Rural communities and rural development is at a crossroads. Rural areas are confronted with a multitude of challenges and opportunities related to their economies. The Università di Bologna, in partnership with the Rural Policy Learning Commons, hosted a two day workshop focused on rural sustainability, rural innovation, and rural development practices. Dr. Gibson was invited to present on his research focused on place-based development from the Canadian landscape. The presentation focused Place Peripheral: Place-based Development in Rural, Island, and Remote Regions publications. A copy of the presentation can be found here.