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Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference 2023 Call for Papers and Presentations

The Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy will be hosting the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference (CRRF) from June 20th - 23rd 2023. The theme of this conference is Moving In, Moving on & Moving Up: Living Well in rural Canada.

Living rurally in Canada is historically defined by movement. Young people often leave home to access education and employment opportunities in larger centers, immigrants arrive from other parts of the world, seniors often seek to remain, and young families come and go. The movement of the seasons, wildlife, and weather also impact rural environments, life, and economies. Most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic spurred a movement of people out of overcrowded cities in search of a better quality of life. In turn, what it means to live well in rural places has shifted as the reality of living rurally has changed. While recognizing, understanding, and (possibly) addressing the limitations to rural well-being, we also need to pay attention to the opportunities for living well that are already present in rural and smaller places. People chose to live, work, and play in rural places, while others will visit and some will return.

This conference invites presentations, posters, and panels that address the question(s): What does it mean to live well in rural Canada? What are the key factors, issues, and responses that shape and define well-being in rural places?

This conference is focused on wellbeing as an interdisciplinary concept that can include dynamics of environmental, physical, economic, social, emotional, psychological or mental, and/or economic aspects of wellbeing. As the hosting partner with the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation, we are particularly interested in research that aligns with the broad mandate of the Prentice Institute, including, but not limited to, the following: Population health and quality of life

  • The role of natural resource development in rural and urban futures
  • Demographic changes related to mobility and immigration
  • The role of youth in sustaining rural communities
  • The changing reality of rural work and employment
  • Food security and environmental sustainability
  • The role of arts, culture and heritage in community life and wellbeing

Abstracts for individual presentations, research posters, and panels should be no longer than 250 words in length and should include all the presenters’ names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses.

Use the following Link to fill out the presentation submission form and email back to [email protected] before March 1st 2023.

Prentice Institute – City of Lethbridge Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Pilot

Andrea Cuéllar, Associate Director & WIL Program Lead

Isabella Lee (Accounting)—left, Amy Cran (Anthropology)—center, and Kianna Turner (General Social Sciences)—right, are the first cohort of University of Lethbridge students to complete an Applied Studies project as part of a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) pilot between the City of Lethbridge and the Prentice Institute (Fall 2022). Their project: IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility) in Urban Planning and Policy Making, was supervised by Perry Stein, Project Planning Lead Opportunity Lethbridge (City of Lethbridge) and Research Affiliate II of the Prentice Institute. 


The IDEA of Placemaking was the title of their final project presentation on December 12th, attended by City of Lethbridge staff from a range of departments, including Planning and Design, Parks and Cemeteries, Transportation, Urban Revitalization, and Community Engagement. Informed by the City’s main planning documents (e.g., the City’s Municipal Development Plan) and drawing from initiatives at other urban municipalities in Canada, the students explored frameworks for a citizen-centered placemaking approach that aligns with IDEA principles and with the goal of Reconciliation through urban planning and placemaking. With the academic supervision of Athena Elafros—Sociology, Luke Neamtu—Career Bridge, and Prentice Institute Research Affiliate Julie Young—Geography, this cohort has contributed important perspectives for future urban revitalization and public realm projects in Lethbridge. 


The Prentice Institute – City of Lethbridge WIL pilot will continue and expand in the Spring 2023 with four Applied Studies projects devoted to the Civic Common Comprehensive Site Plan, an IDEA placemaking project in Chinatown, Warehouse District and Chinatown historical research, and the expansion of the City’s heritage management strategy. Through these projects, the City and the Prentice Institute – University of Lethbridge collaborate in tackling questions that are central to the planning of a prosperous, vibrant, inclusive and equitable City.


Stay tuned for an upcoming invitation to a public event in the Spring 2023 in which the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 student cohorts will present their projects to the University, City and broader community. 

Prentice in the Press

Director Lars K Hallström was featured in an article with CTV News regarding Premier Danielle Smith.

As well as an article with My Lethbridge Now in regard to the new UCP Sovereignty Bill

Ogochukwu Onyeso and Oluwagbohunmi A. Awosoga, worked in collaboration with many other institutions to publish "The Pattern and perception of well-being, quality of work life, and quality of care of health professionals in Southwest Nigeria" you can read the full publication here.

Adebiyi Boco will be presenting at the April 2023 annual Meeting of the American Population Association (PAA). Information about the PAA Annual meeting can be found on the PAA website

Get Connected, Become an Affiliate

The Prentice Institute accepts applications for affiliation year-round. Affiliates are eligible to apply for a variety of grant funds offered by the Institute.


Prentice Office Seasonal Closure

The Prentice Institute office will be closed from December 26th, 2022 to January 2nd, 2023. The office will be reopening on January 3rd, 2023.

National Student Paper Competition

Do you know any talented graduate students working on important Canadian policy issues? Let them know about this year's National Student Paper Competition! Online applications are open from November 1, 2022, to January 31, 2023.


Northern Policy Institute Career Opportunities

New Positions are Listed at

24-month contract - application close date December 11, 2022:

  • full-time Magnetic North Program Officer - Sudbury, Ontario

12-month internship contracts - application close date December 11, 2022:

  • full-time Community Engagement Officer - Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • full-time Policy Analyst - Transportation - Kirkland Lake, Ontario
  • full-time Policy Analyst - Remote & Rural Childcare - Kirkland Lake, Ontario

Our continued success depends on our commitment to the recruitment, retention, and development of a talented and diverse team

The Refugee Hub is partnering with University of Toronto to produce a fantastic new platform for sharing information about resettlement and other third country avenues to protection. http://Resettlement.Plus

The Consortium on Analytics for Data-Driven Decision-Making (CAnD3) has come out with its annual report for 2021-2023.

The full report can be found here

Calls for Papers:

The journal Quality and Quantity: International Journal of Methodology (Springer) invites contributions to a special issue focused on the measurement of population changes. Guest editors: Andrea Nigri, Susanna Levantesi, and Marco Bonetti. Deadline for submissions: January 31, 2023

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