Boom/Bust in Canada

Many people within Canada’s resource-based communities (RBCs) are increasingly becoming aware that complex political and socio-ecological variability and change may bring risk to their community, livelihoods, and well-being. The goal of this cluster is to examine the concept of resiliency within the context of RBCs to address the problematic relationship(s) between reliance, community well-being, and adaptive capacity, and to develop planning tools that RBCs and their respective governments and residents can access and learn from to improve their resiliency.

Research Goal

The central research goal of this project is to examine the concept of resiliency within the context of resource-based communities to address the often problematic relationship(s) between resource reliance, community well-being, and adaptive capacity.

Research Objectives

1. Theoretical: to investigate how a resource-based community that has been experiencing rapid growth (or decline) is able to adapt, prepare for, and become resilient to change (e.g. decreasing oil prices).

2. Practical: to work with resource-based communities and develop an appropriate interview guide to conduct semi-structured qualitative interviews to understand areas of resident concern to inform municipal policy to help ensure the long-term resiliency of the community.

3. Empirical: to gain experience and understanding of resource-based communities in order to develop an "online toolbox" of advice, experiences, and stories as a resource that is publically and freely accessible to enable resource-based communities to improve their own resiliency, and in turn, the overall resiliency of the economy.