Posted on November 28, 2011 by Naomi Finseth

The 2012 Rural Research Workshop is pleased to invite researchers interested in rural issues to submit a proposal for a paper presentation for the second national Rural Research Workshop (RRW) “Policy and Research in Community Investment”, which will take place on May 24-25, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario.

The 2012 Rural Research Workshop is pleased to invite researchers (e.g. academic institutions, government agencies and non-governmental organizations) interested in rural issues to submit a proposal for a paper presentation for the second national Rural Research Workshop (RRW) Policy and Research in Community Investment, which will take place on May 24-25, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario. The Workshop will focus on the complex relationships between policy and research as they relate to the practice of rural community investment, while examining the challenges, opportunities and lessons that these three-way interrelationships present.

Papers addressing the following themes and other related topics, while focusing on the policy/research/practice dynamic, will be considered for presentations:

  • implications of globalization;
  • evolving systems of governance;
  • challenges of place-based approaches;
  • rediscovery of the role and relevance of the social economy;
  • role of innovation, learning and knowledge mobilization;
  • transformative development;
  • capacity development; and
  • changes in our demographic profiles.

Paper presentations must include a research purpose and objectives, methodology or approach (if applicable), a summary of the research results and suggested policy contributions. Up to 24 presentations can be accommodated. Proposals and presentations may be in English or French. A group of three paper proposals may be submitted for consideration as an organized session. Each presentation will be restricted to 20 minutes.

Proposals should indicate the name of each author, the e-mail and telephone number of the contact author, the language of the presentation (English or French), paper title and an abstract of no more than 200 words. As a Workshop outcome, authors may be invited to submit full papers to be considered for inclusion in a journal special edition.

Deadline and Milestone

Proposal submission deadline:  January 20, 2012

Please complete the online Paper Abstract Submission form

(Note: After submitting your information a note will appear on the bottom of the online submission webpage to indicate either a successful or unsuccessful transmission.)

If you experience difficulties with the online form or process, you can make an offline submission.

  1. Obtain the form (a Word document) by sending a request to RRWPaper@gmail.com with this subject line “Request – Paper Abstract Submission form”.
  2. Submit your completed form by e-mail to RRWPaper@gmail.com with this subject line “RRW Paper Abstract Submission + your full name”.

(Note:  You will be sent an e-mail confirming the receipt of your offline submission form within 1-3 business days.)

Notice of acceptance: To be sent in early February 2012

(Note: Participating authors will only need to pay the student registration fee.)

For more information on the workshop click here.

The Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities sits on the RRW Planning Steering Committee.


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