Karen Foster

Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Rural Futures for Atlantic Canada

Tier 2 - 2015-04-01
Renewed: 2020-05-01
Dalhousie University
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council


Research involves

Critically assessing the pursuit of economic growth as a strategy for sustaining rural communities in Atlantic Canada.

Research relevance

This research will examine the connections between scaled-down economic production and consumption, climate change and the long-term sustainability of rural communities in Atlantic Canada.

Research summary

Dr. Karen Foster’s Canada Research Chair research program focuses on work, economy and development in rural Atlantic Canada, with an eye to understanding changing livelihoods, regional economic and development policy, shifting social inequalities, and intergenerational relationships therein. Supported by Foster’s Canada Foundation for Innovation-funded Rural Futures Research Centre at Dalhousie University, the research has two overarching aims: The first is to gather and analyze data to help Atlantic Canadians understand themselves, and to contribute to policy discussions about the region. The second is to bring Atlantic-focused research in conversation with international scholarly work on rural sustainability and development. Specific studies carried out under this umbrella include examining: occupational succession in rural businesses, import replacement, rural housing stock and needs, and the gig and informal economy in rural areas.