Education

Education
Sep 2009 - Dec 2013

Doctorate of Philosophy

Memorial University

Research focuses on multi-community collaboration, regional governance, policy, and community economic development in Newfoundland, Canada and South Kerry, Ireland.

Dissertation title: Collaborative Governance in Rural Regions: An Examination of Theory and Practice in Newfoundland and Ireland.

Supervisors: Dr. Kelly Vodden (Environmental Policy Institute, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University), Dr. Keith Storey (Department of Geography, Memorial University), Prof. David Douglas (School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph), Dr. Brendan O'Keeffe (Department of Geography, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick)

Dec 2009 - Apr 2010

Graduate Teaching Certificate

Memorial University

The program in teaching focused on adult teaching and learning techniques, strategies for teaching at the undergraduate level. 

Sep 2003 - May 2005

Master of Rural Development

Brandon University

This diverse program focused on both the theoretical and applied nature of rural development. The Masters program achieves a better understanding of the social issues, processes, and potential outcomes and outputs of rural development. Components of the program included: business development, economic development, community development, sustainability, rural health/well-being, and research methodologies. Concentrations within the program included community development (CED), economic development, co-operatives, and community collaboration.

Master thesis title: Choosing to Create Their Own Future: Co-operatives, Community Economic Development and the Future of Rural Manitoba

Supervisors: Dr. Kenneth Bessant, Dr. Robert Annis, Dr. Erasmus Monu

Sep 1999 - Oct 2003

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Brandon University

The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) program in Geography focused on the spatial organization of human activity and of people’s relationships with their environment. Components of the program included: cultural geography, rural geography, economic geography, and geographical information systems. Concentrations within the program included human geography, rural sociology, geographical information systems.

Honours Thesis Title: Non-material Cultural Diffusion Via the Internet in Taipei, Taiwan

Advisors: Dr. Derrek Eberts and Dr. John Everitt

Work History

Work History
2005 - Present

Research Affiliate

Rural Development Institute

I have engaged as a researcher with the Rural Development Institute on a variety of projects. The Institute serves as a centre for excellence in rural development helping to foster rural community development and community resiliency through research and information on issues unique to rural areas. During my time with the Institute, I have coordinated projects focusing on new forms of governance, regional collaboration, cooperatives, rural philanthropy, rural revitalization, and immigration and migration. 

Illustrative recent projects include: 

2009 - Present

Research Assistant

Memorial University

I am engaged as a researcher on a number of rural and regional  development research initiatives. 

(a) Exploring Regionalism as a means to Positively Impact Economic Growth and Diversification on the Burin Peninsula. The project is exploring how the communities of the Burin Peninsula can work regionally to improve economic growth and diversification. Further information on the research project can be found at http://regionalismburinpen.wordpress.com/.

(b) Canadian Regional Development: A Critical Review of Theory, Practice and Potentials. This cross-Canada project is designed to investigate Canadian regional development in theory, policy, and practice. The emphasis is on five areas: governance, rural-urban, integrated development, place-based development, and learning/knowledge/innovation. Further information on the research project can be found at http://cdnregdev.wordpress.com

(c) Demographic Change and Economic Growth: Policy Considerations for the Government of Canada. The objectives of this project are to identify those considerations that would inform internal decision-making and policy development within the Canadian federal government departments (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and the Federal Initiatives for Northern Ontario) with respect to program investment that would influence population growth and retention.

2005 - Present

Lecturer

Assiniboine Community College

Since 2005, I have served as a curriculum writer and a lecturer in Department of Aboriginal and Community Development. I lead the development of two curriculum for the newly commenced Aboriginal Community Development two-year diploma program. Responsibilities include developing a course reader, activities, lectures, and assignments (Recreation, Housing & Community Development and Using Arts and Tourism for Community Economic Development). 

I serve as a lecturer for the following courses: Introduction to Community Development (PSSY:0008), Contemporary Issues in Aboriginal Community Development (PSSY:0047), Proposal Writing and Research (COMM:0033), Board Development (HRMG:0032), Using Arts and Tourism for Community Economic Development (ECON:0014), and Recreation, Housing and Community Development (ECON:0010).
Oct 2013 - Present

Postdoctoral Fellow

International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, University of Saskatchewan

The focus of this fellowship is the preparation of a holistic economic and social development index appropriate for provincial Norths in Canada. Through the Fellowship I am working with northern and Aboriginal communities, responding to their local challenges and priorities, to ultimately derive enhanced northern public policy. 

Sep 2012 - Apr 2013

Lecturer

Memorial University

As a faculty member in the Department of Geography I am responsible for instructing the following undergraduate courses:  Economic Geography (GEOG 2302), Community and Regional Planning (GEOG 3350), Geography of Global Change (GEOG 1050), and Regional Development (GEOG 4320). Specific responsibilities include:

  • designing, preparing and developing teaching materials, 
  • delivering lectures, seminars and tutorials,
  • assessing students' coursework, 
  • setting and marking examinations, and
  • supervising students’ research activities.
2008 - 2010

Coordinator

Leafy Spurge Stakeholders Group

For a two year period I served as Coordinator of a broad coalition of agricultural and conservation organizations and government representatives. I was responsible for managing the organization, supervising seasonal researchers, proposal and report writing. During my tenure as Coordinator I served as project manager for two key projects: 

Research Interests

  • governance
  • multi-community collaboration
  • regional development
  • rural policy
  • philanthropy
  • immigration
  • economic geography
  • globalization

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

Gibson, R. (2013). Life beyond zone boards: Understanding the new reality of regional development in Newfoundland and Labrador. Newfoundland Quarterly: A Cultural Journal of Newfoundland and Labrador, 105(1), 39-42.

Gibson, R., & Vodden, K. (forthcoming). Relationships, defending community interests, and trust: An assessment of barriers to regional collaboration in the Burin Peninsula, Newfoundland, Canada. 

Gibson, R., & Shanghvi, I. (forthcoming). Creating new futures in rural communities: Community foundations and rural development in Manitoba, Canada.

Gibson, R. (2007). Leaf Rapids, Manitoba. In I. Boyens (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Manitoba (p. 389). Winnipeg, MB: Great Plains Publications. 

Annis, R., & Gibson, R. (2006). Hooked! A case study of the impacts of broadband in rural and northern communities. Making Waves, 17(1), 13-16.

Gibson, R., & Eberts, D. (2004). Browsing for English: An investigation of non-material cultural diffusion via the Internet among Taiwanese youth. Prairie Perspectives, 114-128. 

Books and Chapters

Vodden, K., Baldacchino, G., & Gibson, R. (Eds.) (forthcoming). Place peripheral: The promise and challenge of place-based development in rural and remote regions. St John's: Institute of Social and Economic Research. 

Vodden, K., Baldacchino, G., & Gibson, R. (forthcoming). Development in place: A view from the edge ... or is it the centre? In K. Vodden, G. Baldacchino, & R. Gibson (Eds). Place peripheral: The promise and challenge of place-based development in rural and remote regions (pp. 5-16). St John's: Institute of Social and Economic Research. 

Vodden, K., Gibson, R., & Porter, M. (forthcoming). A brighter future for whom? Rural and regional development in the Williams Era. In A. Marland and 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. (2008). Managing editor. In L. Apedaile and N. Tsuboi (Eds), Revitalization: Fate and choice. Brandon: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University. Available online at http://revitalization.brandonu.ca.

Annis, R., Beattie, M., & Gibson, R. (2006). Regional round table handbook for the community collaboration process. Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University.

Annis, R., Beattie, M, & Gibson, R. (2006). The community collaboration journey. Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University.

Annis, R., Gibson, R., Kobluk, D., & Beattie, M. (2004). Tools for action. In Annis, R., Racher, F., & Beattie, M. (Eds.) Rural community health and well-being: A guide to action. Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University.

Gfellner, B., Ryan-Nicholls, K., Gibson, R., Pachkowski, K., & Shirray, N. (2004). Information collection and analysis. In Annis, R., Racher, F., & Beattie, M. (Eds.) Rural community health and well-being: A guide to action. Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University.

Racher, F., Everitt, J., Gfellner, B., Ryan-Nicholls, K., Gibson, R., Funk, E., & Beattie, M. (2004). Rural community health and well-being. In Annis, R., Racher, F., & Beattie, M. (Eds.) Rural community health and well-being: A guide to action. Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University.

Reimer, B., Ramsey, D., Ryan-Nicholls, K., & Gibson, R. (2002). Case Studies. In Annis, R., Racher, F. and Beattie, M. (Eds). A rural community guidebook for assessing well-being and quality of life (130-137). Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University. 

Reports

Billah, M., Gibson, R., & Vodden, K. (2013). Rural immigration on the Avalon Peninsula: Exploring options for sustainability. Corner Brook: Environmental Policy Institute, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. 

Tucker, A., Gibson, R., Vodden, K., & Holley, J. (2011). Network weaving for regional development on the Tip of the Northern Peninsula. St. John’s: Department of Geography, Memorial University. 

Gibson, R., & Mitchelmore, N. (2011). Tip of the Northern Peninsula – Introduction to social media tools. St. John’s: Department of Geography, Memorial University. 

Gibson, R.(2010). Understanding the past to prepare for the future. Montréal: Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation/Fondation Canadienne pour la Revitalisation Rurale.

Gibson, R. (2010). Youth mobility: Assessing youth mobility among Manitoba’s economic regions 2001/2002 to 2006/2007. Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University.

Bucklaschuk, J. & Gibson, R. (2009). Exploring Brandon as a welcoming community. Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University.

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., & Annis, R. (2009). Understanding Manitoba’s community foundations: Preliminary results.Brandon: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University.

Gibson, R., & Ferguson, L. (2009). Building momentum on leafy spurge bio-control: Highlights from the Leafy Spurge Beetle Forum. Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University.

Gibson, R., & Ferguson, L. (2009). Leafy spurge rangeland control and management. 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.

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.

Gibson, R. (2008). Celebration is an activity of diversity: Brandon Human Rights Day Celebration Evaluation. Brandon, MB: Brandon Race Relations Network.

Gibson, R. (2008). Boom bust economies: Impacts on rural and remote communities. Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University.

Gibson, R., & Annis, R. (2008). Overview of rural research centres in Canada. Brandon: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University.

Gibson, R., & Annis, R. (2008). ‘At the end of the day the RRT is about relationships, trust, and respect’: A collaborative evaluation of the Yukon Regional Round Table and Advisory Group. Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University.

Gibson, R., & Annis, R. (2008). The future may not unfold as an extrapolation of the past: Manitoba’s changing demographics submission to the Manitoba Election Boundaries Commission. Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University.

Annis, R., Moss, A., & Gibson, R. (2007). Reflections on rural and northern poverty. Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University.

Gibson, R. (2007). Manitoba Cooperative Youth Leadership Seminar staff manual. Winnipeg, MB: Manitoba Cooperative Association.

Gibson, R., & Annis, R. (2007). 2007 annual workshop report of the Community Collaboration Project: Empowering communities and building capacity. Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University.

Gibson, R., & Annis, R. (2007). Collaborative evaluation of the Manitoba Regional Round Tables and the Manitoba Steering Committee. Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University.

Gibson, R., Annis, R., & Dobson, J. (2007). Collaborative evaluation of the Yukon Regional Round Table and the Yukon Advisory Group. Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University.

Gibson, R., Moss, A., & Annis, R. (2007). Exploring governance and collaboration: Dialogue of the CCP Study Group. Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University.

Moss, A., Gibson, R., & Annis, R. (2007). Documenting the National Rural Research Network’s achievements and lessons learned. Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University.

Peers, B., Farquhar, K., Ham, A., Peers, A., & Gibson, R. (2007). Evaluation of the managing leafy spurge project. Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University.

Racher, F., Gibson, R., & Annis, R. (2007). Strengthening our collective planning and moving to action together. Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University. 

Presentations

Gibson, R. (2013, August). Who is ready for new governance in rural Canada? Presented at the Canadian Association of Geographers Conference, St John's, Newfoundland. 

Barrett, J., & Gibson, R. (2013, August). Philanthropy: A saviour to regional development in rural areas? Presented at the Canadian Association of Geographers Conference, St John's, Newfoundland. 

Brett, L., Daniels, J., Down-Robinson, R., Gibson, R., Noble, T., & Vodden, K. (2013, June). Community Based Research in the Classroom and Beyond (2013, June). Presented at Community-University Expo 2013, Corner Brook, Newfoundland. 

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 Policy and Research in Community Investment - Rural Research Workshop, Ottawa, Ontario.

Gibson, R., & Vodden, K. (2012, April). Building governance from initiatives of regionalization and inter-municipal collaboration: Experiences in peripheral regions of Newfoundland, Canada. Presented at New Challenges for Local Governance, Lisbon, Portugal.

Annis, R., & Gibson, R. (2012, March). Investing in innovative infrastructure for a stronger and vibrant rural Canada. Presented to the Infrastructure and Stronger Communities Workshop, Ottawa, Ontario. 

Gibson, R., (2011, October). 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, Newfoundland.

Annis, R., Gibson, R., & Berry, J. (2011, June). Intercultural relations in a prairie city. Presented at the Canadian Psychology Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Ontario.

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-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom.

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.

Annis, R., Gibson, R., & Berry, J. (2010, October). Intercultural relations in a rural Canadian prairie city. Presented at the One/An/Other Conference, Eger, Hungary.

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.

Gibson, R., Vodden, K., & Dominaux, G. (2010, October). Exploring regionalism in the Burin Peninsula. Poster presented at the On the Bright Side Rural Works – Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference, Brandon, MB.

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.

Annis, R., Gibson, R., & Bucklaschuk, J. (2010, March). Welcoming communities: A Manitobans perspective with implication for policy, research, and practice. Presented to the Metropolis BC Policy Workshop on Welcoming Communities, Victoria, BC.

Gibson, R., & Annis, R. (2009, March). From serendipity to planned practice. Presented at Frontiers of Canadian Immigrant – Metropolis Conference, Calgary, AB.

Annis, R., Beattie, M., & Gibson, R. (2008, July).Collaborative partnerships: The community collaboration story. Presented at the Rural Matters: Forging Healthy Rural Communities conference, Edmonton, AB.

Annis, R., Bucklaschuk, J., Moss, A., & Gibson, R. (2008, March). Temporary migration and regional economic development: A case study of Brandon, MB. Presented at the Policy Research Seminar on Temporary Migration, Ottawa, ON.

Annis, R., Chan, Y., Gibson, R., Greenwood, R., Reimer, B., & Ryser, L. (2008, October).Exploring the role of university research centres in knowledge mobilization, rural capacity building, and community engagement. Paper presented at the Knowledge in Motion, St. John’s, NL.

Annis, R., & Gibson, R. (2008, July). Aboriginal peoples in Canada: Demographic profile, policies, and self governance. Presented at the International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Summer Institute, Columbia, USA.

Annis, R., Gibson, R., Bollman, R., Jean, B., & Pack, D. (2008, November). The Canadian perspective: Comparative policy initiatives. Presented at the International Comparative Rural Policy Forum, Puebla, Mexico.

Bucklaschuk, J., Gibson, R., & Moss, A. (2008, June). Temporary migration in rural areas: The case of ‘transitional’ foreign workers in Brandon, Manitoba. Presented at the Boom Bust Economies: Impact on Rural and Remote Communities Conference, Inuvik, NT.

Gibson, R., Annis, R., & Beattie, M. (2008, June). Regional round tables: The power of collaboration.Presented at the Boom Bust Economies: Impact on Rural and Remote Communities Conference, Inuvik, NT.

Annis, R., Beattie, M., & Gibson, R. (2007, October). Community Collaboration Project: Creating new regional partnerships in new and different ways. Presented at the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference, Vermilion, AB.

Gibson, R. (2007, June). Strengthening rural communities through volunteerism and collaboration. Presented at the Vitalize 2007, Calgary, AB.

Gibson, R., & Annis, R. (2007, September). Eliminating barriers: Impacts of broadband connectivity in rural and northern communities. Presented at the Prairie Division, Canadian Association of Geographers, Weyburn, SK. 

Professional Involvement

Agricultural Institute of Canada

American Association of Geographers

Canadian Agriculture and Rural Extension Society

Canadian Association of Geographers

Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation

  • Elected President (2012 - Present) 
  • Elected to Board of Directors (2009 - Present)

Canadian Community Economic Development Network

  • Member of Board of Directors (2008 - Present)
  • Secretary, Board of Directors (2012 - Present)
  • Chair of the National Membership Committee (2008 - Present)
  • Member of Communication Committee (2011 - Present)
  • Member of Research Committee (2012 - Present)

International Geography Union - Commission on Governance (2012 - Present)

Regional Studies Association

World University Service of Canada

  • Member of Memorial University Local Committee (2009 - Present)
  • Member of Brandon University Local Committee (2000 - 2003)

Recent Awards and Scholarships

2013

  • Institute of Nonprofit Studies Applied Research Fund ($7,500)

2012

  • Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, Applied Research Fund ($13,500)
  • IODE War Memorial Scholarship ($15,000)

2011

  • Craig Dobbin Scholarship, Ireland Canada University Foundation ($7,000)

2010

  • Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada ($6,000)
  • Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development Applied Research Funding ($11,800)
  • Institute of Social and Economic Research Fellowship ($5,870)

2009

  • Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada ($105,000)
  • Dean of Arts Excellence Scholarship, Memorial University ($9,000)
  • MITACS-Rural Secretariat Fellowship ($15,000)