Robert C. Annis

Rural Development Institute


Phone: 204-724-3644

Former Director of Brandon University’s Rural Development Institute (1999-2009), Dr. Annis is actively engaged in many community-based development organizations and research activities. He is past Chairperson of the Board of Community Futures Partners of Manitoba and Community Futures Westman, past Co-chair for Pan-West Community Futures Network of Western Canada. He was the founder of Brandon University’s innovative Community Outreach Service. He is a Research Affiliate, Prairie Metropolis Centre, International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Fellow and member of the Practitioner and Sector Strengthening committee of CEDNet. Dr. Annis is a former member of Brandon University’s Department of Rural Development (1999-2009), Brandon University’s Department of Native Studies (1983-1988) and of Scotland’s Caledonian University’s Department of Psychology (1977-1983). Dr. Annis has published more than 50 journal publications, reports and foundation documents reviewing many of the important social and economic issues facing rural and northern people on the Prairies.

Research Interests include:

  • community-based development strategies
  • community government partnerships
  • rural immigration
  • rural social and demographic trends
  • sustainable healthy communities