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A joint initiative of the University of Alberta - Augustana Campus and the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences.

With booming economic conditions in some communities and long-term decline in others, the social and economic contexts of rural communities are increasingly complex. Population aging, dispersed families and changing migration patterns have influenced social connections in rural communities; while technological and environmental change and resource management conflicts affect community vitality.

 
While rural communities face diverse and unprecedented challenges, those challenges have not received the kind of prominent and sophisticated research and policy consideration as have the needs of major cities in recent years.
 
The Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities fills the gap for research and policy in rural areas by fostering constructive dialogue, promoting interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and developing partnerships between the University of Alberta and rural communities in Alberta and beyond.