LEAD – Phil Loring,
CO-LEAD – Brent Steel,
CO-LEAD – Matteo Vittuari,

SAVE THE DATE – 2018 Arctic Science Conference & 2018 CRRF

The 2018 Arctic Science Conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science will be held October 9th in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.  The meeting is being held in tandem with the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF)’s annual conference, October 10-12, 2018.  The conference theme is Health and Shared Prosperity in the North.

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A new book on renewable energy in the West, co-authored by RPLC’s Brent Steel, Oregon State University, and published by Springer, is available here.





Monday, January 29, 2018
Hidden Participants and Unheard Voices: Gender, Age, and other Influences on Traditional Ecological Knowledge Research in the North
Presenters: Maaya Hitomi and Philip Loring

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 RRE-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 Renewable Energy

Cavicchi, Bianca, John M. Bryden, and Matteo Vittuari. 2014. “A Comparison of Bioenergy Policies and Institutional Frameworks in the Rural Areas of Emilia-Romagna and Norway.” Energy Policy 67 (April):355–63.

De Menna, Fabio, Matteo Vittuari, and Giovanni Molari. 2015. “Impact Evaluation of Integrated Food-Bioenergy Systems: A Comparative LCA of Peach Nectar.” Biomass and Bioenergy 73 (February):48–61.

Johnson, Thomas G., and Ira Altman. 2014. “Rural Development Opportunities in the Bioeconomy.” Biomass and Bioenergy 63 (April):341–44.

Pagani, Marco, Thomas G. Johnson, and Matteo Vittuari. 2017. “Energy Input in Conventional and Organic Paddy Rice Production in Missouri and Italy: A Comparative Case Study.” Journal of Environmental Management 188 (March):173–82.

Steel, Brent S., John C. Pierce, Rebecca L. Warner, and Nicholas P. Lovrich. 2014. “Environmental Value Considerations in Public Attitudes About Alternative Energy Development in Oregon and Washington.” Environmental Management 55 (3):634–45.

The State of Rural Canada Report

What is the future of Rural Canada? Published by the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF), the new, comprehensive report came about in order to draw attention to rural challenges and opportunities, and to provide a source of information and a platform for information sharing.