The Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities (ACSRC) invites you to “Rural Development: Knowledge and Expertise in Governance
”, a free public lecture (abstract below) by Dr. Kristof Van Assche
(Associate Professor, Planning, Governance & Development, Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta) on October 22, 2014 from 12 PM – 1 PM
in the Dr. Roger Epp Conference Room
(Augustana Campus, 4901-46 Ave, Camrose, AB). Dr. Van Assche’s presentation will examine a series of approaches to rural development, with particular emphasis on the possible roles of diverse forms of knowledge and expertise. For more details please contact the ACSRC email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rural Development: Knowledge and Expertise in Governance
Kristof Van Assche
Planning, Governance & Development
Faculty of Extension
University of Alberta
Abstract: In this presentation we will discuss a series of approaches to rural development, with particular emphasis on the possible roles of diverse forms of knowledge and expertise. We recognize that all these have pros and cons and make more sense in one situation than another. We also recognize that in practice hybrids evolved. We present a frame to analyze the potential and limitation of certain approaches in a given situation, including a methodology of path mapping, context mapping and crafting a tailor made strategy. It is argued that an understanding of the evolving governance in the community is essential for the choice of a rural development approach.
Bio: Kristof is currently an Associate Professor in Planning, Governance & Development at the University of Alberta (Faculty of Extension), Visiting Associate Professor Strategic Communication at Wageningen University and Research Fellow at Bonn University’s Center for Development Research/ ZEF. Previously, he taught at Minnesota State Universites- St Cloud, and held visiting positions at McGill University, Krakov Agricultural University, Bonn University and Wageningen University’s Planning Department.
He analyzes evolution and innovation in governance, especially in the fields of environmental governance, planning and development. Geographically, his work covers Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the Low Countries and the Americas. Among other things, he published on governance evolutions, citizen participation, institutional design & development, heritage & memory in planning and design, on environmental policy, planning and design, in various journals, among which can be noted Public Administration, Administration & Society, Environmental Values, Planning Theory, Land Use Policy, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Memory Studies, Anthropology of East Europe Review, Planning Perspectives and Place Branding & Public Diplomacy.