Ryan Gibson

Assistant Professor
Faculty of Arts
Geography and Environmental Studies

Faculty Member Information

Interests

Rural geography, regional development, governance, and philanthropy

Education

Ph.D., Geography, Memorial University , 2014
M.A., Rural Development, Brandon University, 2005
B.A., Honours Geography, Brandon University, 2003

Professional Licensures & Certifications

Certificate in Teaching , Memorial University of Newfoundland , 2011

Academic Work Experience

2015 - Present, Advisory Committee Member, Institute of Island Studies, University of Prince Edward Island
2014 - Present, Assistant Professor, Saint Mary's University
2014 - Present, Centre Member, International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, University of Saskatchewan
2013 - 2014, Postdoctoral Fellow in Circumpolar Economic Development, International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, University of Saskatchewan
2012 - 2013, Lecturer, Department of Geography, Memorial University
2006 - Present, Research Affiliate, Rural Development Institute
2005 - 2014, Instructor and Curriculum Developer/Writer, Assiniboine Community College

Membership

2012 - Present, Institute of Public Administration Canada
2012 - Present, International Society for Third Sector Research
2011 - Present, Agricultural Institute of Canada
2011 - Present, Canadian Agricultural and Rural Extension Society
2010 - Present, Regional Studies Association
2009 - Present, American Association of Geographers
2009 - Present, Rural Geography Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers
2009 - Present, Atlantic Division, Canadian Association of Geographers
2006 - Present, Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation
2004 - Present, Canadian Community Economic Development Network
2003 - Present, Canadian Association of Geographers
2003 - Present, Prairie Division, Canadian Association of Geographers
2003 - Present, Rural Study Group, Canadian Association of Geographers
1998 - Present, Manitoba Cooperative Leadership

Honours

IODE War Memorial Scholarship for Doctoral Studies - 2012
Dobbin Scholarship Ireland Canada University Foundation - 2011
Institute of Social and Economic Research Fellowship - 2010
Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada - 2009
Dean of Arts Excellence Scholarship Memorial University of Newfoundland - 2009
MITACS-Rural Secretariat Fellowship - 2009
Brandon University Gold Medal in Rural Development - 2005
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Scholarship - 2003

Scholarly Contributions

Book Reviews

Gibson Ryan. "book chapter"

Book

Vodden Kelly, Gibson Ryan, Baldachhino Godfrey. "Place peripheral: The promise and challenge of place-based development in rural and remote regions (forthcoming)" (Fall - 2015)
Markey Sean, Breen Sarah-Patricia, Gibson Ryan, Mealy Ruth, Ryser Laura. "The State of Rural Canada 2015" (Fall - 2015)

Journal Articles

Hallstrom Lars, Ashton William, Bollman Ray, Gibson Ryan, Johnson Tom. "Policy designs in rural Manitoba: Alternatives and opportunities in the midst of change.", Manitoba Law Journal: Underneath the Golden Boy 38:2 (Winter - 2015)
Gibson Ryan. "Life beyond zone boards? The new reality of regional development in Newfoundland and Labrador", Newfoundland Quarterly: A Cultural Journal of Newfoundland and Labrador 105:4 (Spring - 2013), 39-42

Presentation

Gibson Ryan. "In the absence of government: Alternative service delivery methods in rural Canada. ", Enabling Sustainable Communities Conference (Summer - 2015)
Gibson Ryan. "Density, distance, and borders: Responding to globalization in the Strait of Belle Isle, Canada", 8th Quadrennial Conference of the British, Canadian, and American Rural Geographers (Summer - 2015)
Gibson Ryan, O'Keeffe Brendan. "Assessing rural vibrancy in Ireland and Nova Scotia: Implications for community planning, policy, and academia", Building Community Resilience: Innovation, Culture, and Governance in Place (Fall - 2015)
Nakashima Hiroaki, Gibson Ryan, Vodden Kelly. "The collaborative governance conundrum: Preliminary analysis of new regionalism in BC, ON, QC and NL", Building Community Resilience: Innovation, Culture, and Governance in Place (Fall - 2015)
Gibson Ryan. "Philanthropy: The missing key to rural development and revitalization?", Geography and Environmental Studies Blue Box Series (Fall - 2015)
Khan Ahmed, Mother Josh, Gibson Ryan. "Bridging the faculties: An examination of environmental sustainability in Saint Mary’s University curriculum", Geography and Environmental Studies Blue Box Series (Fall - 2015)
Gibson Ryan. "Rural philanthropy, wealth, and Nova Scotia", Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia webinar (Fall - 2015)
Fitzgibbons Jo, Gibson Ryan. "Vital signs: Progress and updates", Community Foundation of Nova Scotia Advisory Group Meeting (Summer - 2015)
Gibson Ryan. "Can multi-level regional governance enhance rural development? Experiences from South Kerry, Ireland and Newfoundland, Canada", Water-Food-Energy-Climate Nexus: An Emerging Challenge for Rural Policy (Spring - 2015)
Gibson Ryan. "An emerging new north compromised by old lines? Cross-border regional development in the Labrador Straits-Québec Lower North Shore region", Canadian Association of Geographers Conference (Spring - 2015)
Gibson Ryan. "The new rural realities: Wealth, governance, and innovation", Shift Rural: Connecting with a New Rural Landscape Conference (Winter - 2015)
Gibson Ryan. "New relationships, old partners? Experience of ‘new’ rural development initiatives in a peripheral region of Newfoundland", New Relationship, New Realities Conference (Fall - 2014)
Gibson Ryan. "Fostering rural revitalization and regional collaboration through philanthropy", Atlantic Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers Conference (Fall - 2014)
Gibson Ryan. "Strengthening rural regions", at New Relationships, New Realities Conference (Fall - 2014)
Gibson Ryan. "Outside the box but not tripping on the lines: Experiences in northern and rural multi-community collaboration", Towards Regional Collaboration Conference (Fall - 2014)
Gibson Ryan. "The future of regional economic development: Policies, strategies, and models", Manitoba Community Economic Development Speakers Series (Fall - 2014)
Gibson Ryan, Hallstrom Lars. "Reimaging rural Manitoba", Rural Policy Think Tank (Fall - 2014)
Gibson Ryan. "The role of philanthropy and regional development", Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs’ Knowledge Exchange Series (Fall - 2014)
Gibson Ryan. "Policy priorities for community economic development", Canadian Community Economic Development Network Webinar Series (Fall - 2014)
Gibson Ryan. "Missing key to rural development? The intersection of philanthropy and regional development in rural Canada", Building Resilient Communities and Regions Conference (Summer - 2014)
Gibson Ryan. "Translating a sense of place into new geographies of philanthropy? The case of Newfoundland, Canada", American Association of Geographers Conference (Winter - 2014)
Gibson Ryan, Barrett J.. " Fostering sustainable communities through philanthropy", Rural Canada: Ready to Grow Conference (Fall - 2013)
Barrett J., Gibson Ryan. "Philanthropy: A savior to regional development in rural areas?", Canadian Association of Geographers Conference (Spring - 2013)
Gibson Ryan. "Who is ready for new governance in rural development in Canada? ", Canadian Association of Geographers Conference (Spring - 2013)
Annis R., Gibson Ryan. "Investing in innovative infrastructure for a stronger rural Canada", Infrastructure and Stronger Communities Forum (Winter - 2012)
Gibson Ryan. "Is there life beyond regional economic development boards? ", Is there life beyond regional economic development boards? (Fall - 2012)
Gibson Ryan. "Philanthropy as a vehicle for regional development: Exploring community foundations in Atlantic Canada", Creating Rural Connections Conference (Fall - 2012)
Vodden K., Gibson Ryan. "Understanding new regionalism in Canada: Highlights from a current research initiative", Rural Research Workshop (Spring - 2012)
Gibson Ryan, Vodden K.. "Building governance from initiatives of inter-municipal collaboration and regionalization: Experiences in peripheral regions in Newfoundland, Canada.", New Challenges for Local Governance – International Geography Union’s Commission on Governance Conference (Winter - 2012)
Gibson Ryan, Vodden K., Markey S.. "Regional governance in the periphery: Lessons learned for rural and regional development policy and practice", 2012 Rural Research Workshop (Spring - 2012)
Gibson Ryan. "Governance at the heart of regional development? An exploratory investigation of rural regional governance initiatives in Newfoundland and Ireland", Culture, Place, and Identity at the Heart of Regional Development (Fall - 2011)
Gibson Ryan, Annis R., Berry J.. "Understanding welcoming communities and multiculturalism: Implications of intercultural relations in a prairie Canadian community", Migration: Economic Challenge, Social Change (Winter - 2011)
Gibson Ryan. "Understanding rural regional governance: A comparison of Ireland and Canada", South Kerry Development Partnership Board Meeting (Summer - 2011)
Gibson Ryan, Vodden K.. "Rural governance in the periphery: Regional development lessons learned from Canada", Regional Development and Policy – Challenges, Choices and Recipients Conference (Winter - 2011)
Annis R., Gibson Ryan, Berry J.. "Intercultural relations in a prairie community", Canadian Psychology Association Convention (Summer - 2011)
Gibson Ryan, Bucklaschuk J., Annis R.. "Creating a welcoming prairie city through community partnerships: Brandon, Manitoba’s response to Temporary Foreign Workers", American Association of Geographers Conference (Winter - 2010)
Gibson Ryan, Dominaux G.. "Exploring regionalism in rural Newfoundland: The case of the Burin Peninsula", Taking the Next Steps: Sustainability Planning, Policy and Participation for Rural Canadian Communities (Fall - 2010)
Annis R., Gibson Ryan, Berry J.. "Intercultural relations in a rural Canadian prairie city", One/An/Other Conference (Fall - 2010)
Annis R., Gibson Ryan, Bucklaschuk J.. "Welcoming communities: A Manitobans perspective with implication for policy, research, and practice", Metropolis BC Policy Workshop on Welcoming Communities (Winter - 2010)
Gibson Ryan, Vodden K., Dominaux G.. "Exploring regionalism in the Burin Peninsula", On the Bright Side Rural Works – Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference (Fall - 2010)
Gibson Ryan. "Community foundations: Innovative vehicles for rural and northern development", Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development Synergy Series (Spring - 2010)
Annis R., Gibson Ryan, Berry J.. "Welcoming communities: Intercultural relations in a prairie community", Scientific Committee of the 20th International Congress of the International Association of Cross Cultural Psychology (Summer - 2010)
Gibson Ryan. "Governance and models of regional development", Northern Peninsula Pilot Project Committee Retreat (Winter - 2010)
Gibson Ryan. "Dedicated, diverse, and dynamic: Experiences from rural and northern Community Foundations in Manitoba", Community Foundations of Newfoundland and Labrador (Summer - 2010)
Annis R., Gibson Ryan, Bucklaschuk J.. "Welcoming communities: A Manitoban’s perspective with implication for policy, research and practice", Metropolis British Columbia Policy Workshop on Welcoming Communities (Winter - 2010)

Other Publications

Gibson Ryan. "Is northern Saskatchewan’s population growing? (ICNGD Working Paper Series) "
Saskatoon: International Centre for Northern Governance and Development, University of Saskatchewan (Fall - 2015)
Barrett J., Gibson Ryan. "An examination of community foundations in Atlantic Canada"
Corner Brook: Environmental Policy Institute, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. (Spring - 2014)
Gibson Ryan, Parmiter S.. "Assets, revenues, and gifts: A review of Atlantic Canada’s community foundations"
Corner Brook: Environmental Policy Institute, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University (Spring - 2013)
Billah M., Gibson Ryan, Vodden K.. "Rural sustainability on the Avalon Peninsula: Exploring options for sustainability"
Corner Brook: Environmental Policy Institute, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. (Spring - 2013)
Barrett J., Gibson Ryan. "Charitable giving and volunteering in Atlantic Canada: A review of secondary data"
Corner Brook: Environmental Policy Institute, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. (Spring - 2013)
Tucker A., Gibson Ryan, Vodden K., Holley J.. "Network weaving for regional development on the Tip of the Northern Peninsula"
St. John’s: Department of Geography, Memorial University (Spring - 2011)
Gibson Ryan, Mitchelmore N.. " Tip of the Northern Peninsula – Introduction to social media tools. "
St. John’s: Department of Geography, Memorial University (Spring - 2011)
Gibson Ryan. "Youth mobility: Assessing youth mobility among Manitoba’s economic regions 2001/2002 to 2006/2007"
Brandon, MB: Rural Development Institute, Brandon University (Spring - 2010)
Gibson Ryan. "Understanding the past to prepare for the future"
Montréal: Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation/Fondation canadienne pour la revitalisation rurale (Spring - 2010)

Service: Institutional Committees

Senate Committee on Sustainability , 2015/01 - None (Member)
Faculty of Arts Outreach Committee, 2014/01 - None (Representative)
Department of Geography and Environmental Studies Blue Box Committee, 2014/01 - None (Chair)

Service: Professional or Disciplinary

Session convened, Creating Rural Connections Conference 2012/01 - 2012/01
Secretary and Member of the Executive , Canadian Community Economic Development Network 2011/03 - Present
Research Committee Member, Canadian Community Economic Development Network 2011/03 - Present
President, Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation 2011/03 - 2013/03
Session convened, Culture, Place and Identity at the Heart of Regional Development Conference 2011/01 - 2011/01
Website Coordinator , Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation 2009/03 - Present
Chair, National Membership Committee , Canadian Community Economic Development Network 2008/03 - Present
Board Member, National Board of Directors , Canadian Community Economic Development Network 2008/03 - Present
Board of Directors , Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation 2008/03 - Present
Committee Member, Membership Committee , Canadian Community Economic Development Network 2006/03 - 2008/03

Biography

<p>Orginally from rural Manitoba, Ryan Gibson has a deep intrigue and respect for rural communities, rural people, and the events that shape their futures. Growing up witnessing the transformations in rural development, agriculture, and their influence on communities instilled a fascination and commitment to rural issues. Over the past years Ryan has been a student, practitioner, and admirer of rural populations, dynamics, and interactions.</p> <p>Ryan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Saint Mary&rsquo;s University in Halifax, Canada. Ryan&rsquo;s research and community engagement focus on rural and regional development, governance, philanthropy, and public policy.</p> <p>In June 2015, Ryan was elected President of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network; a national organization committed to strengthening communities by creating economic opportunities that enhance social and environmental conditions. Ryan is the Past President of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation and holds appointments with the Rural Development Institute (Brandon University), the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development (University of Saskatchewan), Institute of Island Studies (University of Prince Edward Island), and Assiniboine Community College.&nbsp;</p>