Service Provision And Rural Sustainability: Infrastructure and Innovation
Greg Halseth, Sean Markey, Laura Ryser (eds.)
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 Renewing outdated infrastructure and supporting the delivery of services in rural communities present significant challenges from the constrained fiscal and policy realities of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.
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.)
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
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.)
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.)
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.
Beyond the Metropolis: Urban Geography As If Small Cities Mattered
Greg Halseth (contributor)
Beyond the Metropolis is an attempt to mend the lacuna that exists between large and small city studies in urban geography, especially in North America. It covers a wide range of topics organized around some of the most common themes that urban geographers have addressed in their study of large cities. In addition to a general introduction and conclusion, the book is divided into three parts. Part I focuses on the evolution and growth of small cities. It outlines in very broad terms the status of small city studies within urban studies, in general, and urban geography, in particular, to underscore the relatively little attention that has been given to small cities. Part II deals with the internal structure of small cities. Part III examines issues related to planning and managing change in small cities. The chapters examine established conventions in urban geography and related disciplines from the perspectives of small cities for the purpose of understanding small cities.
Building Community in an Instant Town: A Social Geography of Mackenzie and Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia
Greg Halseth and Lana Sullivan
Prince George: A Social Geography of BC’s Northern Capital
Greg Halseth and Regine Halseth (eds.)
Cottage Country in Transition: A Social Geography of Change and Contention in the Rural-Recreational Countryside