R Gibson - reduced1Originally from rural Manitoba, I have a deep intrigue and respect for rural communities, rural people, and the events that shape their futures. Over the past ten years I have been engaged in research projects and community development processes focused on new forms of governance, regional collaboration, cooperatives, rural philanthropy, rural revitalization, and immigration and migration.

As of July 1, 2016, I am the Libro Professor of Regional Economic Development in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph. I also serve as a board member with the Canadian Community Economic Development Network and the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation. I hold appointments with the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development at the University of Saskatchewan, the Rural Development Institute at Brandon University, and Assiniboine Community College.



I currently hold the following appointments and professional membership with the following organizations.

Research Centre Member, International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, University of Saskatchewan
Research Affiliate, Rural Development Institute, Brandon University
Lecturer, Assiniboine Community College
Advisory Committee Member, Institute of Island Studies, University of Prince Edward Island
Adjunct Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Saint Mary's University


Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation/Fondation canadienne pour la revitalisation rurale
Canadian Community Economic Development Network
Canadian Association of Geographers
American Association of Geographers
Regional Studies Association
Economic Developer's Council of Ontario
Rural Resilience Research Group, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University