City Region Studies Centre

Partner and Affiliated Projects

  • Beckie: FLEdGE (Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged)

    CRSC partner Dr. Mary Beckie, Associate Professor and Director of Community Engagement Studies at the Faculty of Extension, is taking a leadership role in strengthening local food networks. As the academic lead for the Western Canadian node of the recently launched FLEdGE project, Dr. Beckie hopes to explore and enhance the impact of local food production, raise awareness of the benefits of local food systems, and help shape the future of agricultural policy.

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  • Beckie and McMahon: Community Leadership Mapping
  • Shields: Global Suburbanisms

    Urbanization is at the core of the global economy today. Yet, the crucial aspect of 21st century urban development is suburbanization - defined as an increase in non-central city population and economic activity, as well as urban spatial expansion. It includes all manner of peripheral growth: from the wealthy gated communities of Southern California, to the high rise-dominated suburbs of Europe and Canada, the exploding outskirts of Indian and Chinese cities, and the slums and squatter settlements in Africa and Latin America. Suburbanism is the growing prevalence of qualitatively distinct "suburban ways of life". This Major Collaborative Research Initiative is the first major research project to systematically take stock of worldwide developments. 

    CRSC researcher Dr. Rob Shields is contributing a case study featuring the southeast Edmonton suburb of Mill Woods. 

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    The Global Suburbanism MCRI website >>

    Amiskwaciy - Suburbs for Settlers, Mill Woods Case Study >>

  • Van Assche: Governing Boom / Bust Communities

    The rapid growth and decay of rural communities has been a hallmark of Western Canadian development for decades, particularly in natural resource mining and processing communities. There is a strong link between boom/bust patterns and how natural resource development is managed - this link is so strong that a community’s dependence the availability and demand for natural resources such as oil and gas is often considered inevitable. However, the boom / bust pattern can have negative social, economic, and environmental impacts.

    We believe that even with a strong economic dependence on natural resource development, there are more resilience paths to community development. This research will explore strategies for promoting sustainable development in boom and bust economies, through the lens of evolutionary governance, to better promote long-term growth and development in rural Alberta, and in other resource development communities worldwide.

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  • Prairie Urban Farm

    Prairie Urban Farm is a one-acre, mixed crop, community food system at the University of Alberta's South Campus. Project administrators believe that the lack of resilience in our agri-food systems is one of the biggest challenges facing our communities today. Our goals are to demonstrate and provide skill-building opportunities in alternative, regenerative ways of growing food within the city, and to grow food security: access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food.

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  • Whitfield: Helping Older Adults with Hoarding Behaviour

    Dr. Kyle Whitfield, Associate Professor, and Dr. Jason Daniels at Faculty of Extension asked: What does a community response look like when it supports the health and social needs, as well as the capacities of older adults with compulsive hoarding behaviour living the Great Edmonton Area?

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    Study results pamphlet >>

    Final report >>

  • Adria: McLuhan Wired City Project

    Herbert Marshall McLuhan was a Canadian philosopher of communication theory and a public intellectual. His work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory, as well as having practical applications in the advertising and television industries. Born in Edmonton, McLuhan is known for coining the expressions "the medium is the message" and "the global village", and for predicting the World Wide Web almost thirty years before it was invented. 

    Through this project, CRSC and Dr. Marco Adria sought to recognize McLuhan's historical and social significant to Edmonton, and pursue development of a wireless zone in the Capital Region.

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