LEAD – Kathleen Kevany,
CO-LEAD – Matteo Vittuari,

The Governance Network aims to facilitate, promote and enable connections for actors engaged in rural governance. This Network supports activities that further understanding and improvement in the formal and informal mechanisms and tools by which rural communities and regions organize themselves for economic, environmental, political and social-cultural objectives. The Governance Network helps to examine the implications of governance structures, processes, and policies that impact rural communities.

More about this network can be found here.

View network members’ contact information and organizations here.

Interested in joining the Governance Network? Contact Sarah Minnes 

Twitter: @rplc_capr #RPLC_GOV

Have a rural governance question? Contact an expert             

Check out the Governance Network’s 2017/2018 work plan here.

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

  • Conference Funding- Due May 12, 2018
    • If you are seeking funding for participation in an upcoming rural policy related conference, please apply to our conference funding. Applications are due May 12, 2018. The application can be found here.
  • Policy Briefs ($1,000/brief)- Due February 28, 2018
    • We have three proposed topics to be completed by graduate students. More on the funding application and proposed topics can be found here.
  • Policy Fellow Position ($3,000)- Due April 2, 2018
    • The Governance Network is seeking a new Policy Fellow for the timeframe of April 2018-April 2019. Applications are . If you are working in a position related to rural governance policy, we want you! More information on this position can be found here.

The Governance Network has successfully funded the following: 

Register Now – Networks Leadership Symposium, Vancouver BC

NLS 2018 will embrace an interactive, inquiry-based approach to encourage dialogue – objectives include:

  • examine how working in networks often requires a balancing act
  • explore if and how inherent tensions in networks can be practically managed
  • discuss the key characteristics of highly functioning networks
  • share lessons learned and realities of networks from different sectors and locations
  • explore the importance of a developing a collaborative culture as key to growth and sustainability
  • review recent innovations in network research, practice and evaluation.

For more information including preliminary program, speakers, an how to register: Click Here


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 Rural Governance related webinars below.


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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 Rural Governance

Ashton, William, Wayne Kelly, and Ray Bollman. 2015. “POLICY REVIEW: Municipalities Amalgamate in Manitoba: Moving towards Rural Regions.” The Manitoba Law Journal 38 (June):123.

Cesaretti, Gian Paolo, Rosa Misso, Francesca D’Alessandro, H. Shakir Hanna Safwat, Brent S. Steel, and Zacharoula S. Andreopoulou. 2014. “Sustainable Governance for a New ‘Proximity Market’of Our Agriculture.” RIVISTA DI STUDI SULLA SOSTENIBILITA’ 2014/2 (2):31–42

Chelan, Zirul, Greg Halseth, Sean Markey, and Laura Ryser. 2015. “Struggling with New Regionalism: Government Trumps Governance in Northern British Columbia, Canada.” Journal of Rural & Community Development 10 (2):136–65.

Coates, Ken, Carin Holroyd, and Joelena Leader. 2015. “Managing the Forgotten North: Governance Structures and Administrative Operations of Canada’s Provincial Norths.” Northern Review 0 (38).

Hall, Heather M., Kelly Vodden, and Rob Greenwood. 2016. “From Dysfunctional to Destitute: The Governance of Regional Economic Development in Newfoundland and Labrador.” International Planning Studies 22 (2):49–67.

Kevany, Kathleen. (2017). Sustainable Diets and Competitive Plant-Based Markets. Proceedings from the 2nd Congress on International Economic and Administrative Perspectives: Sustainable Global Competition, 5-7 October 2017, Isparta: 117-121. 

Vodden, Kelly. 2015. “Governing Sustainable Coastal Development: The Promise and Challenge of Collaborative Governance in Canadian Coastal Watersheds.” The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe Canadien 59 (2):167–80.