Office: SN 2020
Phone: (709) 864-8981
I am Lecturer and PhD candidate in the Department of Geography. My teaching and research focuses on economic and rural geography. Research interests include rural and regional development, governance, community collaboration, philanthropy, and immigration/migration.
I received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Geography and a Master of Rural Development degree from Brandon University. I also hold appointments as a Research Affiliate with the Rural Development Institute and a lecturer in the Department of Aboriginal Community Development at Assiniboine Community College.
I am currently the President of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation and an executive board member of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network.
- rural and regional development
- governance and multi-community collaboration
- mobility, migration, and immigration
- rural philanthropy and community foundations
Current Research Initiatives
- Canadian Regional Development: A Critical Review of Theory, Practice and Potentials
- Immigration as an Option for Rural Sustainability
- Mutual Intercu
- ltural Relations in Plural Societies
- Philanthropy as a Vehicle for Regional Development Place Periphery: The Promise and Challenge of Place-Based Development in Rural and Remote Regions
- Seeking Innovative Policy and Governance Solutions for Sustainable Drinking Water
Illustrative Publications and Presentations
Gibson, R. (2013). Life beyond the zone boards: Understanding the new reality of regional development in Newfoundland and Labrador. Newfoundland Quarterly: A Cultural Journal of Newfoundland and Labrador, 105(4), 39-42.
Gibson, R., & Vodden, K. (2012, April). Building governance from initiatives of inter-municipal collaboration and regionalization: Experiences in peripheral regions in Newefoundland, Canada. Presented at New Challenges for Local Governance – International Geography Union’s Commission on Governance Conference, Lisbon, Portugal. [PDF]
Gibson, R., Vodden, K., & Markey, S. (2012, May). Regional governance in the periphery: Lessons learned for rural and regional development policy and practice. Presented at the 2012 Rural Research Workshop, Ottawa, ON. [PDF]
Vodden, K., Gibson, R., & Potter, M. (forthcoming, 2012). A brighter future for whom? Rural and regional development in the Williams era. In A. Marland & M. Kirby (Eds.), Masters of our own destiny: Politics and public policy in Newfoundland and Labrador in the Danny Williams era. Montréal: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Gibson, R., Bucklaschuk, J., & Annis, R. (forthcoming). Fostering a welcoming prairie city through community partnerships: Brandon, Manitoba’s response to temporary foreign workers. In G. Bonifacio & J. Drolet (Eds.), Immigration and the small city: Canadian experience and perspectives. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.
Gibson, R. (2011, September). Governance at the heart of regional development? An exploratory investigation of rural regional governance initiatives in Newfoundland and Ireland. Poster presented at the Culture, Place, and Identity at the Heart of Regional Development, St. John’s, NL. [PDF]
Annis, R., Gibson, R., & Berry, J. (2011, June). Intercultural relations in a prairie community. Presented at the Canadian Psychology Association Convention, Toronto, ON. [PDF]
Gibson, R., & Vodden, K. (2011, April). Rural governance in the periphery: Regional development lessons learned from Canada. Presented at the Regional Development and Policy – Challenges, Choices and Recipients conference, Newcastle, UK. [PDF]
Gibson, R., Annis, R., & Berry, J. (2011, April). Understanding welcoming communities and multiculturalism: Implications of intercultural relations in a prairie Canadian community. Presented at Migration: Economic Challenge, Social Change, London, UK. [PDF]
Gibson, R., & Dominaux, G. (2010, October). Exploring regionalism in rural Newfoundland: The case of the Burin Peninsula. Presented Taking the Next Steps: Sustainability Planning, Policy and Participation for Rural Canadian Communities, Camrose, AB. [PDF]
Annis, R., Gibson, R., & Berry, J. (2010, July). Welcoming communities: Intercultural relations in a prairie community. Presented at the Scientific Committee of the 20th International Congress of the International Association of Cross Cultural Psychology, Melbourne, Australia.
Gibson, R., Bucklaschuk, J., & Annis, R. (2010, April). Creating a welcoming prairie city through community partnerships: Brandon, Manitoba’s response to Temporary Foreign Workers. Presented at the American Association of Geographers Conference, Washington DC. [PDF]
Bucklaschuk, J., Gibson, R., Annis, R., & Moss, A. (2009). Brandon as a welcoming community: Preliminary findings. Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University.
Gibson, R., & Shanghvi, I. (2009). Diverse, dynamic and dedicated: Scan of Manitoba’s rural and northern community foundations. Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University. [PDF]
Annis, R., Peers, B., Gibson, R., & Moss, A. (2008). Emerging and evolving economic development opportunities for rural Manitoba. Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University.