Rural Planning & Development and Rural Studies
About my research...
Global transitions are creating both opportunities and challenges for the future of rural communities, both in Canada and internationally. My research focuses on rural revitalization in the face of these global transitions. My current research explores the role of rural governance, place-based development, philanthropy, rural policy, community economic development, and rural immigration and mobility. Further information on my current research initiatives can be found at www.ruraldev.ca.
How my research can improve life?
Rural communities throughout Canada and internationally are confronted with a number of large transitions and I am interested in understanding and helping these communities achieve stability and long-term sustainability to improve life. My research operates at the crossroads of rural planning, local development, public policy, and academic knowledge.
Why choose Guelph?
The Rural Studies PhD and Rural Planning and Development MSc (Planning), MPlan programs are innovative and dynamic programs that allow students to explore critical challenges and opportunities that impact the future of rural places. Our programs bring together rural leaders, development practitioners, policy makers, businesses, students, and researchers to address timely and relevant issues regarding the future of rural communities in Canada and internationally.
Video profile – professor Ryan Gibson, Rural Studies