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SEDRD PhD Candidate Ashleigh Weeden shares why shows like Schitt’s Creek and Letterkenny serve as love letters to rural Canada in article on The Conversation

Rural Studies PhD candidate Ashleigh Weeden recently co-authored an article for The Conversation with Maggie J Whitten Henry and Dr. Laurie Brinklow (both from the University of PEI) on the popularity of television shows like Schitt’s Creek and Letterkenny and why they represent ‘love letters’ to rural Canada.

Rural Response to COVID-19 Research: Survey for Perth and Huron Counties

Rural residents from across Canada have been impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, their unique environments often result in different experiences than people from urban centres. This goal of this study is to provide residents from Huron and Perth Counties the opportunity to have their voice heard and explain how the pandemic has impacted their lives. This individual-level survey is asking about residents' life before, during, and after COVID-19 to provide critical data to inform policy development in rural communities.

Weeden contributes Canadian case studies to report for Scottish Government on island repopulation initiatives

Working with researchers at the Rural Policy Centre at Scotland’s Rural College and the James Hutton Institute, PhD candidate Ashleigh Weeden contributed to a recently released report detailing successful Scottish and international policy interventions to support repopulation efforts in rural, remote, and island communities. Ashleigh provided Canadian case study examples to the report, which was developed to support research that seeks to support rural resilience, funded by the Scottish Government’s Rural & Environmental Science & Analytical Services department.

RPD Student Profile - Niva Shrestha

Niva’s hometown is Kathmandu, Nepal. Niva completed an MBA in Finance and Operations from Symbiosis International University, India. Niva is now completing a Master’s degree at the University of Guelph in Rural Planning & Development.

RPD Student Profile - Elise Geschiere

Elise Geschiere (she/her)’s hometown is Essex County, Ontario. Elise completed a Bachelor’s degree at Western University studying sociology and public history. She is now completing a Master’s degree at the University of Guelph in Rural Planning & Development with a concentration in community and social planning. 

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