CDI Books

Sustainable Development in the Circumpolar North

From Tana, Norway to Oktemtsy, Yakutia, Russia
The Gargia Conferences for Local and Regional Development (2004-14)

Tor Gjertsen and Greg Halseth (eds.)
The Community Development Institute at the University of Northern British Columbia
November 2014

This book is about creating sustainable futures for rural and northern communities. It confronts critical issues and ways to facilitate positive change for communities that are experiencing economic and social transformation and provides strategies and tools for successfully dealing with the challenges and opportunities that come with this change. Editors Gjertsen and Halseth present examples from northern communities that illustrate a more holistic and integrated approach to local and regional development. Key themes explored include governance, community, economic, and social development, as well as development in Indigenous communities and regions.

Investing in Place: Economic Renewal in Northern British Columbia     

Sean Markey, Greg Halseth, and Don Manson
UBC Press: Vancouver
July 2012

Investing in Place is about creating the foundations for renewing northern British Columbia’s rural and small-town economies. Markey, Halseth, and Manson argue that renewal is not about nostalgic reliance on the policies and economic strategies of the past -- rather, it is about building a pragmatic and innovative vision for development, one that acknowledges both the opportunities and the challenges posed by resource development and global and technological change. The path to renewal lies in place-based development, in people working together at all levels of the community and region to take advantage of local opportunities in a sustainable, responsible way.

The Next Rural Economies: Constructing Rural Place in a Global Economy       

Greg Halseth, Sean Markey and David Bruce (eds.)
CABI International: Oxfordshire, UK

This book brings together rural and small town scholars from seven OECD countries to present essays on the possible future of rural development, with a focus on sharing and advancing understanding of place-based approaches. A place-based approach to rural development takes into account the unique attributes and assets of individual communities and regions, and considers these in identifying particular and contextually appropriate types of activities and investments. The stories told in the chapters of the book highlight the benefits of place development, including local ownerships fostered by participatory engagement, efficiencies achieved through collaboration, and innovations in the rural economic enterprise revealed by truly understanding the competitive appeal of place.

Understanding Indigenous Economic Development in Northern, Rural, and Remote Settings: Frameworks for Change

Greg Halseth, Julia Schwamborn, Ray Gerow, and Tor Gjertsen (eds.)
The Community Development Institute at the University of Northern British Columbia
November 2010

This eBook features presentations and discussions that evolved from the “Understanding indigenous economic development in northern, rural, and remote settings” workshop, jointly hosted by the Community Development Institute at UNBC and the Aboriginal Business and Community Development Centre. The goal was to produce a rich dialogue that could enhance our understanding of key barriers and opportunities related to successful indigenous economic development both on reserves and in urban Aboriginal communities. Workshop speakers identified and challenged the framework of current indigenous economic development, and pointed out key barriers to successful development, as well as actions and supports needed to achieve change.