LEAD – Matteo Vittuari,
NETWORK SUPPORT – Sarah Minnes, 

The Rural Governance Network aims to facilitate, promote and enable connections for actors engaged in rural governance. This Network supports activities that further understanding and improvement in the formal and informal mechanisms and tools by which rural communities and regions organize themselves for economic, environmental, political and social-cultural objectives. The Governance Network helps to examine the implications of governance structures, processes, and policies that impact rural communities.
More about this network can be found here
View network members’ contact information and organizations here
Interested in joining the Governance Network? Contact Sarah Minnes 
Twitter: @RplcCapr #RPLC_GOV
Have a rural governance question? Contact an expert             
Check out the Rural Governance Network’s 2019-2020 work plan here

The Governance Network has successfully funded the following: 


Recordings of all of our webinars can be found on the RPLC YouTube channel.  Visit the site to see all of the rural related webinars or check out some of the Rural Governance related webinars below.


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Rural Routes is a Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development and Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation initiative. This show is supported through a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Connection grant.

Selected publications related to Rural Governance

Vince, J., & Stoett, P. (2018). From problem to crisis to interdisciplinary solutions: Plastic marine debris. Marine Policy.
McNeely, G., & Ashton, W. (2018). Critical gaps in public policy programs in Canada: Identifying subject areas for graduate training in rural policy. Journal of Public Affairs Education, 0(0), 1–23.
O’Donoghue, C., Loughrey, J., & Sologon, D. M. (2018). Decomposing the Drivers of Changes in Inequality During the Great Recession in Ireland using the Fields Approach. The Economic and Social Review, 49(2, Summer), 173–200.
Cullen, P., Dupraz, P., Moran, J., Murphy, P., O’Flaherty, R., O’Donoghue, C., … Ryan, M. (2018). Agri-Environment Scheme Design: Past Lessons and Future Suggestions. EuroChoices, 0(0).
Herron, R. V., & Wrathall, M. A. (2018). Putting responsive behaviours in place: Examining how formal and informal carers understand the actions of people with dementia. Social Science & Medicine, 204, 9–15.
Minnes, S., Breen, S.-P., Markey, S., & Vodden, K. (2018). Pragmatism versus Potential: New Regionalism and Rural Drinking Water Management. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 13(2).
Ryser, L., Halseth, G., & Markey, S. (2018). Restructuring of Rural Governance in a Rapidly Growing Resource Town: The Case of Kitimat, BC, Canada. EchoGéo, (43).
Meyers, W., & Johnson, T. G. (Eds.). (2018). Handbook of International Food and Agricultural Policies (Vol. 1). World Scientific.
Bollman, R. D., & Ashton, B. (2018). Rural Policy in Canada. In Handbook of International Food and Agricultural Policies (Vols. 1–3, pp. 149–180). World Scientific.
Meyers, W. H., & Johnson, T. G. (2018). Evolving Agricultural and Rural Policy in a Global Context: Diverse Origins and Varied Paths. In Handbook of International Food and Agricultural Policies (Vol. 1, pp. 1–15). World Scientific.
Weber, B., & Kilkenny, M. (2018). Rural Policy in the United States. In Handbook of International Food and Agricultural Policies (Vols. 1–3, pp. 43–70). World Scientific.
Butters, L., Okusipe, O. M., Eledi, S. B., & Vodden, K. (2018). Engaging the Past to Create a New Future: A Comparative Study of Heritage-driven Community Development Initiatives in the Great Northern Peninsula. Journal of Rural and Community Development, 12(2–3).
Shortall, S. (2018). Changing Gender Roles in Irish Farm Households: Continuity and Change. Irish Geography, 50(2), 175–191.
Refsgaard, K., Teräs, J., Kull, M., Oddsson, G., Jóhannesson, T., & Kristensen, I. (2018). The Rapidly Developing Nordic Bioeconomy: Exerpt from State of the Nordic Region 2018.
Minnes, S. (2017). Ontario’s Clean Water Act and Implications for Rural Serviced Municipalities. Water (9), 538.
Hall, Heather M., Kelly Vodden, and Rob Greenwood. 2016. “From Dysfunctional to Destitute: The Governance of Regional Economic Development in Newfoundland and Labrador.” International Planning Studies 22 (2):49–67.
Ashton, William, Wayne Kelly, and Ray Bollman. 2015. “POLICY REVIEW: Municipalities Amalgamate in Manitoba: Moving towards Rural Regions.” The Manitoba Law Journal 38 (June):123.
Chelan, Zirul, Greg Halseth, Sean Markey, and Laura Ryser. 2015. “Struggling with New Regionalism: Government Trumps Governance in Northern British Columbia, Canada.” Journal of Rural & Community Development 10 (2):136–65.
Coates, Ken, Carin Holroyd, and Joelena Leader. 2015. “Managing the Forgotten North: Governance Structures and Administrative Operations of Canada’s Provincial Norths.” Northern Review 0 (38).
Vodden, Kelly. 2015. “Governing Sustainable Coastal Development: The Promise and Challenge of Collaborative Governance in Canadian Coastal Watersheds.” The Canadian Geographer / Le Géographe Canadien 59 (2):167–80.
Cesaretti, Gian Paolo, Rosa Misso, Francesca D’Alessandro, H. Shakir Hanna Safwat, Brent S. Steel, and Zacharoula S. Andreopoulou. 2014. “Sustainable Governance for a New ‘Proximity Market’of Our Agriculture.” RIVISTA DI STUDI SULLA SOSTENIBILITA’ 2014/2 (2):31–42