The International Comparative Rural Policies Studies (ICRPS) organization is now seeking applicants for its annual summer school. Each year this unique two-week program alternates between Europe and North America, bringing together an international, multi-disciplinary group of faculty, students, and professionals to study the many facets of rural policy. The 9th annual summer school will be held in Québec this year from June 21 to July 6.
The summer institute is an intensive program that provides graduate students, researchers, and rural development experts and practitioners from around the world an opportunity to examine and compare the role of rural policy in different cultural, political, and administrative contexts in Europe, North America, and the South. Participants work on skills for analyzing and comparing rural policies at the international, national, regional and local levels while studying the nature and implications of new forms of governance in rural contexts.
While studying Rural Planning at the University of Guelph, I had the special opportunity to participate in the 2009 ICRPS program, traveling the highlands and islands of Scotland on a two-week learning and adventure tour. It was an engaging blend of participatory lectures, group-based problem solving, student-led presentations, and out of the class fieldwork exercises with an itinerary that took us from Edinburgh to Inverness to the Isle of Skye.
Field school participants are given unparalleled access to some of the world's current leading specialists in rural policy studies in a convivial yet intellectually stimulating environment. Meanwhile, itineraries are always packed with great travel and cultural experiences. This year's participants will begin in Montréal before traveling on to the Estrie region, Québec City and the Bas Saint-Laurent region.
All information on the two-week summer school, including registration details can be found at www.icrps2012.ca. If you have any questions or require any further information, you can contact the ICRPS 2012 team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Isle of Skye, Scotland. Taken during ICRPS 2009. Photo by Morgan Boyco.
Morgan Boyco, Project Manager, Rural Ontario Institute