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Meet PhD student, Ashleigh Weeden in Graduate Studies Video

Ashleigh Weeden is a Ph.D. student in the Rural Studies program in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph.   Her doctoral research is finding ways to help rural Canada keep up in a future innovative digital economy.   

Ashleigh Weeden

SEDRD Students Experience Colonial History from an Indigenous Perspective

Graduate students from the Rural Planning and Development and Master’s of Landscape Architecture programs took part in an interactive exercise to learn about the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, and the implications of the evolving relationship and colonial policies.  The activity was offered as part of the newly developed Contemporary Aboriginal Issues course offered by Dr. Sheri Longboat in the Rural Planning and Development program. 

Winter 2017 GTA Applications Due November 22, 2016

The Winter 2017 SEDRD Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) positions have now been posted. The deadline for applications is November 22nd, 2016. In order to be considered for a position, you must apply online at

Rural Talks to Rural

Professors Al Lauzon and Wayne Caldwell in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development were quoted in the recent article in The Western Producer called “Rural residents, gov’t need to adopt positive attitudes”

This article brings a rural lens to important community issues.  It also speaks to the opportunities that exist for rural communities.



Gibson Elected President of Canadian Community Economic Development Network

During the July board of directors meeting of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet), Dr. Ryan Gibson was re-elected president for a one-year term. CCEDNet is a member-driven, not for-profit, charitable organization made up of community-based organizations, co-operatives, social enterprises, practitioners, active citizens, researchers, and other organizations involved in community economic development.

PhD Candidate Publishes New Book for Equestrian Riders and Coaches

Heather Sansom, a PhD in Rural Studies candidate in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, has recently published a new book for equestrian rider fitness and conditioning. The book is being launched by Trafalgar Square Publishing (Vermont) entitled: "Fit to Ride in 9 Weeks — The Ultimate Exercise Plan: Achieve Straightness, Suppleness, & Stamina in the Saddle—and Stay That Way".  Heather Sansom has been involved in fitness and competitive sport for over 25 years, and in equestrianism for over 35 years.

Municipality of Grey Highlands Decision-making Framework

At the beginning of February, four Rural Studies PhD students in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development presented a proposal to the Municipal Council of Grey Highlands. The proposal, which outlined the group’s intent to assist Council with the development of a decision-making framework, was met with a few questions from Council and was ultimately approved.

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