International Comparative Rural Policies Studies Program (ICRPS)

The ICRPS program aims to create a high-level, international, inter-disciplinary, and research-based learning environment for future leaders in rural policy development, research, teaching, and practice. The program provides a post-graduate program in comparative rural policy studies at post-secondary educational institutions in North America and the European Union.

ICRPS hosts an intensive two-week summer program attended by graduate students, faculty, and policy analysts. On average, 24 students and 15 faculty members participate each year. Over the last 15 years, six Brandon University faculty members and sixteen Brandon University Masters students have participated in ICRPS Summer Institutes. Eight of those Masters students have attended two concurrent years. Brandon University hosted the ICRPS Summer Institute in 2006 and will do so again in 2020.

Upcoming Summer Institutes

The 2019 Summer Institute will be hosted by the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland from June 16-29, 2019.

The 2020 Summer Institute will be hosted by Brandon University.

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Past Summer Institutes

Past summer programs have been hosted by:

2018 – Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, Alabama, USA) – ICRPS 2018 website
2017 – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain) – ICRPS 2017 website
2016 – University of Alaska Fairbanks (co-hosted by Sustainable Futures North) (Fairbanks, Alaska, USA) – ICRPS 2016 website
2015 – National University of Ireland, Galway & University College Dublin (Galway, Ireland)
2014 – Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Mexico (Toluca, Mexico)
2013 – University of Bologna (Bertinoro, Italy) – ICRPS 2013 website & ICRPS Italy 2013 Report
2012 – Concordia University, the Université du Québec à Rimouski, and the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF) (Montreal, Canada) – ICRPS 2012 website
2011 – Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) and Norwegian Agricultural Economics Research Institute (NILF) (Ås, Norway) – ICRPS 2011 website
2010 – Oregon State University and Portland State University (Corvallis, USA)
2009 – University of Highlands and Islands (Inverness, Scotland)
2008 – University of Missouri-Columbia (USA)
2007 – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
2006 – Brandon University (Canada)
2005 – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Leuven, Belgium)
2004 – University of Guelph (Canada)