LEAD – Ray Silvius, R.silvius@uwinnipeg.ca
CO-LEAD & STUDENT SUPPORT – Linamar Campos Flores, LinamarCamposF@outlook.com
CO-LEAD – Philomena de Lima, Philomena.delima.ic@uhi.ac.uk
CO-LEAD – Belinda Leach, Bleach@uoguelph.ca
CO-LEAD – Barbara Neis, Bneis@mun.ca

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.

RPLC Co-Lead Appointed as Member of the Order of Canada

Dr. Barbara Neis, one of Memorial’s most distinguished social scientists, was named a member of the Order of Canada “for her innovative research on the interactions between work, environment and health in the coastal communities of Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond.”

Full Article: Memorial University Gazette

Dr. Neis serves as Co-Lead on the RPLC MIRRA Network (Migration in Remote and Rural Areas).  Congratulations Dr. Neis!

RPLC – MIRRA Network

For the official announcement, visit: Order of Canada List


Recordings of all of our webinars can be found on the RPLC YouTube channel.  Visit the site to see all of the rural related webinars or check out some of the MIRRA related webinars below.


For more episodes on a variety of rural issues, please visit: http://ruralroutespodcasts.com

Rural Routes is a Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development and Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation initiative. This show is supported through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Connection grant.

Selected publications related to Migration in Remote and Rural Areas

Baldacchino, Godfrey, and Carmen Sammut. 2015. “The Migration Crisis: No Human Is Illegal.” The Round Table 105 (2):231–33.

Gutiérrez, Lidia Carvajal, and Thomas G. Johnson. 2014. “Impacts of Remittances from Canada’s Seasonal Workers Program on Mexican Farms.” International Labour Review, n/a-n/a.

Hamilton, Lawrence C., Kei Saito, Philip A. Loring, Richard B. Lammers, and Henry P. Huntington. 2016. “Climigration? Population and Climate Change in Arctic Alaska.” Population and Environment 38 (2):115–33.

Netto, Gina, Maria Hudson, Mike Noon, Filip Sosenko, Philomena de Lima, and Nicolina Kamenou-Aigbekaen. 2015. “Migration, Ethnicity and Progression from Low-Paid Work: Implications for Skills Policy.” Social Policy and Society 14 (4):509–22.

Shortall, Sally, and Ruth McAreavey. 2017. “Gender, Migration and Development: Can Advocacy Groups Be More of a Hindrance than a Help?Social Sciences 6 (2):49.