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.
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.
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.
How do you share academic research conducted by graduate students with local practitioners and local leaders to make sure findings and recommendations are put into action? Bridging this divide is always challenging, however, the recent Rural Talks 2 Rural Conference mastered this connection!
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.
The newly installed art sculpture entitlted “The Hand-Off’ has been installed at University of Guelph's Alumni Stadium which was created by MLA grad Robert Cram of Robert Cram Workshop.
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.
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:
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!
On October 2, 2018, Dr. Ryan Gibson testified to members of House of Commons Finance Committee. The Finance Committee was conducting pre-budget consultations. In particular, the Finance Committee wanted to know how the federal government might support and encourage communities and businesses to grow the economy. Dr.