The Definition of Rural and Its Implications

This poster, created by Alex Petric and Neil Stoop, was featured at the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation Conference (September 2017) in Nelson, BC.

Everyone can conceive of urban and rural spaces, but there is no common, rigorous definition of these terms. How can we collectively decide what they mean? We present an overview of definitions of “rural” with a focus on the Canadian context and discuss their implications for research and policy formation, along with a plan for future investigation.

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