The RFRC's research is disseminated in the form of peer-reviewed journal articles and books, conference and keynote presentations, reports, fact sheets, and media interviews. Some of the highlights are below.

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A rural urbanism framework for the Shubenacadie River Valley

RFRC Research Associate Dr. Richard leBrasseur completed a rural community strategic development plan for the Village of Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. The Shubenecadie River Valley 2050 vision addresses climate-based environmental risk of increased flooding while promoting an agro-ecological landscape strategy which prioritises rural prosperity, inclusivity, and stability.


Rural demography: Rural Canada is growing (but not everywhere)

RFRC Research Associate Ray Bollman presented this research for a panel at the Canadian Economics Association meeting. He analyses Statistics Canada data to explore the demography of rural Canada. To view the slideshow from his presentation, click here.


Crime prevention and community safety in rural communities

RFRC Director Karen Foster prepared this expert report on behalf of the Mass Casualty Commission.

Photo from mrbanjo1138 on Flickr


LIFTing Lunenburg County: Identifying Opportunities for Economic Growth

RFRC Director Karen Foster and Research Assistant Emma Kay Sarty prepared a report for LIFT Lunenburg County Microlending. The goal was to document the products and services residents perceive to be missing from Lunenburg County, to provide factual research to guide LIFT Lunenburg County and assist those interested in starting or expanding businesses in evaluating ideas and identifying opportunities.


Thumbnail photo by Amy Meredith on Flickr


Working at Odds: How Food Businesses Experience Regulation in Nova Scotia

RFRC director Karen Foster collaborated with the Dalhousie's Baxter Lab on a project examining food systems in Atlantic Canada. This publication reports on results from interviews with Nova Scotia food business owners.

Peer-reviewed articles and chapters

Re-centering labour in local food: local washing and the growing reliance on permanently temporary migrant farmworkers in Nova Scotia

RFRC researchers and affiliates (Elizabeth Fitting, Catherine Bryan, Karen Foster and Jason Ellsworth) have authored a new paper in the journal Agriculture and Human Values.


Perceptions of Environmental Change in Atlantic Canada: Survey Report

Climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation are major threats of the 21st century. Such crises are global in scope, but they manifest in everyday life through small, incremental changes that people observe in their local environments.


Future Ocean and Coastal Infrastructures Delphi Process Report

The RFRC is a partner on the Perceptions of Climate Change and Social Futures project, a component of the Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI)-funded Future Ocean and Coastal Infrastructures (FOCI) research consortium. The Perceptions research team is led by University of Western Ontario's Howard Ramos, and includes RFRC director Dr. Karen Foster, research associate Rachel McLay, and post-doctoral fellow Dr.

Peer-reviewed articles and chapters

RFRC researchers featured in special issue on youth mobilities

Two publications by RFRC members are included in a special issue of the International Journal of Child, Youth & Family Studies. The theme of the special issue is Youth Transitions to Education and Employment: A Mobilities Perspective.


Ray Bollman's work

RFRC research associate Ray Bollman has analyzed quantitative data on rural Canada, and in 2020-2021, much of this research focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on rural employment.

He also has recently published a paper in the Journal of Rural and Community Development titled "Change in Reporting an Aboriginal Identity: Age Matters"

Data Briefs

RFRC Factsheet: COVID19's impact on rural and urban employment

This data brief takes a look at how employment has been affected by the pandemic in rural and small town areas (RST) compared to larger urban centres (LUC). Prepared by RFRC associates Hannah Main and Ray Bollman.