr #ruraldev

"Our country’s foremost piece of #agricultural #legislation, the #FarmBill, has expired... uncertainty in #farm country is high, & #rural #entrepreneurs need our assistance – but Congress has yet to reach an agreement" via @cfra https://t.co/UlasIjG9Te #rplccapr

#Agriculture - Recently, the federal agencies that regulate America’s #foodsupply wrapped up two days of joint public meetings about the emerging #technology of #cellculturedmeat https://t.co/7Fs1evpXnQ #rplccapr #ruralpolicy #policy #governance #farming #innovation

Happening soon - FREE Registration - the #Agriculture #Symposium in Corner Brook. Organized by provincial Agrifoods, @grenfellcampus @NLFarms @AAFC_Canada & @foodfirstNL More info at the link: https://t.co/kbeMrD2qR1
#rplccapr #rural #food #foodsecurity #farming

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