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New Publications: social media, big data analytics and innovation networks

Researchers and practitioners are embarking on topics, such as digital agriculture, big data and social media. The research program of Dr. Ataharul Chowdhury aligns with this exploration and seeks to advance understanding about innovative use of social and collaborative media for enhancing knowledge mobilization, learning and innovation networks of agricultural professionals. He has been collaborating on several studies to investigate social and collaborative media for supporting innovation networks of agricultural professionals.

UofG Rural Planning and Development (RPD) researchers featured in the Ontario Planning Journal

The current issue of the Ontario Planning Journal (Vol. 33, No. 6) features a range of topics on rural planning and development. Wayne Caldwell, RPD faculty, talks about two realities in rural Ontario and the impacts on the practice of planning. Sara Epp, PhD Candidate in Rural Studies, considers the settlement of Mennonite farmers in northern Ontario communities and the impact on local food systems.

RPD MSc Candidate Cameron Curran featured in Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association (OOWA) Summer 2018 Newsletter for work in the Lake Simcoe Watershed

As a second-year MSc student in the Rural Planning and Development program, I’ve already had many outstanding opportunities to apply what I’ve learned in the classroom to the “real world”. My thesis project, supported by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MOECP), has served as a gateway to such opportunities. Specifically, through the onsite wastewater industry. My work focuses on best management practice development for mandated reinspection programs for onsite wastewater systems within the Lake Simcoe watershed.

Dr. Gibson Participates in the Revival of Farm Radio

The Farm Radio program was revived in Blyth, Ontario during the 2018 Rural Talks 2 Rural Conference! Farm Radio Forum was a weekly CBC Radio program that aired from 1941-1965. The radio program highlighted agricultural developments, techniques, and provided education to farmers across Canada.

Gaspard Elected President of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation

Valencia Gaspard, PhD candidate in Rural Studies in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, was elected President of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation at the recent Health and Shared Prosperity Conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation is a national charitable organization devoted to empowering rural communities, leaders, and researchers.

SEDRD Well Represented at CRRF 2018 Conference

The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development was well represented at the recent Health and Shared Prospersity: Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference in Saskatoon. The conference brought togetehr community leaders, government policy makers, students, and researchers from across Canada and internationally to share research and community initiatives in rural development. 

The following SEDRD students contributed presentations to the conference: 

Kia Ora from New Zealand!

Emily Bowerman is a graduate student in the Master’s of Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph.  She is exploring the ways that practitioners reflect Te Ao Maori (Maori Worldview) in waterscape design and planning in New Zealand. Emily is working under the supervision of Dr. Sheri Longboat (University of Guelph).  


Kia Ora from New Zealand!

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