Presentations

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

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

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.

Stacey Haugen - The State of Rural Canada: Alberta

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

In 2019 the province returned to its conservative roots with an overwhelming vote for the United Conservative Party (UCP) led by Premier Jason Kenney. They formed the Government of Alberta on April 30, 2019 with 62 of 87 seats, winning over 70% of the vote in a number of ridings.  Electoral support for the NDP was largely limited to urban centers. Voter turnout in the 2019 election was the highest recorded since 1982 at 64%.

At the local level, many of the challenges faced by rural municipalities are long-standing, but increasingly compounded by economic decline, provincial fiscal policy, deteriorating infrastructure, increasing urbanization, aging populations, and diminishing services. The province is home to 356 municipal units, of which 260 are recognized as urban municipalities, meaning they are defined as a city, town, village, or summer village under the Municipal Government Act.

Nicholas Yarmey - ECHO Screen

Presented at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting from February 25 - March 1 2022

Abstract- ECHO Screen: A spatial assessment tool for quantifying cumulative effects to environment, community, and health.

Stacey Haugen and Payton Grant - The Measurement Challenge for Environmental Policy: The Discursive Framing, Development and Usages of Data for Sustainability.

Presented at the Western Political Science Association (WPSA) - Portland, Oregon, March 10-12, 2022

Abstract- The Measurement Challenge for Environmental Policy: The Discursive Framing, Development and Usages of Data for Sustainability: Accounting for human/environment relationship requires data, indicators, and frameworks that include relationships between:

○Social,

○Economic,

○Health, and

○Ecological systems

While the scope, volume, and availability of data has increased, challenges remain.