Courtney Mason

Canada Research Chair in Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Communities

Tier 2 - 2015-10-01
Renewed: 2020-10-01
Thompson Rivers University
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

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Research involves

Examining how Indigenous Canadian communities are responding to rural change and pursuing strategies that increase food security, provide development opportunities and promote environmental sustainability.

Research relevance

To understand the viabilities of tourism and parks as productive strategies to develop Indigenous lands in ways that minimize risks to local ecosystems, increase food security and economic opportunities, while supporting cultural continuities. This research is influencing policy decisions concerning Indigenous lands and resources, which has global relevance as well as significance at grassroots community levels.

Research summary

Land use planning engages a community in determining the future use of its natural resources. When it comes to Indigenous lands, these processes are also important for asserting rights and community values. Dr. Courtney Mason, Canada Research Chair in Rural Livelihoods and Sustainable Communities, is studying rural and Indigenous land use development with a focus on rural socio-cultural, environmental and economic change.

He and his research team have two areas of focus: tourism development and protected area management, and Indigenous food security, sport fishing tourism and conservation practices. They are assessing the risks, benefits and viabilities of tourism development and interpreting the policies and frameworks on land use and tourism that are shaping livelihoods in rural and Indigenous communities. Ultimately, their work will inform policy decisions related to rural and Indigenous land use development, management and governance.