Economic Development Presentations

The Impact of Automation on Local Communities: Economic Futures of Rural Alberta

Dr. Lars Hallstrom, PhD, Director Prentice Institute for Global Population and Economy, lars.hallstrom@uleth.ca

Stacey Haugen, MA, PhD Student, University of Alberta & Research Associate for the Prentice Institute, stacey.haugen@uleth.ca

Payton Grant, Research Assistant for the Prentice Institute

Presented at Canadian Rural Revitalization Conference (CRRF)  May 25 - May 27, 2022

Abstract- Automated technologies, increased digitalization, and international events, such as COVID-19, are putting pressure on national and local economies to adapt or face rising unemployment and economic downturn. Rural communities are particularly impacted by these pressures as their economies are often built around a common industry, and the lack of access to training opportunities and reliable broadband create significant barriers.