CDI Books

Service Provision And Rural Sustainability: Infrastructure and Innovation

Greg Halseth, Sean Markey, Laura Ryser (eds.)
November 2018

Access to quality services and community infrastructure are vital parts of supporting sustainable and resilient rural and small town places. Renewing outdated infrastructure and supporting the delivery of services in rural communities present significant challenges from the constrained fiscal and policy realities of the 21st century.

Drawing upon contributors from five Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, this book describes innovative service delivery and community infrastructure models that are appropriate to the contemporary rural and resource-dependent regions of developed economies. The examples show that an entrepreneurial approach to service delivery and infrastructure provision by local organizations and governments is needed. Critical economic and community development supports are crucial to assist creative and innovative sets of solutions that work for small communities. Chapters in this book argue that community development foundations for resilient rural and small town communities and regions must be co-constructed and co-delivered in partnership by both local and senior government actors, in terms of both policy and committed resources.

This volume will be extremely valuable for students, scholars, and community development practitioners exploring policy-making, government initiatives, and community service provision in rural and small town places.

Towards A Political Economy of Resource-dependent Regions by Greg Halseth

Greg Halseth, Laura Ryser
August 2017

This book advances our understanding of resource-dependent regions in developed economies in the 21st Century. It explores how rural and small town places are working to find success in a new economy marked by demographic, economic, social, cultural, political, and environmental change. How are we to understand the changes and transformations working through communities and economies? Where are the trajectories of change leading these resource-dependent places and regions? Drawing upon examples from Canada, USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and the Nordic countries, these and other questions are explored and addressed by constructing a critical political economy framework of resource hinterland transition.

Towards a Political Economy of Resource Dependent Regionsis a key resource for students and researchers in geography, rural and industrial sociology, economics, environmental studies, political science, regional studies, and planning, as well as policy-makers, those in industry and the private sector, and local and regional development practitioners.

Doing Community-based Research: Perspectives From The Field

Greg Halseth, Sean Markey, Laura Ryser
June 2016

Community-based research (CBR) offers useful insights into the challenges associated with conducting research and ensuring that it generates both excellent scholarship and positive impacts in the communities where the research takes place. This depends on two important variables: the capacity of CBR to generate good information, and the extent to which CBR is understood and constructed as a two-way relationship that includes a set of responsibilities for both researchers and communities. Offering expert advice on the crucial relationship between communities and researchers, the authors outline the main stages of the CBR process to guide researchers and practitioners. They discuss the reasons for conducting CBR, provide tips on how to design research, and detail how researchers and communities should get to know one another, as well as how best to work in the field and how to turn fieldwork into research that counts. By focusing on the lessons learned from the use of CBR, the authors make the messages, lessons, and practices applicable to a variety of research settings. Drawing collectively from decades of community-based research experience and including vignettes from researchers from around the world who share their CBR experiences, Doing Community-Based Research is an essential book for scholars, students, practitioners, and the educated public.

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.