Skip to content

Rural Planning and Development in Canada, 1st Edition

By David Douglas
Digital eBook
Save 35%
Original price $103.95
Savings of $36.00 + instant delivery
Instructional Resources
Digital teaching aids may be available for this title. All instructor requests are reviewed by our team before the files are made accessible.
Soft Cover
408 pages
ISBN-10: 0176500812
ISBN-13: 9780176500818
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 1st

This book is a first of its kind in Canada. It is designed to simultaneously broaden our appreciation of rural planning and development in Canada, to integrate the richness of analytical and prescriptive perspectives in this eclectic field, and challenge our understanding of rural conditions, policy and practice.


  • Address in a contemporary, interdisciplinary and critical manner the breadth of issues and opportunities before rural Canada, setting these within the context of globalization.
  • Presents an authoritative, lively and highly informed analysis and interpretation of a breadth of issues in rural Canada's communities, regions, environments and economic and social sectors.
  • Involves a compilation and integration of original chapters from the leading authorities in this field.
  • Provides a contemporary and thought provoking interpretation of issues such as rural economic development, regionalism and shifting regional patterns of opportunity in Canada.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Part One: Life and Livelihood
  • Chapter 1: Understanding Rural Canada: Implications for Rural Development Policy and Rural Planning Policy
  • Chapter 2: Rural Economic Development: Critical Reflections on the Record and Potential Directions
  • Part Two: Public Policy, Government and Governance
  • Chapter 3: Policy, Power and Politics in Rural Planning and Development in the Canadian State
  • Chapter 4: Planning and Management for Rural Development: the Role of Local Government
  • Chapter 5: Negotiating 'Rural' and Constructing a Development Process: Rural Development Planning in Quebec
  • Part Three: Living Here: Life Lines, Spaces and Places
  • Chapter 6: Resources, Environment and Community: Conflict and Collaboration
  • Chapter 7: From Land to Table: Rural Planning and Development for Sustainable Food Systems
  • Chapter 8: Rural Landscape Change and Societal Values
  • Part Four: Gender, Justice, Equity and Community Development
  • Chapter 9: Inclusion in Rural Development Planning: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Chapter 10: Community Development: A Cornerstone of Rural Planning and Development
  • Part five: Prospects and Potentials
  • Chapter 11: Theorizing Rural Planning and Development
  • Chapter 12: Prospects

Author Information

David Douglas

David Douglas is a Board Member on the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF), an Advisor for a major rural housing research project in Ireland, an Advisor for a large scale pilot project on rural regional collaboration in Western Canada and the North, called the Community Collaboration Project (Brandon University), and a Member of the OECD LEED Forum on Partnerships and Local Government. David is actively involved in a number of research projects and community outreach, and instructs several courses within Rural Planning and Development. David's current research involves an examination of the relationships between development planning theory and actual practice. Fieldwork for this project, in part supported by a SSHRC grant, has been undertaken in Europe (Ireland) and Newfoundland and Labrador. Other activities include research on regionalism and regional planning policy and practice.

Robert (Bob) C. Annis

Robert Annis was a member of Brandon University's Department of Rural Development and Director of the university's Rural Development Institute between 1999 and 2009. He is also a former member of Brandon University's Department of Native Studies (1983-1988) and of Scotland's Caledonian University's Department of Psychology (1977-1983). Dr. Annis is a member of the Practioner and Sector Strengthening committee of The Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) and is a member of the board of directors for Community Futures Cowichan (CFC).

Ray D. Bollman

Ray Bollman has a BSc and MSc in Agricultural Economics from the University of Manitoba and a PhD in Economics from the University of Toronto. He has held a number of positions with Statistics Canada and is presently Chief of Research and Rural Data in the Agriculture Division. He was a visiting professor of agricultural economics at the University of Manitoba, 1985 - 1986 and the Stanley Knowles Visiting Professor at Brandon University in 1996. His research interests have evolved from the structure of agriculture and the pluriactivity of farm family members to all socio-economic aspects of rural populations. He recently edited Rural and Small Town Canada (Toronto: Thompson Educational Publishing, 1992) and (with John M. Bryden) Rural Employment: An International Perspective (Wallingford: CAB International, 1997). He is the editor of Statistics Canada's Rural and Small Town Canada ANALYSIS BULLETINS. He is also the immediate past-chair of the OECD Working Party on Territorial Indicators.

David Bruce

David Bruce is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment, as well as the Director of the Rural and Small Town Programme at Mount Allison University. He has served as a policy advisor on national and regional bodies, and in 2009 was named to the New Brunswick government's Premiers Roundtable on Self-Sufficiency.

Christopher Bryant

Christopher Bryant is a Professor in the Department of Geography at l'Université de Montréal. His research has focussed on rural development, urban fringe planning and change, and adaptation of human activities in rural areas to climate change. He has presented many papers and published widely on all these themes. He has also been an invited professor at various universities, including Joseph Fourier (Grenoble), Poitiers, Paris X, Maine et Lille (France), Barcelona (Spain), and l'Universitidat del Sur à Bahia Blanca (Argentina), among others. He was Director of the Department of Geography at the University of Waterloo between 1980 and 1983, and Chair of the IGU Commission on the Sustainability of Rural Systems between 2000 and 2006.

Wayne Caldwell

Wayne Caldwell is a Professor in Rural Planning in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. He has a career long affiliation with the County of Huron Department of Planning and Development. He is a founding member and Past Chair of the Ontario Rural Council and a founding member of the Huron Stewardship Council, and the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation. He is currently President of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and he has served on Council for the Canadian Institute of Planners.

John FitzGibbon

John Fitzgibbon is a faculty member of the School of Rural Planning and Development at the University of Guelph. In the past, he has acted as Director of the School Rural Planning, as well as the new School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. He has also served on a number advisory committees and boards, including the Ontario Farm Environmental Coalition, the National Advisory Committee on Environmental Policy for Agriculture (APF) AAFC, and the Provincial Advisory Committee for Source Water Protection.

Rob Greenwood

Rob is the founding director of The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, which was launched on October 1st, 2004. He is cross-appointed with Memorial's Faculty of Business Administration. Rob holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Business Studies from the University of Warwick, England, which he attended as a Commonwealth Scholar and an Institute of Social and Economic Research Doctoral Fellow. He has operated his own consulting business and has served as a Director and Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy in economic development departments in Newfoundland and Labrador and in Saskatchewan. He was Vice President, Corporate Development, Information Services Corporation of Saskatchewan, and was founding Director of the Sustainable Communities Initiative, a partnership of the University of Regina, the City of Regina, and the National Research Council of Canada. He has taught, consulted, published and presented extensively on community economic and regional development, strategic economic planning, sectoral and cluster development, public policy and knowledge mobilization. He is Past-President of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation. Rob is married to Jackie and has two children, Kate and Luke.

Greg Halseth

Greg Halseth is the Canada Research Chair in Rural and Small Town Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia, and he is also Director of UNBC's Community Development Institute. A professor in the university's Geography Program, he has also served as a member on a variety of federal and provincial committees, including the Advisory Committee on Rural Issues for the Federal Secretary of State for Rural Development, Community Advisory Committee for the BC Ministry of Forests Mountain Pine Beetle Task Force, and the governing council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Bruno Jean

Bruno Jean is a professor at the Université du Québec à Rimouski and recipient of the Research Chair in Rural Development. He has been recognized with a number of awards for his research in rural development, including the Université du Québec Award of Excellence in Research the Canadian Historical Association prize for the best book in regional history.

Karen Landman

Karen Landman is Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture in The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development (SEDRD) at the University of Guelph. She is a recipient of the Ontario Agricultural Council (OAC) Distinguished Professor Award and is Research Coordinator for The Arboretum at the University of Guelph. A registered professional planner (MCIP, OPPI), she has also worked as a County planner.

Maureen G. Reed

Maureen G. Reed is Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. A recipient of funding and grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Parks Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Status of Women Policy Research Unit, the Canadian Forest Service, and the Sustainable Forest Management Network, she is has written three books and numerous articles on rural and environmental issues.

Bill Reimer

Bill Reimer is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Geography at Concordia University. The author of numerous articles and publications on rural issues, he is currently the Project Director and Principal Investigator of the New Rural Economy (NRE) project.

Jennifer Sumner

Jennifer Sumner is an Assistant Professor in the Adult Education and Community Development Program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto, and Director of the Certificate Program in Adult Education for Sustainability. She is the author of Sustainability and the Civil Commons: Rural Communities in the Age of Globalization, published in 2007 by the University of Toronto Press. She is also a Member of the Expert Committee on Organic Agriculture, as well as a Consulting Editor for the Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education.