Monthly News
June 2019
Rural communities in Canada have faced a long history of capital and labour flight, resource extraction, and political marginalization. At the same time, despite decades of efforts toward rural development and economic/social diversification, there is little evidence of change or improved resilience in rural Canada. This article seeks to examine this lack of change against the backdrop of that developmental history, and the underlying logics that have informed rural policy-making. Focusing on Alberta, this paper argues that rural communities face a third phase of developmental approaches embedded within a neoliberal governmentality, one that emphasizes equality of opportunity, competition, capacity-building, and collaboration... 
ECHO Group in Moncton NB
ECHO Network Quarterly Update
The first quarter of 2019 has seen some exiting ECHO Network activities and the network is looking forward to a year focused on sharing integrative tools & processes to address the cumulative impacts of resource development and extraction.
The ECHO Network Annual Meeting was recently held in Moncton, NB.  The ACSRC and the Battle River Watershed Alliance sent representatives as members of the network to present.   The delegation presented research on an assessment of the needs of municipalities within the Battle River Watershed from environmental, health and community perspectives.   A poster entitled "Municipal Data Needs within the Battle River Watershed" was shared with ECHO Network members.  The research findings will contribute to the study of interrelated socioeconomic, ecological, cultural and political pathways that influence health in regions in which communities and resource development operations coexist.  A report on this project is forthcoming. 

October 1-4, 2019, St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada 
Memorial University and the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) and its North Atlantic partners are planning for the 2019 North Atlantic Forum and CRRF Conference in St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada in October 2019.
Keynote addresses and sessions include: 
  • Labour market and Labour Mobility, The Future of Rural Work.
  • Food Security (agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture) and
    Drinking Water in Rural and Remote Communities.
  • Cultural and Heritage Industries and Rural Identity, Tourism, Social Enterprise  

September 24-26, 2019.  Seoul, Korea  
How can policies raise well-being in rural areas?  The 12th OECD Rural Development Conference  will tackle this central question by examining the multiple aspects of rural wellbeing, including role of innovation and digitalisation in revitalising rural communities and making them attractive for business and residents alongside strategies to deliver quality public services and to help rural regions transition to a low carbon economy.
The conference will identify best practices and build comparative knowledge on how rural policies contribute to national competitiveness and global agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will engage high-level policy makers from OECD member and partner countries, policy practitioners from national and subnational level, representatives from the private sector and international experts.

June 8 to 12, 2020- Valea Boros, Romania 
This event will be built around sessions and activities designed to stimulate discourse and to enhance interactions of participants.  It is an opportunity to: exchange ideas; to pull apart contentious issues; to set challenges and goals for the work; to develop more effective collaborations within the international community; to build greater camaraderie among researchers within discipline areas; and to help emerging researchers to take leading roles.  
Call for Proposals
Building on the momentum of a recent interdisciplinary academic workshop held at the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus entitled "Enhancing Inclusivity in Rural Canada," we are inviting chapter proposals for an edited book volume that examines the issue of inclusivity in rural Canada.

This volume offers the results of five years of cutting-edge empirical and theoretical analysis of changes in Canadian regional development and the potential of new approaches for improving the well-being of Canadian communities and regions, with an emphasis on rural regions. It situates the Canadian approach within comparative experiences and debates, offering the opportunity for broader lessons to be learned.  
Calendar of Events
For upcoming events, conferences and workshops visit the events calendar on the ACSRC website.  This calendar holds events offered by the ACSRC and other organizations with a common goal of sustainable rural communities. 
Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities