Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities


Lars K Hallström, PhD

Dr. Hallström is a Professor at the University of Alberta. He is committed to overseeing the ACSRC’s efforts to advance the U of A’s rural focused research and to forge practical connections to rural communities.

Dr. Hallström comes to the U of A from St. Francis Xavier University, where he served as an Associate Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Governance. He took a leadership role in establishing the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. His research has been diverse and includes issues relating to small-scale forestry and woodlots, public health, and the politics of environmental movements. He holds a PhD from Purdue University and a BA from the University of Calgary.


Clark Banack

Clark Banack, PhD
Research Associate

Dr. Banack is an Adjunct Professor of political science at the University of Alberta and research associate with the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities and the Chester Ronning Centre.  He specializes in the areas of western Canadian politics, religion and politics, provincial education policy, right-wing populism, and rural-urban issues.  His current work focuses on building inclusive communities delivering training and education on racism in rural communities across Alberta.