Natural Resource Development – Team Introduction

The Natural Resource Development theme team is excited to dive into a busy autumn! Our goals for the coming months include developing a clear budgeting process and prioritizing research activities. This will be done in consultation with NRD team members on a web forum and all members will be receiving an email with more information about the budgeting process in the coming week from the team lead and support.
Team Lead: John Devlin
This year’s Team Lead is John Devlin. He is a full-time faculty member at the University of Guelph. His primary areas of academic interest include: the role of the state in development; environmental assessment and public participation; good governance; agricultural and environmental policy. John is Co-chair of the Public Participation Section of the International Association for Impact Assessment, a member of the Board of Directors of the Organic Council of Ontario, and a regular teaching faculty for the International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Summer Institute.
Team Support: Rebecca McEvoy
The Team Support for the Natural Resource Development Team has been hired. Rebecca hails from rural Ontario and has also spent time studying on Canada’s east coast. She is currently working towards a MSc. in Rural Planning & Development at the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on discursive framing and how it is used strategically by social movements to affect development outcomes. She is excited to be working for the Rural Policy Learning Commons.
Lately the NRD team has been doing some visioning and Rebecca is keeping busy compiling profiles of our team members. Next, institutions and organizations involved in natural resource development and management will also be profiled. Is your organization interested in becoming a part of the RPLC network to expand its reach and influence? Reach out to Rebecca at for more information.
You can also follow our team on Twitter @RPLC_NRD. We tweet about rural resources issues and our goal for the new Twitter account is three-fold. We hope to share information on consultation opportunities of interest to our members, amplify the voice of our team on social media through re-tweets, and provide updates on interesting cases of resource development across Canada and around the world.

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