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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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.


Farmers’ Markets, Community Supported Agriculture & The Local Food System in Nova Scotia: Consumer Survey Report

This report presents results of an online survey of farmers’ market and CSA consumers. Conducted in spring 2020, the survey is one component of a larger study investigating the global footprint of the local food system in Nova Scotia. The objective of the survey was to gather data on farmers’ market and CSA consumers’ perceptions of local food, their motivations for buying local, their knowledge of food production, and where farmers’ markets and CSA participation fit into the rest of their household’s provisioning.


Survey Report: Seeing a Future in it

This summary report presents high-level findings from our 2019 survey of Atlantic Canadians. The survey, part of a larger SSHRC Insight-funded project called 'Seeing a Future in it: Generations and Work in Atlantic Canada', examined Atlantic Canadians views toward community, work and economy as well as their experiences as workers and residents of urban, rural and suburban Atlantic Canadian communities.



Karen Foster on why women's careers have suffered more than men's during the pandemic

RFRC director Karen Foster is interviewed to discuss the ways in which women's careers have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Women got the worst of both worlds here — they were more likely to be in sectors that shut down, and also more likely to be working the jobs that got busier, more dangerous and more stressful as a result of COVID."

Data Briefs

New primer on COVID-19's impact on rural communities

The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) is publishing a series of short policy primers on COVID-19's impact on rural communities. Dr. Foster is the author of the latest, titled Exports, Imports, and Local Economic Resilience. View the primer here.

Data Briefs

COVID-19 Impact on Rural and Small-Town Employment in Canada

RFRC Research Associate Ray Bollman has been tracking the impact of COVID-19 on rural and small town employment in Canada. His detailed analyses are available on the Rural Ontario Institute's website here. RFRC Research Associate Hannah Main summarized some of the findings in the PDF below.


The Right to be Rural

The Right to be Rural began as a public lecture (video below), was published as an essay in The Dalhousie Review, inspired several sessions at academic conferences, and is now the impetus for an edited volume (Jennifer Jarman and Karen Foster, eds.) under review with University of Alberta Press. 

Read the essay here (library account required), or watch the video below, and watch this space for updates about the book.


RFRC survey to track perceptions of environmental change in Atlantic Canada

Effective and sustainable environmental policy and advocacy is based on knowing what people think, and understanding how they perceive social and environmental issues. This study, funded by the Ocean Frontier Institute and as part of the larger Future Ocean Coastal Infrastructure (FOCI) project, examines the multiple, and potentially divergent, social perceptions of climate change among the general public, while also engaging experts, media, and policy network actors to build social capacity and knowledge mobilization in Atlantic Canada.


EU-funded project assesses the global footprint of Nova Scotia's local food movement

Local food movements argue that a reduction of food-miles has positive social, environmental and economic impacts. A full account of the costs of food production, however, needs to go beyond the path from food to plate and consider the wider set of translocal social and economic relations involved in local food production. Using a multi-method, ethnographic approach, this project examines the costs of local food production with special attention on the international labour migration that sustains Nova Scotia’s agricultural sector.

The study entails:


RFRC research in the news

Dr. Foster's research on work and productivity inspired two non-academic publications in early June, both focused on the impacts of the COVID19 pandemic on working conditions and norms in Canadian workplaces. Read them here:

"The Day is Dawning on a Four Day Workweek," in The Conversation.