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Precarious Employment in Rural Ontario

In collaboration with colleagues from around Ontario and OMAFRA, the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development's Dr. Lauzon and Rural Studies PhD student Valencia Gaspard are pursuing a project reviewing the impacts of precarious employment on the social, emotional and physical health of rural communities in Ontario. This project's outcomes will be useful in crafting rural policy and programs, mitigating the negative impact of precarious employment trends, and better understanding holistic community health.

"Studio Vantage" - Issue One "Paradox" Released

The students of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph announce the release of Studio Vantage ISSUE 1 - Paradox.  See attachment.  

Gibson Shares Insights in Social Media and Knowledge Mobilization Webinar

On March 15, 2017, researchers explored how you can use social media more effectively to engage your stakeholders and encourage knowledge mobilization between partners and colleagues. A six-person panel put a spotlight on some of the successful social media initiatives from across the country. The webinar included presentations from:

Interested in a Career in the Public Sector?

What does it mean to work for the public service? How does one search for a career in the public service? Thirteen graduate students from three SEDRD programs and two faculty members discussed careers in the public sector with Scott Duff at workshop on March 13, 2017.

Students sitting around a table discussing workshop
Photo above:  Scott Duff (left), speaking to workshop participants.

From Research to Policy: 2017 Rural Symposium Report

Sixteen graduate students from The University of Guelph’s Ontario Agricultural College, Ontario Veterinarian College, and the College of Social and Applied Human Science presented their research to provincial policy makers at the Rural Symposium on February 14th, 2017.

New SEDRD Director Named

Prof. Sean Kelly has been appointed as the new director of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) effective January 1, 2017.

 “I cannot think of a more exciting time to undertake this leadership role for SEDRD,” shares Prof. Kelly. “This school has some of the most reputable programs in Canada and it’s anticipated that the next five years will bring some unprecedented changes with faculty, curriculum and facilities.” 

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

Prof. Al Lauzon Receives 2016 OAC Alumni Distinguished Extension Award

The 2016 OAC Alumni Distinguished Extension award was presented to Professor Al Lauzon on September 14, 2016 at the OAC Welcome Back BBQ event.  This award recognizes effective extension efforts used successfully in extension outside the University classroom.

Al Lauzon is a Professor in Capacity Development and Extension and the PhD in Rural Studies program and is currently serving as Acting Director of the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development.

Gibson presents to Swedish Government on Canada’s Rural Policy Experience

On September 12, Dr. Ryan Gibson presented to the Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis in Stockholm. The workshop brought together researchers from England, Finland, Norway, and Canada to discuss how governments can ensure the perspectives of rural residents are incorporated before new policies and programs are created. The Swedish Agency for Growth Policy Analysis is mandated to strengthen Swedish competitiveness and to grow the Swedish economy through job creation and business growth. 

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